Local News

  • Marion County Fair is underway

    Marion County Fair week began on Monday, June 27, and runs through Saturday, July 2. There will be some new events this year that the Marion County Fair Board is really excited about.
    This year’s fair will  feature two nights of harness racing, which will be at 6 p.m. both Tuesday and Wednesday.
    Tuesday is also Marion County Farm Bureau night at the fair. Farm Bureau members may visit the Farm Bureau table for a ticket to get a free Marion County Cattleman’s cheeseburger (limit two per member household).

  • Family Video rewards academic excellence

    Throughout June, students from kindergarten to college can get a free movie or game rental at Family Video for each A grade or equivalent mark they achieve in core subjects on their year-end report card. This tradition started 30 years ago and is anticipated by local students every year. The program has grown but its purpose remains the same: to celebrate students who put in the time and effort to achieve A's in the classroom.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court to meet Thursday, June 16

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m. today, Thursday, June 16, in room 201 in the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following items of business:

  • Eight MCHS students fail drug tests during school year

    Eight out of 348 students at Marion County High School failed drug tests during the 2015-16 school year, according to results released at the June 9 Marion County Board of Education meeting.
    The 2015-16 school year was the district's fifth year of randomly drug testing students at the high school. The drug testing policy requires high school students who participate in extra-curricular activities and/or drive to school to be included in the pool of students eligible for testing, as well as students who enroll voluntarily or are enrolled by their parents or guardians.

  • Donate blood and become a hero for patients in need

    American Red Cross heroes come in all shapes and sizes. They don’t wear capes or special suits, and their badge of honor is the bandage that shows they gave the “gift of life.” The Red Cross encourages eligible donors to become hometown heroes and answer the call of patients in need by donating blood.
    Donating blood is one of the simplest things a person can do to help save a patient’s life. For the hour it takes to give blood, there could be a whole community of people thankful for another birthday given to their loved one.

  • Nationally sanctioned cornhole tournament added to Ham Days
  • Council approves new city hall design

    The Lebanon City Council approved the updated plans for the new city hall after a presentation to the public during the Lebanon City Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday night. Architect Tim Murphy of Murphy+Graves+Trimble, PLLC (MGT), presented the new renderings to the public and to the council. Murphy said the team had the public in mind when creating the mockups for the building.

  • Dairy industry faces struggles

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    June is National Dairy Month, a month that started as National Milk Month in 1937 as a way to promote drinking milk to stabilize the dairy demand when there was a production surplus.
    Just like there is now.
    Sixteen months ago, milk was at $26 per hundredweight (about 12 gallons). Now, it’s at $15 per hundredweight.
    “There’s an over supply of milk worldwide,” said long time farmer, Joe Paul Mattingly.

  • MCPS Dream Bus delivering food, education to local children

    The Marion County Public School System’s Dream Bus is making its rounds across the county, delivering free food and education to local students. While on the bus, students (anyone 18 and under) can eat free, there is also a short lesson, and then children can play outside. Last week, instructor Jose Lyons centered the daily lesson around “shark week.”

    The Dream Bus schedule

    • 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.        Brookhaven

  • Lebanon man indicted for burglary

    Charles A. Buckley, 29, of 314 South Proctor Knott Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree burglary in Marion Circuit Court on June 6. He was also indicted for being a second-degree persistent felony offender and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.