Local News

  • Spring forward this Sunday

    Standard Time will soon give way to Daylight Saving Time. The change will occur at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 12. The change means the loss of an hour of sleep but the days will seem longer since sunset will occur an hour later.
    When you go to bed on Saturday night, March 11, set you clocks ahead one hour so you will have the correct time when you awaken Sunday morning, March 12.

  • Small crowd, big discussion at town hall meeting

    The Marion County Board of Education is expected to vote on a reorganization plan for Marion County Public Schools, along with the district's facilities plan, at its meeting Thursday.

  • Study links increase in county unemployment rate to rise in opioid deaths

    By Tim Mandell
    The Rural Blog

    Opioid overdose death rates grow fastest in counties with rising unemployment rates, says a study by researchers at the University of Indiana and the University of Virginia published in The National Bureau of Economic Research. Some of the nation's poorest counties, many in Appalachia, also have some of the highest drug overdose rates. A Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study has state-level data on overdose deaths from 2015.

  • Drugs in Marion County: 'The evil of this sickness is real’

    Since he was elected in 2002, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady has seen and experienced some difficult and disturbing things at the detention center. But, nothing compares to what he’s seeing now with the local drug epidemic, which continues to get more frightening with each passing day.
    “This sickness of addiction is scary,” Brady said. “We’ve had inmates smuggle drugs in for years, but it was marijuana. It wasn’t these deadly cocktails of pills, cocaine and Spice. The evil of this sickness is real.”

  • Jail incident reports

    Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County. Some of this content is extremely graphic.

  • Drugs in Marion County - A second chance

    Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County. Only the first names of inmates are being used in this story to protect them and their families. Warning: Some of the content is extremely graphic.

    Inmate No. 1
    Name: Michael
    Age: 29
    Charges: Manufacturing meth
    Sentence: Nine years
    Family info: He’s the father of a 15-month-old daughter who he’s never even held because he’s been incarcerated since she was born.

  • Lebanon woman killed after hit and run on Springfield Highway

    The body of a Lebanon woman was found lying on the side of Springfield Highway Sunday morning, and it’s expected she’s the victim of a hit and run.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    Carol Thompson from the Career Center in Lebanon attended Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting and reported that the transition from state to local control was “seamless.”

  • Lebanon man indicted for drug charges

    Matthew Cornett, 19, of 208 North Forrest Street in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
    According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 29, 2017, Cornett knowingly and unlawfully possessed meth.
    His bond was set at $5,000, and he was ordered to use no drugs or alcohol.

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  • Lebanon man’s murder trial set for April 10

    By Franklin Clark
    Central Kentucky News-Journal

    The case of a Lebanon man accused of a local murder will almost certainly go to trial about a year after the alleged shooting.
    At a hearing Feb. 28, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding kept William Calhoun’s jury trial for April 10. He’ll also have a pre-trial conference for Friday, March 17.