Marion County

Regional
4:12 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Hendrickson To Expand Lebanon Plant, Add 60 Workers

Credit Hendrickson

A Marion County facility that produces suspension systems and components for heavy-duty vehicles is preparing for an expansion. 

Gov. Steve Beshear’s office announced Tuesday Hendrickson would be adding 60 new jobs as part of a $12 million expansion. 

The facility in Lebanon currently employs more than 120 people and opened in 1998. Hendrickson also has locations in Elizabethtown and Somerset.

Regional
11:33 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Marion County Priest Placed On Leave As Archidiocese Investigates Abuse Allegations

The Archdiocese of Louisville says it has opened an investigation into sexual abuse allegations against a Marion County priest. The Courier-Journal reports a May 8th letter written by Archbishop Joseph Kurtz says the church is looking into complaints against the Rev. Joseph Hemmerle.  Hemmerle, who is the pastor of two Marion County parishes, has been placed on leave. 

Kurtz says the archdiocese has reported the allegations to the commonwealth’s attorney in Meade County where the alleged abuse took place in the 1970s.

Regional
9:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Suspicious Fire at Marion County Distillery Under Investigation

Limestone Branch Distillery
Credit Limestone Branch

An early-morning fire Friday at the Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon is under investigation by Kentucky State Police, the ATF and the state fire marshal’s office. 

Trooper Billy Gregory says police got a call about a break-in at the distillery on Veterans Memorial Highway about 6 a.m. EST. When officers arrived, they quickly called the fire department.

“They were able to save the building without a huge loss and there were no injuries,” said Gregory.  “At this time, the investigation has led us to believe that someone forced their way into the building and set the fire.”

Gregory says the distillery was open for business on Friday.  The KSP is asking for anonymous tips in the case.

Environment
8:33 am
Thu September 5, 2013

Bluegrass Pipeline Won't Cross Through Sisters of Loretto Land

A spokesman for a company planning to build a pipeline through Kentucky says the proposed route for the project would avoid land owned by a group of Marion County nuns known as the Sisters of Loretto.

The Sisters had refused to allow the project's surveyors to enter their 780-acre property.

The proposed Bluegrass Pipeline would connect natural gas producers in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia with export centers on the Gulf Coast.

One proposed path of the pipeline would extend through northern Kentucky southward into Nelson, Larue, Hardin, Meade and Breckenridge counties.

A spokesman for Williams Company said Wednesday that the proposed route would "stay well to the north of Marion County." Pipeline opponents, including the Sisters of Loretto, have demonstrated against the project, saying it poses environmental risks.

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