Local News

  • 'Hee Haw' at St. Joe Dec. 15 and 28

    Anyone who missed the Dec. 15  "Hee Haw" performance at St. Joe will have a second chance to see it at 5 p.m. Dec. 29.

    Admission is a donation, which will go to the St. Joe Community Center. Refreshments will be served after the performance.

    For more information, call 270-692-7429.

  • Firefighters combat fire at 975 Marlowe Lane

    Firefighters from the Bradfordsville, Lebanon and Gravel Switch Fire Departments responded to a fire at 975 Marlowe Lane in Bradfordsville. The fire was reported to the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 10:13 a.m. Dec. 11.

    No injuries were reported in the fire, but the house received severe damage.

    "It was a total loss," Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said.

    John Duncan Jr., 38, and his wife, Lisa, 42, their daughter, Kayla Vance, 19, and her husband, Zachary, 21, resided in the house.

  • County more prepared with help of American Red Cross

    The 2009 ice storm was a “rude awakening” for Marion County, according to Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly. It showed the community it could be better prepared, Mattingly said, and since then the county has become more involved with the American Red Cross.
    The American Red Cross was the topic during the First Friday Forum at the Marion County Economic Development Office on Dec. 6. Susan Hardin, the director for the newly named “Heart of Kentucky Chapter” of the American Red Cross, said when it comes to disasters, county lines don’t matter.

  • Officers honored for DUI arrests

    Lebanon Police Officer J.D. Holliday and Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Tristan Hayden were among the 206 officers recognized for their efforts to stop drunk and impaired drivers at the Governor’s Impaired Driving Enforcement Awards on Dec. 3 at the Marriott Louisville East.
    According to the highway safety office, Holliday made 46 DUI arrests, and Hayden arrested 13 people for DUI.
    Last year, more than 5,750 alcohol-related crashes, resulting in 146 deaths and more than 3,000 injuries, were reported in Kentucky.

  • Santa Claus is coming to Loretto

    Santa Claus will be visiting the Loretto area on Sunday, Dec. 15. He will be going from house to house on the fire engine with the Loretto Fire Department. Due to safety concerns for the public and the fire department members, this year Santa will be staying within the city limits of Loretto for his house to house visits. However, for the people who live outside the city limits of Loretto we will have designated locations for you to bring your children to visit with Santa Claus.
    Santa will do his best to follow this schedule:

  • Serious about Horsin’ Around

    Years ago, Bev Lee was working as a special education teacher. She recalls a Friday night when she was still at school at 4:45 p.m. filling out paperwork.
    She and the janitor were the only two people in the building. She remembers praying for God to show her another way to help kids.
    The next week, she learned about a camp for children with special needs, and she started volunteering. Eventually, that became a full-time job, which included a stint running camps for Paul Newman in Connecticut and in Ireland.

  • Cities will need to name electrical inspectors

    In April, the county voted to name Coy Neat as its electrical inspector. Now, Marion County’s incorporated cities may need to consider if they want to name their own inspector.
    Michael Shannon, the county’s former electrical inspector, now serves as the State Electrical Inspector for the Department of Housing, Building and Construction. He told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Dec. 5 meeting that the state would be enforcing a law that has been on the books since the 1980s.
    "They are no longer going to be ignored," Shannon said.

  • More holiday happenings this weekend

    If the weather prevented you from enjoying last weekend’s holiday activities, then this weekend will bring another round of events taking place around the county.
    From noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, Pope’s Creek Ranch, 2250 Popes Creek Road in Lebanon, is hosting its Country Christmas at the Ranch. Children can have their photos made with a Cowboy Santa and Cowgirl Elves. Sarah Elizabeth Burkey will be performing traditional and mountain folk Christmas songs on the dulcimer. This event is free and open to the public.

  • Minister denied bond in hearing at Boyle County Circuit Court

    By Kendra Peek
    The Advocate-Messenger

    Kenneth Allen Keith appeared in court for a bond hearing on Monday, Dec. 2, but the request was denied, which means the man accused of killing three individuals will remain in jail for the duration of the trial.
    “That was sort of expected,” said Mark Stanziano, the attorney representing Keith.
    Stanziano said it was possible to appeal, but it was unlikely that they would, because it “detracts” from what is being done in Keith’s defense.

  • Hearing rescheduled for alleged shooter of Deputy Anthony Rakes

    The man accused of murdering Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes has not yet decided if he will accept a plea agreement offer from the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
    Dewayne Shipp, 50, was originally scheduled to have a hearing Dec. 5 in Marion Circuit Court, but that hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 13.
    The Commonwealth’s Attorney made the offer to Shipp on Nov. 21, according to court records, but the details of that offer are not yet available.