Local News

  • A man of 'great determination and tenacity'

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer intern

    Joseph “Clyde” Cecil was a modern day renaissance man.
    He was a father, a veteran, a farmer and a survivor.
    Dec. 13, 1919, Cecil was born in Raywick, Kentucky and recently passed away on May 19.
    Cecil went to school until the eighth grade, then left to go work on the family farm, said his son, Mike Cecil.
    He said during Cecil’s youth and during the Great Depression he and his family made moonshine for extra income.

  • Creating a city where people, families want to live

    The sounds of demolition equipment could be heard in the distance as Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw gave his annual budget address inside city hall Wednesday evening, May 25.
    It will be one of the last times Crenshaw gives his budget address inside the current city hall. Demolition on the new Lebanon City Hall property began last week, and the architect’s plans for the new facility are well underway.

  • The Goodwill effect

    With 37 combined years of Goodwill experience, Paul Boone, Jessica Hubbard and Lydia Caldwell share one thing in common — they each live with and provide care for family members who have disabilities.
    In 2013, Paul was referred to Goodwill through Communicare, an organization that provides services to individuals who have developmental and intellectual disabilities, with the goal of helping participants contribute to and become more involved in their communities.
    Paul works part-time at the Lebanon Goodwill as a cashier.

  • At least 55,000 Kentucky workers could benefit from new overtime rules

    By Tom Eblen
    Lexington Herald Leader

    Recent battles over raising the minimum wage have attracted a lot of attention. But on May 18, President Obama’s administration took another significant step designed to give many American workers a long-overdue raise.
    The U.S. Labor Department increased the threshold at which salaried workers can be denied compensation for working more than 40 hours a week, from $23,660 a year to $47,476.

  • Marion County Music Fest is June 11

    Kentucky Classic ARTS Friends of Live Music invites you to bring a picnic blanket or chair and gather in Johnson Field behind Centre Square on Saturday, June 11, to hear some Marion County bands from the past and the present. Last year, more than 750 attended the four-hour event and gave rave reviews. This year, the event will last five hours, and will be bigger and better.

  • Project Lead the Way has ‘breakout year’ at MCHS

    Project Lead the Way instructors Greg Conley and Ginger Allen looked like proud parents during Marion County High School’s graduation ceremonies on Saturday, May 21.
    Fourteen of their Project Lead the Way (PLTW) students graduated, and many of them will be pursuing degrees in engineering and science.
    “I think every one of those students are going to be successful no matter what they end up dong,” Conley said. “They are great kids, great problem solvers. They have been a fun bunch.”

  • Both sides of nickel debate come face to face

    What began as a special school board meeting on May 25 to discuss the Marion County Public School System’s tentative 2016-17 budget ended with some brief, but tense dialogue about the recallable nickel.

  • Memorial Day: ‘A day to remember the cost of our freedom’

    Heather French Henry is widely known as the former Miss America 2000 and a nationally recognized veterans advocate.
    But, she’s most proud of being the daughter of a disabled Vietnam Veteran.

  • Red Cross blood drive June 2 in Loretto

    The American Red Cross urges blood and platelet donors to choose their day to give and help ensure blood is available for patients all summer long during its annual summer awareness campaign.
    There will be a bolo drive from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday, June 2, at Loretto City Hall.

  • Eli Bright is a ‘research breakthrough’

    Two-year-old Eli Bright can sit up by himself.
    That might not seem like a huge milestone, but for Eli, it’s a major accomplishment. It’s something that, technically, he shouldn’t physically be capable of doing.
    His mother, Natalie Wheatley, said the night he sat up by himself for the first time, she almost ran out into the front yard to scream in utter excitement.