Local News

  • Hot air balloons coming to Ham Days this year

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce is adding two new events to the Marion County Country Ham Days Festival this year.
    There will be a hot air balloon glow from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 24, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. There will be 11 hot air balloons inflated in the grassy area located at the front of the park near the Lebanon Aquatic Center.

  • Junior Mister is April 23

    The 11th Annual Junior Mister Show will take place at 7 p.m., Saturday, April 23, in the Marion County High School gymnasium. Sixteen young men will compete for the title of Junior Mister. This year's theme is James Bond, and all proceeds for the show will go to Kosair Children's Hospital, the Marion County Autism Awareness Center and the Marion County Animal Shelter. Advanced tickets will be $5 and may be purchased in the MCHS lobby from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., April 20-22. Tickets at the door will be $7.

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  • Fire damages shop building

    Fire heavily damaged a metal shop building on St. Marys Road Sunday afternoon.
    The fire occurred at 3 p.m. at 3010 St. Marys Road.
    A shop building, belonging to Dianne Mattingly, caught fire. According to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly, a side by side ATV vehicle started the fire.
    “Something may have shorted out on it. It’s hard to say,” Mattingly said.
    Firefighters from Lebanon, Loretto and Raywick responded to the fire, and were on scene for approximately two hours.

  • Earning gold

    By Jonna Spelbring Priester
    Landmark News Service

    At the end of the month, two Marion County teens will earn something only 5 percent of Girl Scouts nationwide ever achieve: the Gold Award.
    Allison Buckman and Caroline Cobb spent 80 hours working toward the prestigious awards, which they’ll receive during a ceremony in Louisville on April 29.

  • Celebrating all things handmade, handcrafted

    The fourth annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival took place Saturday at the distillery in Loretto. The festival celebrates all things handmade, and  vendors from across the country were on hand to share their handcrafted items with the public. The festival was free, and also included handcrafted food and cocktails, music and a self-guided tour of the distillery. The distillery was expecting several thousand people to attend the festival, which is held annually on the second Saturday in April.


  • Lebanon leader dies

    Maurice Doody Spalding, 92, served many roles during his lifetime.
    He was a successful business owner having worked at Clarkson Insurance Agency (now Energy Insurance) before becoming co-owner.
    He was also a public servant, serving as a city councilman and then becoming Lebanon’s mayor from 1978 to 1989.

  • Dreaming big

    Marion County Public School’s third annual Spring Summit was a night devoted to celebrating the school district’s successes, showcasing its student talent and continuing to get feedback from the community.
    To kick off the evening, MCPS staff excitedly debuted the district’s new Dream Bus, which will serve as a traveling learning lab and also provide meals to children during the summer.
    “So many kids will benefit from the Dream Bus,” Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said.

  • Green Festival in Springfield April 30

    Now running into it’s third year, the Green Festival will be coming back to Springfield on April 30 to both entertain and educate folks about sustainable living.
    According to Sister Claire McGowan of the New Pioneers, the purpose of the festival is to help people experience the various ways “a community can become more sustainable.”
    “The kinds of food, the kinds of crafts, the kinds of kids activities, the demonstrations are designed to raise people’s awareness of better ways of taking care of earth,” McGowan said.

  • Shaving heads, saving lives

    Citizen’s National Bank organized its 10th and last St. Baldrick’s event in Lebanon Saturday afternoon.
    This year, numbers were down, but the event still had 32 shavees and raised more than $10,700 for the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, which raises money for children’s cancer research.
    In its 10 years, CNB has helped raise more than $244,000 for the foundation.
    A new sponsor for the event has not been found, as of yet. Contact Sheila Lanham at 270-692-5323 if you are interested in possibly organizing the event next year.