Local News

  • Lawsuit against Forkland center dismissed

    A civil case filed against the Forkland Community Center and John and Carolyn Ellis has been dismissed by Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram.
    Joy Dearinger of Boyle County filed a complaint Aug. 14, 2014, in Marion Circuit Court. In her complaint, she stated that she fell during the Forkland Heritage Festival while descending stairs Oct. 12, 2013, near Curtis Falls resulting in head and bodily injuries. According to the initial complaint, Dearinger was seeking compensation for damages and for her costs.

  • Home-builders

    The My New Kentucky Home chapter of Habitat for Humanity held its Build Blitz July 18-19 for this year’s home construction. Daphne Staples and her children, Jaquavion and Patience, will be moving into the house at the corner of Lincoln and Edmonds Avenues when it is complete. Volunteers provided labor and food over the weekend to kick off the construction. Volunteers are still need to finish the remaining work to get the house ready for the Staples family to move in.

  • Survey says…

    Every two years, the Kentucky Department of Education conducts a survey of the state’s public school teachers. The purpose of this survey is to track teachers’ opinions of the teaching and learning conditions at their respective schools.
    Statewide, 89.3 percent of teachers responded to the 2015 Teaching, Empowering, Leading and Learning Survey. In Marion County, 96 percent of teachers responded to the survey.
    The survey is focused on each school rather than the district as a whole.

  • Fracking hot topic during public forum

    By Laura Buchanan
    The Messenger, Madisonville

    Representatives from the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and its agencies heard passionate statements from several area residents and fuel producers July 7 in the first of three public comment meetings regarding oil and gas development in the state.

  • Flash flood watch in effect until 8 a.m. Tuesday

    More rain is heading our way, according to the National Weather Service.

    A flash flood watch has been issued for Central Kentucky, including Marion County, until 8 a.m. Tuesday, July 21. Multiple rounds of storms are expected to bring one to three inches of rain to the area, which may result in flooding in areas saturated from previous rainfall, according to the weather service.

    River flooding is also possible in areas where water levels are already high, the weather service is reporting.

  • Wild Fire Band in concert July 24

    Music returns to Centre Square at 7 p.m. Friday, July 24. The Wild Fire Band will be performing a free concert that evening at Johnston Field.
    Kentucky Classic Arts Friends of Live Music encourage spectators to bring lawn chairs or blankets and a picnic to enjoy the show.

  • Habitat build starts Saturday

    The My New Kentucky Home Chapter of Habitat for Humanity will be holding its “Build Blitz” starting at 7:30 a.m. July 18-19.
    Volunteers are needed to help with building the house at the corner of Lincoln Avenue and Edmonds Avenue in Lebanon. Volunteers will need to follow Habitat for Humanity guidelines and sign some paperwork, but a volunteer service station will be available on site.
    Individuals can also help by making donations of food, money, supplies, talents and time. Any help will be appreciated.

  • Fun and fellowship

    Brittany Hays leaned in to play with her son Noah’s 8-month-old toes. Nearby, kids and adults were trying to dunk Tim Abell in a dunking booth, and people were scampering up and down an inflatable slide.
    It was all part of the Family Fellowship Prayer Center’s annual Fellowship in the Park, which was held Saturday at Graham Memorial Park. Hays said she has enjoyed participating each year.
    “It like being around and socializing with everybody,” she said.

  • ‘Changing hearts’

    Scores of people gathered Saturday afternoon as a show of unity and their opposition to racism. The event was inspired by the recent shooting of nine people at a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, by a 21-year-old who had expressed white supremacist views, according to news reports on the incident.
    Deacon Jerry Evans of First Baptist Church of Lebanon said he hoped the July 11 gathering at Centre Square would be the first step they take together.
    “Share as much love for one another as we can,” Evans said.

  • Lebanon man indicted for assault

    Robert Cornett, 34, of 222 Shuck Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about April 5, Cornett caused serious physical injury to another by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument or under circumstances manifested extreme indifference to the value of human life, he wantonly engaged in conduct that created a grave risk of death to another person thereby causing a serious physical injury.