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Local News

  • Activating traffic signal on Lebanon bypass

    A traffic signal will be turned on Wednesday, Sept. 8, at the intersection of KY 2154 (the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway) and KY 49 (Loretto Road).

    A recent traffic study by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet showed that nearly 6,000 vehicles passed through the intersection each day. The conclusion was that the intersection warranted a traffic signal.

    The transportation cabinet encouraged drivers to use extra caution as the community adjusts to the new signal. 

  • BREAKING NEWS: Gravel Switch woman is missing

    The Kentucky State Police are currently looking for Kara Rigdon, 26, of Gravel Switch who has been missing since July 17.

    She was last seen on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch and last spoke with a family member in the early morning hours of July 18.

  • The Great Outhouse Blowout is Saturday

    Sparta's got NASCAR but Historic Penn's Store, just outside Lebanon has the Outhouse 300, the main event of the Great Outhouse Blowout Saturday, Sept. 11.

    Born from the Outhouse Dedication ceremony on Sept. 8, 1992, this unique event is held annually to celebrate and preserve Kentucky's rural heritage.

  • Representative Roundtable

    Jobs, the economy, and healthcare were just a few of the topics talked about at a roundtable discussion with U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie during his visit to Lebanon Tuesday of last week. But, technical education and its need for additional funding dominated the discussion.

    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund voiced his frustrations to Guthrie about the state's priorities and the lack of support technical education receives.

  • Church music

    Sr. Alice Eugene Tighe uses a walker, but she was among the first to rise to give a standing ovation to the two musicians who performed at the Loretto Motherhouse Thursday evening.

    "They're both virtuosos simultaneously," she said.

    And Tighe, 96, should know. She has a PhD. in music from the University of Michigan, and she still teaches piano. She has lived at the Motherhouse for around seven months, and she said she has been impressed by all of the musicians who have performed during that time.

  • Former MAC employee charged with disorderly conduct

    Elizabeth Ann Newton, 26, of 807 West Finley Ridge Road in Campbellsville received 24 months of probation for disorderly conduct stemming from sexual contact with an inmate.

    Newton was originally charged with second-degree sexual abuse, but the charge was amended to disorderly conduct. Newton was also ordered to stay away from Marion Adjustment Center.

  • Block Party Boogie

    The Generation Gap hosted its annual Block Party over the Labor Day weekend. In addition to music, games and food, the Generation Youth held a dance contest. The Marion County Youth Center also performed a few dance routines for the crowd. 

  • Beat the Heat

    Aiden Mudd from Raywick enjoyed a blast of water from his soccer coach, Jeremy Bowman, after the first soccer game of the season for the 6-year-old-and-under league at Graham Memorial Park recently. The temperature is expected to reach 95 degrees today and tomorrow and then cool off to the mid-80s for the weekend. The cooler temperatures will make this Labor Day weekend even more enjoyable and give local residents a break from the unseasonably hot conditions. Until recently, temperatures have been over 90 degrees for the majority of the summer.

  • State eliminates KCHIP premium

    Low-income families now have one less obstacle to providing health insurance for their children.

    Last week, state officials announced that the $20 monthly fee for the Kentucky Children's Health Insurance Program has been eliminated.

    "We do think that the $20 premium requirement did present a hardship on some families," said Vikki Franklin, a spokeswoman for the Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

  • In check

    May 18 is a day that Junie Mattingly and his wife, Carolyn, won't forget any time soon. That was the day that they found out Mattingly had prostate cancer.

    "It was a scary thing when we heard it was cancer," Carolyn said.

    Mattingly, 78, of Loretto seemed to take the news in stride. Two of his brothers had the disease previously, so he knew that it ran in his family. He'd even had a biopsy one other time, but that test came back negative for cancer.