Local News

  • Three indicted for robbery

    Lydia Roller, 23, of 323 Shuck Avenue in Lebanon, Andrew Eisiminger, 31, of 2992 Frogtown Road in Loretto, and Charles Ulrich, 30, of 1705 Morris Street in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, were indicted for first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in Marion Circuit Court recently.

  • ‘I did what I thought was right’

    Casting his vote for right-to-work legislation was the most difficult vote State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said he’s had to make during his 15 years of serving in state government.
    “I know I disappointed a lot of people with my vote on this bill,” Higdon said during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative coffee on Jan. 11. “That’s the toughest vote I’ve ever taken. I’ve got friends on each side of that issue.”

  • Marching to keep King’s dream alive

    The Marion County NAACP hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King March and program Sunday, Jan. 15. Local citizens marched from the Lebanon Post Office to M.L. King Avenue and then gathered at First Baptist Church to listen to Rev. Bob Johnson, former dean of Boyce College of Louisville.

  • Family seeks answers

    It was Christmas day two years ago when Diane Mattingly was found in her driveway with a gunshot wound just below her shoulder. Her son had found her when he pulled into the driveway on Parkside Drive in Lebanon. When he got out, he did everything he could. He called 911 and they tried to resuscitate her, but she was already dead.
    Her sister, Julie Smith, recalled seeing the blood pooled in the driveway after they took Mattingly’s body. Her sister had been barefoot. There was some evidence of a struggle inside, but that was all she knew.

  • Fate of St. Catharine College buildings is unclear

    The Springfield Sun

    The recent court-ordered sale of the books, desks and all other school-related assets contained within the walls of the Saint Catharine College buildings leaves vacant buildings and land to be sold in an attempt to recover the millions of dollars owed to Huntington Bank, Farmers Bank, and other creditors. The college property was annexed into to the City of Springfield and is zoned R-1 residential (single-family dwellings). Schools are a permissible use under R-1 zoning. Any other use of the property will likely require a zone change.

  • School board taking steps to begin addressing MCPS facilities

    The Marion County Board of Education, including its three newest members, hit the ground running during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 12.
    Now that recallable nickel funds are being generated locally, the board took several necessary steps to start the process of revising the school district’s facilities plan.
    “It’s not a quick process. It takes time,” MCPS Facility Director Scott Spalding said.

  • Tourism briefs

    Commission approves Request For Proposal for multi-purpose facility
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty presented a Request for Proposal (RFP) to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission regarding a new multi-purpose facility on Jan. 9. The RFP would later be proposed to the Lebanon City Council that evening.
    According to Daugherty, the RFP does not obligate the multipurpose facility committee or any entity of government to decide on a plan or commit any money to the project.

  • Losing a leader

    The foundation of a community is built upon the shoulders of those who came before us, and A. A. “Sonny” Pickerill was one of those people who helped make Marion County what it is today.
    A lifelong resident of Lebanon, Pickerill died on Jan. 1 at the age of 88.
    “I think what he loved the most was giving back to the community,” his son, Bill Pickerill, said. “Our family, we’re in the car business. That’s one thing car dealers do is they give back to their community.”

  • The golden scout

    Kate Cobb started Girl Scouts late.
    In fourth grade, many of her peers had already been scouts for several years. Now, a senior in high school, Cobb is the oldest and highest awarded scout in Marion County.
    Cobb recently earned the Girl Scout Gold award, which represents the highest achievement in Girl Scouting. According to girlscouts.org, the award is only open to scouts who are in high school, and challenges the scouts to make a difference in the world.

  • Deputy emergency management directors not new to Marion County or emergency situations

    When it comes to emergencies, Marion County is in good hands.
    In addition to former Lebanon Police Officer Byron Richardson being the Marion County Emergency Management Director, the Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the appointment of Gary Luce and Dudley Friend Adle Jr. as deputy emergency management directors.