Today's News

  • Letters to the editor, Feb. 18

    Going beyond full measure

    On behalf of the Marion County Board of Education, I am writing to express appreciation for Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly's commitment and diligent work in clearing the county roads for safe school bus travel. We were very pleased to return to school Monday, Feb. 9, after 10 consecutive days of school cancellation. This was made possible because you placed in high priority the resumption of education of our children as soon as possible.

  • Lebanon Lancers open 2009 season at the Roby Dome April 11

    Season tickets are now on sale for Lebanon Lancers games. The Lancers, central Kentucky's semi-pro basketball team, open the 2009 season at home against the Cincinnati Stallions, the Kentucky Basketball Developmental League's newest team, April 11.

    Last season, the Lancers won the KBDL regular-season and playoff titles and the Bluegrass Conference. Lancers point guard Anthony Epps was named league MVP, Lancers Head Coach Mark Bell was Coach of the Year and Lancers Marketing Director Chris Hamilton was Executive of the Year.

  • Mr. Perry goes to Frankfort

    Ron Perry, 60, of Lebanon was kicked out of a basketball game at Marion County High School Jan. 23, 2007.

    That incident has triggered a chain of events that has continued for two years, and may end up with Perry testifying before the Kentucky House Health and Welfare Committee later this week.

    On that night more than two years ago, Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Jimmy Clements arrested Perry for second-degree disorderly conduct and third-degree criminal trespass.

  • Tree topping should be a crime

    There were few things that made my dad cringe more than the practice of topping trees.  He would scratch his brow and shake his head at the thought of a homeowner paying to have their trees butchered.

    It was slightly less offensive if utility companies butchered trees because it could be rationalized: downed limbs create a hazard and cause power outages, which can cause more then just unhappy customers, as we have seen over the curse of the last six months.

  • Lady Knights ride momentum into tourney

    The Marion County Lady Knights (23-6) ended a solid regular season by knocking off what Head Coach Trent Milby earlier described as a dangerous up-and-coming LaRue County team.

    The Lady Knights kept LaRue's weapons, Lyndsay and Valerie Whitlock, in check by blanking Valerie. Lyndsay led the Lady Hawks with 14 points.

    Marion County jumped out to a 16-4 lead with 2:00 left in the first quarter. They finished the quarter with a 16-6 lead.

    The second quarter was more of the same, with the Lady Knights outscoring LaRue County 19-6 to go up 35-12 at the half.

  • Investigation continues in officer’s death

    A homicide investigation is ongoing regarding the death of Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford.

    As of Monday morning, there was no new information to report on the case, but police are following up on every lead available to them, said Billy Gregory, public affairs officer for the Columbia Kentucky State Police Post.

  • 'Gigantic' storm required 'gigantic' response

    The 2009 ice storm has been called the biggest natural disaster in the state by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    Statewide residents are well aware of how powerful the storm was. It left many of them without electricity for days and even weeks in some cases.

    Sheree Gilliam, the vice-president of customer services for Inter County Energy, said she agreed with the governor's statement.

    "I've been through ice storms before, but nothing of this magnitude," she said.

    Cliff Feltham, a spokesperson for Kentucky Utilities, agreed.

  • Q&A on county debris removal plan

    The Marion County Fiscal Court met at 8 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 21, to decide on a plan for debris removal following the recent ice storm. All county residents are reminded that staging areas are available if they want to remove the debris from their property themselves.

  • Marion County superintendent wins PETA award for benching 'donkey basketball'

    For his decision to cancel a scheduled "donkey basketball" game out of concern for the welfare of the animals and the safety of human participants, Marion County Superintendent Roger Marcum will receive PETA's Compassionate Educator Award.

    Marcum canceled the game - which was scheduled for Feb. 21 - following public outcry over cruelty to the donkeys as well as the risk of injury to human participants who play basketball while mounted on the animals' backs.

  • Good work, citizens

    In the aftermath of the 2009 ice storm, many citizens have taken it upon themselves to clean up their yards and haul the debris to staging areas, where it will be processed and hauled away.

    Beyond that, many citizens have even helped family, friends and neighbors to clean up their yards.

    In every community and every corner of the county, citizens can be proud of the work they have done.