Local News

  • More than just numbers at MCHS

    Building relationships with students and maintaining a healthy school culture are a primary focus for Marion County High School, Principal Stacey Hall told school board members during their regular monthly meeting, which was held Oct. 23 at MCHS.

    But, at the end of the day, Hall said he realizes what many people are going to be focused on is test scores.

  • Today is the final day to request mail-in absentee ballot

    Tuesday, Oct. 30, is the last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot for the Nov. 6 election.

    There is an exception for military personnel. Members of the Armed Forces who learn between Oct. 30 and Nov. 5 that they will be confined to a military base will be allowed to request an absentee ballot.

    Today is also the last day for someone who previously requested an absentee ballot to cancel that ballot if they know they will be able to vote in person. These voters will need to return the ballot they had requested by today to the Marion County Clerk's Office.

  • Congressional race a ‘first’ for Marion County

    When the state legislature approved the new Congressional districts last year, Marion County was moved into the First Congressional District, which predominantly consists of counties in the most western parts of Kentucky.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery marks the opening of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour

    Limestone Branch Distillery marked the opening of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour on Oct. 18 by filling a special barrel. Owners Paul and Steve Beam and members of their family took part in the opening. From left: Paul Beam, Jimmy Beam (Paul and Steve's father), Freddie Beam, Steve Beam and Jack Beam. Freddie and Jack are Paul and Steve's uncles. Freddie and Jack are also retired from Barton's distillery.

  • Generous and gentle

    Wes Daugherty was a successful businessman, owning and operating a local grocery for decades and as one of a group of local investors who purchased Citizens National Bank in 1983.

  • Marching Knights reach semifinals

    The Marion County High School Marching Knights finished sixth in the AAAA East Regional competition Oct. 20 in Berea. As a result the Marching Knights will advance to the AAAA semifinals Oct. 27 at Barren County High School.

    Marion County received a score of 79.15 in the semifinals. Anderson County won the regional competition with 88.925 points.

    The times and order for the semifinals have not yet been announced.

  • Fire school will be held Oct. 27-28

    Firefighters from all over Kentucky will arrive in Lebanon this weekend for the sixth annual Marion County Fire School.

    The school will be held from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and Sunday, Oct. 28 at various locations. Classes will include fire behavior and control, firefighter survival, arson/crime scene management and drivers training.

    Live training exercises will include safety, fire behavior, using portable extinguishers, ladders, fire hoses and appliances, water supply, ventilation and forcible entry.

  • New Harmonies events continue this week with multiple free events

    Four events are scheduled over the next seven days to coincide with the New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music Exhibit.

    Thursday, Oct. 25, the Friends of the Library and the Kentucky Humanities Council are sponsoring a Chautauqua event at 7 p.m. at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building in Lebanon. This event is free, although donations will be accepted.

  • Art show and reception Thursday at the judicial center

    The Marion County Judicial Center will be hosting an arts reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25.  The reception is free and open to the public.

    The reception will showcase a variety of paintings on display at the judicial center. A number of Kentucky artists, including several from Marion County, have pieces on display.

    Much of the artwork was created specifically for the judicial center. The reception will include music and light refreshments.

  • Magistrates approve community requests

    The Marion County Fiscal Court on Oct. 18 approved requests for assistance for Loretto Head Start and the Generation Gap's Toys for Kids program.

    The magistrates voted unanimously to give $12,000 toward improvements to the playground for Loretto Head Start.

    The judge and the magistrates agreed to contribute $1,500 combined to the Generation Gap's annual Christmas toy give-away. Junior Adams estimated that 175 to 200 children received toys last year through the program.