Local News

  • Celebrating music and a musician

    Don Ray Johnson Jr. of Raywick was a lover of music, and that’s one way his family and friends will pay tribute to him during an upcoming Kentucky Classic Orchestra concert in Lebanon.
    Johnson, an award winning trumpet player and the artistic director of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, died suddenly on Oct. 14, 2016, at the age of 61.
    Johnson, who grew up in Lexington, moved to Raywick about 26 years ago, and had become well known for his musical success and trumpet collection.

  • ‘Payne train’ fosters hope for children in need

    By John A. Nelson
    Landmark News Service

    Lucy Payne considers hers the typical American family.
    “We have a little money in savings, the rest pays the bills,” she says.
    It’s safe to say that’s where typical ends.
    What has come to be known as “the Payne train” consists of mother Lucy, father Neil, six children, three dogs and a pig. They all live in a 1,300-sq.-ft. house with three bedrooms and one bath on a fenced in lot of about one-tenth acre.

  • Foster parents in high demand in Kentucky, region

    By John A. Nelson
    Landmark News Service

    It’s called out of home care, and it’s an industry.
    According to statistics obtained through the local office of the Kentucky Department of Child Based Services, as of April 2, 8,188 children were in DCBS foster homes, private agency foster homes, residential facilities, placed with relatives, housed in detention centers, in an independent living setting or in psychiatric hospitals.

  • Perfect strangers, perfect match

    Anyone that knows Lori Caldwell would likely agree that she’s been through hell and back.
    Nearly 20 years ago, she had a heart transplant.
    She had been diagnosed with post-partum cardiomyopathy after having her daughter, Cameron, on July 2, 1996. The left side of her heart no longer functioned, and doctors didn’t know what caused it. But, thanks to the selfless gift of organ donation, Caldwell, 45, was given a second chance at life.

  • Marion County ROCKS

    There is a treasure hunt going on throughout Lebanon and Marion County, and while no one is getting rich, it’s bringing lots of smiles and fun to people of all ages.
    In March, Kaitlyn Yates, 18, of Lebanon started a Facebook group named “Marion County ROCKS” and began painting and hiding rocks throughout the community to spread happiness and kindness.
    Yates’ mother, Jennifer Mattingly, said her entire family has gotten in on the fun.

  • Pieces of the puzzle

    Mother Nature didn’t cooperate Saturday, but the rain didn’t dampen the spirits of those who attended the 7th annual Working the Puzzle for Autism Walk, which was held at Marion County High School due to the poor weather conditions. Thirty-nine individuals who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder and their families were recognized during the event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Working the Puzzle for Autism Inc. organization.

  • Music therapy at autism center Saturday

    Working the Puzzle for Autism Inc. will be having music therapy at the Autism Center located at 748 West Main Street from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., Saturday, April 29. This event will only be for individuals on the autism spectrum as it is therapy and siblings will not be allowed to participate. Please contact Lisa Nally-Martin at nallymartin@windstream.net with any questions.

  • Middle school art show is April 27-28

    The annual middle school art show will be held from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., April 27-28 on the first floor of the Marion County Heritage Center. The show is hosted by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council. The show is free and the public is invited to attend.


  • Education briefs

    Last day of school changed
    The Marion County Board of Education voted to change the last day of school during its regular monthly meeting April 17. The last of school was moved up a day earlier, and it will now be Wednesday, May 17.

    Marion County High School graduation
    The graduation ceremony for Marion County High School's Class of 2017 will be held at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 20, in the Roby Dome.

    Superintendent’s report

  • Stolen signs costing county thousands

    Signs, signs, everywhere there’s signs… being stolen, that is.
    The Marion County Road Department has been spending much more of its time and money replacing stolen road signs and stop signs this year. During a two-day span recently - April 16-17 - 27 signs were stolen on Danville Highway. Eleven of them have since been recovered.
    Since Jan. 11, the road department has ordered $3,000 worth of supplies to replace stolen signs.