Local News

  • LPD investigating sabotage to excavation equipment

    Trademark Excavating Co. of Bardstown has reported damage to a piece of excavating equipment, which was being used on Lil Jodie Drive in Lebanon, and believe someone tampered with the machine. 

    “It appears that someone had poured some type of liquid into their hydraulic oil messing up the hydraulics on their bulldozer,” said Sgt. Tim Abell of the Lebanon Police Department. “It is still an open case. As far as I know, this has not happened before.”

  • Jump Start Day set for Aug. 1

    Marion County Public Schools will host Jump Start Day on Wednesday, Aug. 1, for incoming sixth through 10th graders. Jump Start Day is an opportunity for students to meet teachers, walk through their daily schedule, and acclimate themselves to bus routes. The day will begin at normal school time and will release at noon.

  • Superintendent seeks fiscal court’s support for new school resource officer

    Officials with Marion County Public Schools are working to make local schools safer, and they asked the Marion County Fiscal Court for its help last week.

    “Sheriff Clements and myself met with Taylora and a couple of her staff members to discuss safety issues at the county schools,” said Judge/Executive David Daugherty. “Times are different than they were five, 10, 20 years ago. It’s sad to say that we are even thinking about additional safety precautions in our schools, but that is our reality.”

  • Lebanon Police Department reports a decline in drug arrests

    Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady reported to the Lebanon City Council recently that he was seeing a notable drop in drug arrests and charges in Lebanon, which he attributes to his drug Task Force Officer (TFO), K-9 unit, and the rest of the officers in the department.

    “The rumor from the TFO is that the word on the streets is ‘don’t come to Lebanon with drugs, because they’ll stop you and catch you with them,’” said Brady at the Lebanon City Council meeting on July 9. 

  • Calhoun and VanWhy join tourism commission

    Autria Calhoun and Harry VanWhy Jr. are the new appointees to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    Calhoun was present at the July 18 meeting, while VanWhy was away on a family vacation. 

  • Lebanon woman takes bat to sheriff department’s cruiser

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Department is facing an unexpected expense after a Lebanon woman used a baseball bat to bash in the front and back windshields of one of its cruisers Sunday afternoon while it was parked in the sheriff department’s parking lot. 

    Amanda Lynn Smith, 37, of 421 Warren Acres was arrested by Lebanon Police Sgt. Henry Keene  after she caused $1,000 in damage to a 2014 Dodge Charger police cruiser.

  • Local organ recipients and donor families competing in 2018 Transplant Games of America
  • Chamber Happenings

    Marion County booth at the Kentucky State Fair

    Marion County is returning to the Kentucky State Fair. The Chamber and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission are organizing a Marion County booth in the Pride of Counties at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 16-26. The Marion County booth will be open every day of the fair Sunday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday.


    Ham Days Kick-off Concert

  • ‘Greatest experience ever’

    By Larry Vaught


    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. — As we got ready to leave Doc Antle’s Myrtle Beach Safari, my 9-year-old grandson Cooper could not hide his smile or enthusiasm.

    “Greatest experience ever,” he told any staff member he saw after our 3 1/2 extraordinary hours at this unique attraction that I knew nothing about until this year.

  • Montgomery Gentry still adjusting to life without Troy

    By Larry Vaught


    After Troy Gentry was killed in a helicopter crash in September, it took time for Montgomery Gentry lead singer Eddie Montgomery and other band members to decide what they wanted to do without their friend and co-star.