Local News

  • Wear purple for Kara

    Sunday will mark six years since anyone has seen Kara Tingle.
    The Lebanon woman was last seen July 17, 2010, on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch. Kara was 27 years old at the time, and she had been driving a family member's car that was found two days later on the Bluegrass Parkway.
    Kara's family is hoping that people will wear purple — Kara’s favorite color — on Sunday to mark the anniversary and to show their support.
    Kara has two children, a son Austin Tingle, now 13, and a daughter, Nora Rigdon, 7.

  • Crossroads Project shows slow progress

    Traveling the Lebanon bypass, one will find Limestone Distillery, Hampton Inn and a 105,000 square foot empty spec building. Surrounding those structures are fields of grass and some trees. The land is meant for the Crossroads Project, an initiative to bring in retail and development. 
    Despite years of efforts, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund has had little success in bringing development to the Crossroads area along the bypass.

  • Interim principal wants to keep moving MCHS forward

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    Tom Brown retired 27 years ago but just can't seem to stay away from working in the education system.
    "I was too young to just quit," he said.
    It seems to run in his blood. He is the third generation to work in education, preceded by his father, mother, aunts and grandmother.
    A few weeks ago, Brown was appointed interim principal of Marion County High School for the 2016-17 academic year.

  • Springfield man charged with couple’s murder

    A Springfield man has been arrested and charged with murder.
    Craig A. Pennington, 52, of 1217 Texas Road in Springfield, was arrested by Kentucky State Police Friday morning around 7 a.m. and charged with one count of murder in connection with the disappearance of a Florence, Kentucky, couple who has been missing since Sunday, July 3.

  • Needle exchange program could become a reality in Marion County

    There’s no denying that the state of Kentucky has a drug problem.
    Kentucky also leads the nation in acute Hepatitis C rates.
    And, out of 220 counties identified by the Centers for Disease Control, 50 counties in Kentucky are at risk for an HIV outbreak.
    Marion County is not at risk, yet, but we are surrounded by counties that are.

  • Tourism board to hire ‘executive coach’

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission went into executive session for more than two hours during their special-called meeting on Thursday July 7. This was a follow-up from the previous meeting where the commission was also in closed session, citing KRS 61.810(1)(f) as the reason.


    Craig Pennington, 52, of Springfield, has been arrested and charged with two counts of murder in connection with the disappearance Robert K. Jones, 38, and Crystal J. Warner, 35, of northern Kentucky.

  • Filly euthanized after harness racing accident

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    The Marion County Fair harness races on Wednesday, June 29, ended in tragedy after an accident involving three drivers and their horses.
    Miss Jane Jones, a 2-year-old filly, driven by Randy Crisler and trained by Timmy Jones, took a bad step in the first turn of the race and collided with another sulkie, launching the driver out. Then another sulkie hit them from behind.

  • Local singer pursuing music career

    When Anne Marie Riney, 29, graduated from Marion County High School as the valedictorian of her class in 2005, she said she planned to make a career out of her voice.
    This month, she will release her first single, “BYE,” and she’s currently finishing her first album while living in The Music City - Nashville, Tennessee.
    “Good things take time,” Riney said. “It takes like 10 years to really break through the industry.”

  • Bear travels through Marion County

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    There have been several social media postings about a black bear being sighted throughout the Calvary area.
    Ashley Caldwell Morgan said she saw the bear in front of Calvary Church early last week around 8 p.m. She said she almost hit it as it crossed the road and went down the driveway toward her neighbor's house. She turned around, going back to her house to warn her children to go inside.