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Today's News

  • Industrial Foundation discusses possible summit

    The Marion County Industrial Foundation will consider hosting a summit in 2015 to discuss issues affecting local industries.
    The summit could include discussions on wage comparisons between Lebanon industries and neighboring communities, local educational opportunities and the impact of government programs on the workforce, based on the conversation at the foundation's Dec. 18 meeting.

  • Former Knight preps for indoor football

    When FaQuawn Calhoun was still a kid, Tony Morgeson asked if he’d like to play football for Morgeson’s youth league team in Lebanon.

    “I fell in love with it [football] ever since,” Calhoun said.

    He continued to play at Marion County High School and at the University of the Cumberlands. Soon, he’ll have a chance to play professionally for the Bemidji Axemen of the Indoor Football League.

  • Devastating beetle knocks on Kentucky's door

    By James Bruggers
    Courier-Journal

    The buzz of chainsaws and the roar of wood-chipping machines rip through the crisp air in a rural neighborhood of ranch-style homes here, where stately maples, sycamores, ashes and elms have long painted a fall palate of red and yellow against a blue sky.
    But those colors are vanishing, as a once-robust tree canopy falls prey to the Asian longhorn beetle — an insect invader that threatens not only Ohio, but puts Kentucky and Indiana at high risk as well.

  • Sensations during a squirrel hunt

    Have you ever had the feeling that things, especially bugs, were crawling on you. Especially at night!

    Imagine you’re in bed, feet tucked under the blankets, where it’s dark, the kind of place where spiders like to hang out. All of a sudden you feel “something.”

    And it feels like it’s moving.

    But is it, or isn’t it?

  • Ky's population tops 4.4M for first time

    Kentucky Press News Service

    By adding an average of 38 new residents each day between July 1, 2013 and July 1, 2014, Kentucky's population topped 4.4 million for the first time, according to new U.S. Census Bureau state population estimates.
    Kentucky's precise Census tally for 2014 is 4,413,457 making it the 26th most populated state, WKYT in Lexington reports.
    California remained the nation's most populous state in 2014, with 38.8 million residents followed by Texas at 27 million.

  • Deer photo, Dec. 31

    Hallie Downs, 8, killed her first deer on Dec. 28 while hunting with her dad, Justin Gardner.

  • Swearing in…

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly performed what might be his last swearing-in ceremony at the Lebanon City Council meeting Dec. 8. Pictured along with Mattingly, from left, are council members Darin Spalding, Jerry Abell, Jim Richardson, Kate Palagi, Jay Grundy and John Mattingly. Lebanon Mayor Crenshaw was also sworn in during the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • For the underdogs

    By Casey Sowers

    Sports correspondent

    Have you ever heard of the movie “Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story?” It’s about a bunch of “nobodies” that get together to win a dodgeball tournament. We’ve all heard of underdogs, and you probably know that they’re usually not the best. But what about when they win, especially when they beat a top ranked team?

  • Sober to start: MADD wants Kentucky to get tougher on drunk drivers

    Marion County’s Mothers Against Drunk Driving chapter and MADD chapters all over the state of Kentucky are working to advance legislation requiring ignition interlocks for all convicted drunk drivers.
    Legislation has been introduced in the past, but it’s been unsuccessful. However, Mimi Crum, chairperson of the local MADD Community Action Site and volunteer victim advocate, remains hopeful.
    “I understand that Kentucky has a lot of budgetary issues, but we have to save lives, too,” Crum said.

  • Helping people

    Twelve years ago when Roger “Cotton” Smothers announced he was going to run for magistrate, he was told he didn’t have a chance. In fact, one person went as far as to say he would be an embarrassment to his community.
    “I come from a very poor background,” Smothers said. “I didn't have much as a child growing up.”
    Smothers said he and his family got their water from a spring, and had no bathroom in their house.