Local News

  • School open houses and student registration schedule

    The first day of school for area students is fast approaching. Marion County Public School students will begin the school year Wednesday, Aug. 8. St. Augustine School students will start a day earlier, Tuesday, Aug. 7.

    The following is a schedule of open houses and student registrations at local schools:

    Monday, July 30

    • Marion County High School, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 12th grade

    Tuesday, July 31

  • August chamber lunch to feature Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at noon on Aug. 23, at the Marion County Extension Office located on Fairground Road. The featured speaker will be Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. The cost of the luncheon is $15 per person. Please RSVP for this event by Friday, Aug. 17. The Marion County Cattlemen will be preparing lunch.


    Jerry Abramson, Lieutenant Governor

  • Not so high, but very dry

    "Corn is a plant that just doesn't ever like a bad day," Bill Peterson said. "And we've had a string of bad days."

    Peterson farms 14,000 acres with his brothers, Bernard and David, and his son, Albert. They grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and like many farmers across the United States, they have had a rough year.

    "Our early corn is already toast," Peterson said. "It's beyond help."

  • "I miss mommy"

    "I wish mommy would come home soon."

    Austin Tingle's voice quivers as he sits nervously inside Gravel Switch Baptist Church Sunday evening prior to a special prayer service for his mother. He's wearing her favorite color, purple, and a pin with her photo is fastened to his shirt.

    "I miss mommy," Austin said, his bottom lip trembling.

  • A Knight on their side

    When Melissa Knight's brother, Larry Lee Jr., died after he walked away from a personal care home last year, she didn't want another family to go through that experience. She pushed and pushed and pushed for legislation to change the regulations for personal care homes, and those changes were signed into law earlier this year.

  • Remembering the war dead

    By Nick Schrager, summer intern


    Off of Highway 208 sits a place that honors the dead who have died for a nation and cause that they believed in.

    Upon entering the Lebanon National Cemetery, symmetrical rows of white headstones and posts cut into the ground and top the hills. There is a surreal and calm quietness in the air... a flag gently waves, and a silhouette in the distance mourns.

  • New face in extension office

    The Marion County Cooperative Extension Office has been short-staffed for much of the year, but since July 2, all three extension agent positions have been filled. The county's family and consumer science extension agent is Lizzie Spalding, 23. Spalding was born and raised in Marion County. She grew up on her family's farm in Calvary, where they had a dairy and raised tobacco. She was also involved in 4-H when she was growing up.

    "I went to 4-H camp until I was too old and they said I couldn't do it anymore," Spalding said.

  • Blood drive July 26 in Loretto

    The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Loretto Community Center.

    There is a critical need for all blood types at this time.

  • Thunderstorm warning in effect until 5:35 p.m.

    A thunderstorm warning is in effect for Marion County until 5:35 p.m.

    A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Marion County until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

    The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch for 67 Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

    A thunderstorm watch is issued when the conditions for a storm are expected. A warning is issued is a storm is present in the area.

  • Springfield man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Jason E. Payne, 39, of Springfield died Saturday as a result of a motorcycle accident.

    The accident occurred at 6:24 p.m., on KY 208 in Calvary, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Payne was traveling east on KY 208 on a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2009 Chevy operated by Mary L. Beaven, 59, of Lebanon.

    Payne was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police.