Local News

  • United we build

    Christmas in the Park just got a lot bigger thanks to the newest addition to the display of lights in Graham Memorial Park this season.
    Students in the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program at Marion County High School have been working with Citizens National Bank to build a structure that is a scale model of the bank. The collaborative effort took more than 50 students.
    PLTW instructor Greg Conley said that the project was massive.

  • Hands-on

    Since 1987, Marion County High School has paved the way for medical professionals by providing a certified nurse’s aid (CNA) course for students.
    Mary Jo Clark, who has led the program for the last 16 years, said it has been a great opportunity for students.
    “Prior to 1987, there wasn’t a regulation, there wasn’t any type of program,” Clark said. “You pretty much got on-the-job training and that could be really good and that could be really poor.”

  • National bird spotted in Marion County

    Lisha Mitchell submitted this photo of a bald eagle she spotted last week just past the Marion County line going toward the Forkland Community Center.

  • 'We don't want to miss a beat'

    The Marion County Public School System’s celebration after the recallable nickel passed during the General Election last week was short and sweet.
    School district officials aren’t wasting any time in their mission to improve school facilities and possibly attain additional funding from the state.

  • Never forget

    The air was cold, but hearts were warm as community members gathered to remember Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes Monday night.
    As the music played outside the David R. Hourigan Government Center, people slowly lit candles one-by-one in honor of Rakes.
    Family members spoke in remembrance of their loved one and community leaders told of a man who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.

  • Voters sweep incumbents in school board elections

    The Marion County Board of Education will feature three new faces in January.
    During last week’s election, all three current school board members who were on the ballot were defeated. In District I, Carrie Truitt defeated incumbent DeLane Pinkston, who had been serving on the school board since 1981. In District 4, Peggy Downs defeated Board Chairman Mike Cecil, who has been on the board since 2010. And, in District 5, Brad Cox defeated Jeroyd F. “Jerry” Evans, who was appointed to fill the vacant District 5 seat in 2014.

  • Reed ready for new direction

    Election Day was full of surprises, both on a national level and here at home. William Brandon Reed defeated long-time democratic incumbent, Terry Mills, in the state representative race by 1,591 votes.
    In Marion County, Mills beat Reed with a resounding 5,973 votes to 2,117 votes, but it was LaRue and Green counties that wrote the rest of the story. In Green County, Reed came out ahead 3,812 to 1,344. In LaRue County (where Reed lives), Reed ended the night with 4,634 to Mills’ 1,655.

  • Chief nervous about police shortage

    The Lebanon Police department will soon be understaffed, but Police Chief Wally Brady wants people to know that the streets will still be covered.
    Brady addressed the Lebanon City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, to report on the current staffing issues with the department.
    “I was in service training last week with 100 chiefs across the state of Kentucky,” Brady said, “and all the police departments across the state of Kentucky are dealing with the same situation that we’re dealing with.”

  • Relay For Life undergoes changes

    Marion and Washington counties will be joining together for the next Relay For Life event in June at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.
    According to Relay For Life Community Manager Drew Underwood, the event will look a lot different than previous years.
    “We’re really trying to do a lot of things differently,” he said. “It used to be a cookie cutter event. It didn’t really matter what city you went to, what time of year it was, it was always the same.”

  • Thanksgiving closings, garbage pickup and more

    There will be no garbage pick-up in Marion County on Thursday, Nov. 24, Thanksgiving Day. The normal Thursday garbage route will be picked up on Wednesday, Nov. 23. The Friday garbage route will be picked up on Monday, Nov. 28. Please set our your garbage earlier than normal.
    Lebanon City Hall, Marion County Clerk’s office, PVA office, county judges office, Marion Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Those offices will re-open Monday, Nov. 28.