Local News

  • Fiscal court briefs

    • Community Action Executive Director Lynn Robey reviewed the council’s annual report with the court. According to Robey, all programs are doing well except for the congregate meal program, which has lost funding. The congregate meal program provides 5,793 meals, annually. Robey also reported that the reforms to the retirement system will cost Community Action an additional $480,000, annually. Robey informed the court that she will be retiring in June. Magistrates voted to give Community Action the court’s annual allocation of $15,000. 

  • Black history event to be held Feb. 10

    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council would like for the community to join them Saturday, Feb. 10, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lebanon United Presbyterian Church. They are planning a cultural program, emphasizing historic accounts of African-Americans and presenting today’s diversity.
    Helen McKay will bring her choir from the First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, and Leah Hazelwood will reprise her act from “Hamilton.”

  • Siblings battle rare disease

    Two courageous children of Lebanon are battling a rare, lifelong disease that has left them in the hospital for months on end, yet when you meet them, you can’t help but fall in love with them and their energy.

  • Outstanding educator

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Awards winners.

    In her 28th year of teaching, most people would expect Laurie Followell to retire soon. 

    But, she’s not ready.

    Followell, 50, said she still really enjoys going to work every day.

  • Marion County teens learn dangers of social media

    Did you know that messages exchanged on the popular app “Snapchat” aren’t permanently deleted?

    That fact alone captured the attention of students at Marion County Knight Academy last week during a special assembly about social media.

    Speaker Scott Harvey, who travels the country speaking with young adults about personal responsibility, shared examples of social media exchanges gone wrong, including video examples of cyber bullying, social media misuse and more. 

  • 2018 Primary Election snapshot

    The following candidates have filed to run for office in the May Primary.


    U.S. Representative District 1

      James R. Comer (R) Incumbent

      Paul Walker (D)

      Alonzo Pennington (D)


    State Sen. 14th Senatorial District

      Jimmy Higdon (R) (Incumbent)

  • Blood shortage reaches critical level

    Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. 

  • Sold: SCC purchase approved

    Less than two years after it closed, St. Catharine College may have a new owner, and plans are in place for it to be turned into another higher learning facility.

    According to a document filed in federal court, no additional qualifying bids were received prior to Jan. 26, making the Runchero Corporation of Shelbyville the highest bidder.

    A sale hearing was held Monday morning, and it was ordered that parties should submit a revised sale order on or before Feb. 6 after press time.

  • Kentucky Classic Arts upcoming events

    Frozen Tea Party

    “Frozen” fever returns to Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square on Saturday, Feb. 17. Celebrate the last few weeks of winter at the annual Frozen Tea Party. Experience high tea, games and activities, sing-a-long fun and photos with the royal sisters Anna and Elsa of Arendelle, and their friends Kristoff and Olaf. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at 237 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. For ticket information, visit www.kyclassicarts.com.  

  • Community mourns loss of legendary coach, teacher

    In his 41 years of coaching and 34 years of teaching, David Ferriell touched the lives of countless basketball players, students, colleagues and friends in Marion County and beyond.
    “Where does one start with how kind and inspirational this man was,” wrote Melissa Gribbins-Cox on Facebook Saturday evening.