Today's News

  • Born to farm

     “I just knew when I was kid that farming was what I wanted to do,” says Jason Wade, shrugging. “I loved being outside and being around equipment and helping my neighbor. The cattle, the tobacco, the hay. When we were kids we didn’t have cellphones or internet. I didn’t care much about sports at all. I would have rather been with my neighbors harvesting crops and being around the cattle and equipment. I love trying to grow crops and make them the best they are.”

  • School district’s facilities plan headed to KDE for review

    The Marion County Board of Education’s Local Planning Committee (LPC) approved a draft facilities plan Monday evening, Feb. 11, that will now go to the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) for its review. The plan includes building a new elementary school, which would serve both Calvary Elementary and Lebanon Elementary students, at a cost of approximately $13.6 million.
    The plan also includes renovations and additions at both Glasscock Elementary and West Marion Elementary.

  • Celebrate art, love and compassion with Tibetan monks

    The popular Tibetan Buddhist monks, who visited the Heart of Kentucky in 2013 and 2015, are returning to downtown Lebanon Feb. 19-23 to create a world peace sand painting at United Presbyterian Church in Lebanon.

    The monks – refugees living at Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in India – will be working on the intricate sand painting for more than four days in the church sanctuary. The public is invited to attend each day. The opening ceremony will be 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 19.

  • New distillery buys Lebanon property for more than $2 million

     Spirits-maker Diageo has officially bought property from the Marion County Industrial Foundation for more than $2 million.

    The deed, which was filed in the Marion County Clerk’s Office on Feb. 6, shows that the Marion County Industrial Foundation, Inc. sold a tract of land to Diageo Americas Supply, Inc., for $2,011,350.

    Diageo’s new distillery will locate at 208 Industrial Parkway and Adam Hughes Memorial Highway, situated behind Walmart.

  • Spring View, former urologist deny female patient’s allegations

     Spring View Physician Practices, LLC, and one of its former urologists, Samuel Kriegler, deny allegations by a Willisburg woman who is suing them, claiming she suffered unwanted physical contact and extreme emotional distress when she was a patient.

    The lawsuit, which was filed on Dec. 21, 2018, claims that on two separate occasions, Kriegler inappropriately touched a female patient.

  • This week's news briefs

    Today is the deadline for nominations for vacant school board seat

    The Kentucky Commissioner of Education is seeking applications for appointment to the Marion County Board of Education. You can nominate yourself or someone you know who is qualified to serve on the Marion County Board of Education representing District 3. The District 3 seat is vacant after Amy Bland, who defeated Butch Cecil in the November 2018 General Election, decided not to accept the appointment.

  • Rupa violates city ordinance again

    Editor’s note: This story contains adult content. 

    Lebanon resident Deanna Rupa, known for her desire to express herself through painting, was cited for defacing her rental home, again, by the City of Lebanon Property Code Enforcement Board in a special called meeting last week.

  • Sisterly bond

     Do you have a best friend you can tell everything to?

    A friend you never get tired of spending time with?

    Or, a friend who makes you laugh so hard your belly aches?

    Margie Morgeson and Sue Ella Mattingly have had that type of friendship for 58 years.

    “Everyone thinks we’re sisters,” said Margie. “We’ve done everything together.” 

    But the ‘sisters’ didn’t actually become inseparable until they were in their 20s.

  • Lebanon man indicted for fleeing from police, possession of heroin

     Gary A Paris, 55, of 58 Silverado Lane in Lebanon was indicted for a string of charges in Marion Circuit Court recently, including wanton endangerment of a police officer and possession of heroin.


     Jail committee meeting

    The members of the Marion County Fiscal Court’s Jail Committee met on Feb. 7, prior to the regular fiscal court meeting. The committee members are Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty, Magistrate Jackie Fogle, Magistrate Larry Caldwell and Jailer Barry Brady.