Local News

  • Education briefs

    School board approves 2017-18 school calendar
    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved the 2017-18 school calendar during its regular monthly meeting March 9.
    The opening day for staff will be Tuesday, Aug. 8. The first day for students will be Wednesday, Aug. 9.
    The calendar also includes the following:
    - Monday, Sept. 4: School closed for Labor Day
    - Oct. 2-9: Fall break (Oct. 9 will be used for staff development)
    - Nov. 22-24: Thanksgiving break
    - Dec. 18-Jan. 1: Christmas break

  • Taylor County substitute teacher arrested, charged with sex crimes

    A Taylor County High School substitute teacher has been arrested and charged with sending and soliciting explicit photographs to students, as well as having sexual contact with the students.
    Lawrence Harris, 46, of Campbellsville, was arrested at 1:30 p.m. Friday, according to a report by the Taylor County Sheriff’s Office, following an investigation by the TCSO.

  • Blood donors will get free T-shirt

    Area blood donors are invited to give so others may live at the upcoming Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) blood drive, which will be held from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 14, in the gym at Centre Square in Lebanon.
    Everyone who registers to donate will receive a short-sleeve gray T-shirt. Walk-ins are welcome, but appointments can be made by calling 1-800-775-2522, ext. 3758.

  • Autism center to host events in March

    Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. will be having music therapy from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Monday, March 13, and from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, March 25. Music therapy is only for those on the spectrum, so siblings won't be able to attend.

  • Spring forward this Sunday

    Standard Time will soon give way to Daylight Saving Time. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. The change means the loss of an hour of sleep but the days will seem longer since sunset will occur an hour later.
    When you go to bed on Saturday night, March 11, set you clocks ahead one hour so you will have the correct time when you awaken Sunday morning, March 12.

  • Small crowd, big discussion at town hall meeting

    The Marion County Board of Education is expected to vote on a reorganization plan for Marion County Public Schools, along with the district's facilities plan, at its meeting Thursday.

  • Study links increase in county unemployment rate to rise in opioid deaths

    By Tim Mandell
    The Rural Blog

    Opioid overdose death rates grow fastest in counties with rising unemployment rates, says a study by researchers at the University of Indiana and the University of Virginia published in The National Bureau of Economic Research. Some of the nation's poorest counties, many in Appalachia, also have some of the highest drug overdose rates. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study has state-level data on overdose deaths from 2015.

  • Drugs in Marion County: 'The evil of this sickness is real’

    Since he was elected in 2002, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady has seen and experienced some difficult and disturbing things at the detention center. But, nothing compares to what he’s seeing now with the local drug epidemic, which continues to get more frightening with each passing day.
    “This sickness of addiction is scary,” Brady said. “We’ve had inmates smuggle drugs in for years, but it was marijuana. It wasn’t these deadly cocktails of pills, cocaine and Spice. The evil of this sickness is real.”

  • Jail incident reports

    Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County. Some of this content is extremely graphic.

  • Drugs in Marion County - A second chance

    Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County. Only the first names of inmates are being used in this story to protect them and their families. Warning: Some of the content is extremely graphic.

    Inmate No. 1
    Name: Michael
    Age: 29
    Charges: Manufacturing meth
    Sentence: Nine years
    Family info: He’s the father of a 15-month-old daughter who he’s never even held because he’s been incarcerated since she was born.