Local News

  • Kaminski retires after 21 years in law enforcement


    There were hugs all around as Detective Mike Kaminski of the Nelson County Sheriff’s Office signed off on his radio for the last time on Dec. 27 while surrounded by his family and fellow deputies.

    “Forty-one, Dispatch,” Kaminski said as he radioed in for his “final time off duty.”

  • Kentucky Classic Arts announces upcoming auditions
  • Reed files for re-election, Mills announces he plans to file soon

    Former State Rep. Terry Mills announced on the morning of Dec. 27 on his Facebook page that he plans to file to run for state representative. Later that same day, current State Rep. Brandon Reed officially filed for re-election with the Kentucky Secretary of State.
    Mills served the 24th district for six and a half years before being defeated by Reed in the November 2016 General Election. The 24th district includes Marion, LaRue and Green counties.

  • Lebanon man indicted for wanton endangerment, drugs

    Tevaughn J. Porter, 26, of 313 Shelby Street Apt 4 in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court on Dec. 21 for intimidating a witness in the legal process, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, tampering with physical evidence, first-degree wanton endangerment, third-degree possession of a controlled substance, possession of marijuana and second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Going for it

    Leah Hazelwood made history last year as the first African American participant to be named Marion County Distinguished Young Woman.
    The experience has been humbling, to say the least, and she’s surprised by the amount of support she continues to receive from the community.
    “I didn’t expect this much support,” Hazelwood said. “The whole experience has just given me so much confidence in myself as a person.”

  • Library project progress

    The Marion County Public Library received a state grant of $2.9 million to renovate and expand the existing location at 201 East Main Street in Lebanon. During the project, the library has been moved to a temporary location at 711 East Main Street, behind Kroger and to the left of the Dollar General Store. The estimated time of completion for the project is 12-18 months.

  • MCPS inclement weather plan - What to know

    Given the recent changes in weather, now is an excellent time to review Marion County Public School’s Inclement Weather Protocol, as well as Plan B Bus Routes and information related to Non-Traditional Instruction Days.  
    Complete information concerning inclement weather procedures, Plan B bus routes, and Non-Traditional Instruction Days can be found on the district’s website:  www.marion.kyschools.us.
    Below are some important highlights to help you be prepared for potential school closings.

    School cancellation

  • Year In Review: Top stories of 2017

    Wow, what a year.
    While every year has its fair share of good and bad news, the year of 2017 reminded us of what it’s like to rip off a Band-Aid. It hurt like hell, but at least it was over with quickly.
    In all seriousness, the “good” outnumbers the “bad” in our picks for the top stories of 2017. We hope the same rings true for 2018.
    Happy New Year, y’all.
    The top stories of 2017, published in chronological order, are…

    MCPS extreme makeover

  • Christmas crafts

    Children enjoy Christmas Art Camp last week at Centre Square in Lebanon courtesy of Kentucky Classic Arts. The camp was led by Rita Matney of Grapevine Cottage in Greensburg. Students learned the art of paper mache, wreath making and other crafts.

  • More Maker’s warehouses on the horizon, but where?

    The bourbon business is booming, and Maker’s Mark Distillery has plans to build 10 additional barrel warehouses in Marion County.
    Where those warehouses will be built, however, is currently unknown.
    Maker’s Mark CEO Rob Samuels spoke at a joint meeting between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council Thursday about the distillery’s future plans and, more specifically, about the county’s role in that growth.