Local News

  • Real World Project

    Students in the civil engineering and architecture class at Marion County High School presented their designs for a new Lebanon City Hall Friday morning, in a classroom full of city officials, school administrators and the media. The students completed their projects in nine weeks, which isn't nearly enough time for a project of this magnitude, according to their instructor Greg Conley.

  • Lebanon City Council to discuss budget

    Sunday alcohol sales won't be the only thing on the agenda when the Lebanon City Council meets at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 22.

    City Administrator John Thomas said the tentative agenda also includes the second reading of annexation ordinances and a discussion of the 2008-09 budget.

    Mayor Gary Crenshaw said that the city budget is in good shape, although he added, "It's prudent that we look at the budget."

    While city officials know that occupational tax revenues will be down some, Crenshaw said those revenues are still "pretty strong."

  • Campbellsville man dies in two-vehicle collision

    A Campbellsville man is dead after a two-vehicle collision on U.S. 68 Friday.

    According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office report, Richard Rakes, 56, of 3285 New Lebanon Road was traveling westbound on U.S. 68, six miles east of Campbellsville, at about 10:15 p.m.

    The report states Rakes' 2005 Ford pickup collided with a 2005 Chevrolet traveling eastbound, driven by Doug Cox, 57, of Mannsville.

    Witnesses at the scene told Taylor County Sheriff's Deputy Alan Newton that Rakes' vehicle crossed into the eastbound lane.

  • Wreaths Across America event to honor veterans Dec. 13

    The Kentucky Patriot Guard has volunteered to conduct the Wreaths Across America ceremony this year at the Lebanon National Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 13, starting at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember those who served, to honor their sacrifices, and to teach our younger generations about the high price of our freedoms.

  • Santa Claus land is Grade A Entertainment

    When it comes to ideas for alternative crops, a Kentucky farmer may have the most electrifying of all time.

    Paul and Darnell Ruley have four acres of brightly lit Christmas decorations on their 250-acre spread in Marion County.

    What started with "just a handful" of holiday displays 30 years ago has grown into a menagerie containing over a half million lights, according to the couple.

    The spectacle of lights and sounds attract thousands of visitors from as far away as Somerset, Owensboro, and Indiana.

  • Taking a detour

    Future road projects in Marion County, and throughout the rest of the state, are going to begin resembling a "Chevrolet" as opposed to the "Cadillac" variety that have been completed in the past, according to Patty Dunaway, chief district engineer for the Lincoln Trail District.

    Dunaway, who spoke at the Marion County Economic Development Office's First Friday Forum Dec. 5, said every single state road project on the books has been reviewed, and modifications are being made to help the state save millions of dollars.

  • County offers support for history museum

    The Marion County Historical Society paid a visit to the Marion County Fiscal Court last week in anticipation of the opening of a county history museum next year.

    The museum is planned to be housed in the former Lebanon High School building, currently under renovation as part of Centre Square.

    Dale Royse, the president of the historical society, spoke with the fiscal court about the society's plans for the museum in coming years.

    "Together we can create a valuable asset not only for ourselves but for others coming to this community," he said.

  • Felony against ex-ag agent dismissed

    Marion Circuit Judge Doughlas George has dismissed a felony charge of tampering with physical evidence against Ed Lanham Jr.

    Lanham is the former Marion County Agriculture Extension Agent. He was indicted in May for tampering with physical evidence (a felony) and second-degree cruelty to animals (a misdemeanor).

    As a result of the felony dismissal, Lanham's case has been remanded to Marion District Court.

  • Fit to print

    Joseph Lucas held the plastic pieces in his hand. When assembled, they created a movable, working part with interlocking gears.

    Lucas, a junior at Marion County High School, designed the part - and each of its pieces - as part of his coursework for Project Lead the Way,  a program intended to encourage and prepare students to pursue careers in engineering and science.

    And thanks to a cutting-edge piece of equipment, he was able to "print" the pieces in his classroom.

  • Regional parkway a goal in four counties

    Economic development, education and elected officials gathered Dec. 3 at Centre Square in Lebanon to mark the formation of the Heartland Parkway Foundation.

    The intended project would run from the Bluegrass Parkway in Washington County through Lebanon, Campbellsville and Columbia to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway in Adair County. The Heartland Parkway project involves widening and expanding the existing KY 55 corridor.