Local News

  • Parking ticket violators better pay up

    Anyone that has an unpaid parking ticket might want to consider paying up, and soon, or they will end up in court.

    The City of Lebanon currently has nearly $800 of unpaid parking tickets sitting on the books and Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young met with Marion County Attorney Joe Mattingly to discuss the issue last week.

    According to Young, the city has recognized that there are an inadequate number of parking signs in certain locations, and the city plans to correct that soon. But, from this point forward, parking tickets are going to be enforced, he said.

  • MCHS getting back to normal

    After a week-long investigation at Marion County High School, rumors of a "shooting plot" are still, in fact, rumors, according to a media release from Marion County Public Schools.


  • Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival rings in the season Dec. 5-7

    There's no time better to spend a weekend in the true Heart of Kentucky than during the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Whether it's good food, fun festivals, unusual sights or great shopping for gifts made with tender, loving care, Springfield and Lebanon have it all.

    Enjoy parades, visits with Santa, neat activities, quaint shops and, most of all, hospitality that comes with a visit to these quaint rural communities Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7.

  • Whitehouse honored for his service to agriculture

    Tom Whitehouse changes gears of his truck as it climbs the steep hill on his property. As he does this, he insists that his visitor should see the view before he leaves.

    Once they reach the peak, he points out the Ball farm, where he farmed more than 40 years ago, the Loretto water tower and Scott's Ridge. Whitehouse, 74, knows being a farmer hasn't always been easy, but it's safe to say that he's enjoyed what he's seen on the farm that he and his wife, Theresa, have called home for 33 years.

  • Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Lebanon Middle School.

    According to the agenda, the board will recognize outstanding contributions to Lebanon Middle School, hear a chorus presentation and hear an ITEST presentation. The board will also hear a WLMS News broadcast and learn about academic progress at Lebanon Middle.

    The board will have a roundtable discussion with the Lebanon Middle Site-Based Decision-Making Council. 

  • Tough times ahead

    Got a job?

    If so, feel lucky because, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation's unemployment rate reached a 14-year high of 6.5 percent in October as 240,000 more jobs were cut. So far this year, 1.2 million jobs have disappeared.

    Kentucky's unemployment rate is even higher than the nation's, at 6.7 percent, and Marion County's is the highest it's been in three years at 6.9 percent.

  • Former magistrate has died

    Kelly Bradshaw, who served as a magistrate from 1990 through 2002, died early Monday morning, Nov. 24.

    In addition to serving on the fiscal court, Bradshaw was an Air Force veteran, a member of St. Augustine Church and the Knights of Columbus.

    During his time on the court, the court voted to build a new detention center to replace the old county jail, and he supported the decision to expand the center shortly after it opened in 1997.

    Look for more about Bradshaw in the Dec. 3 edition.

  • Brett Guthrie goes to Washington

    By Ben Sheroan

    Landmark News Service

    More than a month before taking office, Brett Guthrie learned that in Washington, D.C., some elevators don’t go all the way to the top floor.

    In his first official introduction to the House of Representatives, Brett Guthrie experienced a hectic week of meetings, tours and presentations.

    He received his office assignment Friday. By tradition, freshman legislators draw for position to determine a selection order for what’s left after other House members have picked office space.

  • School board: Tech center is next project

    The recallable nickel may have been defeated at the polls Nov. 4, but the Marion County Board of Education still sees the need to make renovations to school buildings in the district.

    "We have to take our defeats as maybe an opportunity for the future," said Sr. Kay Carlew, board chairwoman.

  • Fire damages N. Forest Street home

    The Lebanon Fire Department responded to a house fire at 215 N. Forest Street in Lebanon Thursday morning, Nov. 19.

    No one was injured in the fire, and the damage was mainly in the upstairs attic-area of the house Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said.

    "It's pretty extensive damage, but I'd say it's repairable," he said.