Local News

  • Structural issues at Hourigan building are a safety concern

    The David R. Hourigan Government Building is more than 10 years old, and it’s starting to show its age. According to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty, there were problems with the building in 2006 before it was even occupied, and those problems have worsened over time. But problems, such as window leaks, pale in comparison to the most alarming and potentially dangerous problem – the columns in the front and back of the building are cracking and are unstable.

  • Forkland Heritage Festival is Oct. 13-14
  • Marion County Country Ham Days 2017: And the winners are...

    Farmer’s National Bank Pokey Pig 5K
    Dylan Ford, 23, of Campbellsville, was the overall male winner with a time of 16:25.4
    Hope Miller, 16, of Shepherdsville, was the overall female winner with a time of 21:22.1

    All other results are available at http://headfirstperformance.com/portals/5/results/16pokeypigagegroupresu...

    Window Decorating Contest
    State Farm Insurance: Erica Barnes, sponsored by City of Lebanon, $50

    Ham Days Poster Contest

  • ‘A pension is a promise’

    The third floor of the David Hourigan Government Building was standing room only Wednesday of last week when State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Brandon Reed spoke at a public forum about the state’s pension crisis and how it could impact local government. The room was full of retired and current county, city and school employees who were wearing stickers that said, “A pension is a promise. Keep the promise.”

  • Water rate fight reaches new depths

    The sticker shock of a 23 percent water rate hike in the City of Lebanon has stirred debate among city and county leaders about whether the increase is necessary and whether it unfairly punishes county customers. As a result, the Marion County Water District filed a letter of protest with the Public Service Commission last week.

  • BackPack program looking for community support

    For the past 10 years, the Marion County Community Education program has participated in Feeding America’s BackPack Program, which is designed to provide needy children who are at-risk of facing hunger with food for the weekend when school meals are not available.
    However, in recent years, the program has faced a new obstacle: funding. In the past, a large portion of the program’s funding came from a grant that is no longer available.

  • Leading the way

    In the first weeks of Eli Bright’s life, doctors told his parents he would likely die before his first birthday.
    He was diagnosed with spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) type 1, which is the most severe of the four types of SMA. The condition can create problems with breathing and eating, much less crawling or walking. It’s the No. 1 genetic killer of children.
    Eli’s parents were completely devastated.

  • Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

    Master Sgt. Travis Greenwell (right), son of Margie and Jody Greenwell of Loretto, arrives at George Bush Intercontinental Airport in Houston, Texas, Aug. 30, to support Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Also pictured is Chief Master Sgt. Derek Whitmore (left). The Airmen will support aeromedical evacuation by removing patients from ambulances, processing them for air movement, and transporting them to a military aircraft to evacuate the area.

  • Celebrate Ham Days responsibly

    Local law enforcement officials encourage everyone to enjoy the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival this weekend, but do so responsibly or you could end up in jail.
    “People who are visibly under the influence or involved in any sort of altercation – they are going to go to jail,” Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said. “That’s just the bottom line. We’re not going to tolerate it.”

  • Marion County becomes hurricane haven for Florida evacuees

    Just days after Hurricane Harvey slammed Texas, reportedly killing 70 people and causing billions of dollars in damage, nearly 7 million Florida residents evacuated the Sunshine State, escaping the wrath of Hurricane Irma.
    Five of those evacuees, along with four cats, sought refuge in the Heart of Kentucky. A group from Melbourne Beach, Florida, traveled to Marion County on Sept. 9, and stayed at Butch and Kathy Cecil’s guest home in Raywick.