Local News

  • Chamber of commer is accepting nominations for 'Outstanding' awards

    Once again the Marion County Chamber of Commerce is seeking nominations for the outstanding awards that will be presented at the annual banquet on Jan. 26, 2012. These awards are given to community leaders that show outstanding job performance, dedication to our community, etc.

    Go to http://marioncountykychamber.com/awardsbanquet.html to submit your nominations to the chamber office. Nominations are due by Jan. 15.


  • Car runs into creek

    Lauren Hutchins was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Impala when she lost control, ran off the roadway and overturned in a creek on Hwy. 152, approximately two miles north of Loretto. The Marion County Sheriff's Office responded to the scene at 6:58 p.m.

    Marion County Rescue assisted in extricating Hutchins from the accident scene, and Marion County EMS transported her to Spring View Hospital for treatment.

    Loretto Fire and EMS also assisted at the scene.

  • Ford murder trial is postponed

    Tonya Ford's murder trial, which was scheduled to begin Monday, has been postponed until January.

    According to Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney John Miller, the prosecutor in the case, said Wednesday that a material witness was injured and had surgery.

    As such, the witness is unavailable for trial, he said, and Ford's trial has been rescheduled to begin Monday, Jan. 23.

  • Springfield Highway house damaged Monday morning

    At 1:25 a.m. Monday, the Lebanon Police received a report of a house fire on Springfield Highway near the Jehovah's Witnesses Kingdom Hall.

    Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said the house belongs to Junior Wiser, although no one was at home at the time of the fire. He said the cause of the fire has not yet been determined, although he described the damage as "pretty severe."

    Two rooms on the first floor and two rooms upstairs received the worst damage, according to Mattingly.

  • Mid-Kentucky Chorus to perform annual Christmas concert

  • 'New Life' for church

    The Sunday before Halloween, the members of New Life Christian Church in Bradfordsville gave themselves a treat - a new home.

    For more than a decade, the congregation had gathered each Sunday at the Bradfordsville Performing Arts Center. Pastor Herbie Goff remembered the first meeting in August of 2001.

    "We started with six people," he said.

  • Mills reintroduces bill to allow advertising on school buses

    State Rep. Terry Mills proposed a bill during the 2011 General Assembly that would allow local school boards to decide if they wanted to sell advertising on school buses. That bill won approval in the House of Representatives, but died in the Senate.

    That hasn't deterred Mills, who has prefiled a similar bill (BR 272) for the 2012 session of the state legislature.

  • Lovers Lane closed due to high waters

    Lovers Lane is closed until further notice due to high waters, according to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson.

    A truck is also hanging off the bridge, Johnson reported.

    Drivers should avoid this road, and they should not attempt to drive in any area where water is over the road or over a bridge.

  • President pardons Loretto man

    A Loretto man has received a Presidential pardon.

    Lesley Claywood Berry Jr. of Loretto was one of five people to receive a pardon from President Barack Obama Monday, Nov. 21.

    Berry had been convicted of conspiracy to manufacture, possession with intent to distribute and distribute marijuana in 1988 in U.S. District Court in Minnesota.

    He was sentenced April 29, 1988, to three years in prison.

  • Tourist commission to meet Nov. 23

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The commission has scheduled an executive session under Chapter 61.810(f) of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. This section deals with the possible hiring, firing or discipline of an employee. The commission has been searching for a new executive director since August when the former director, Chris Hamilton, accepted a position with the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.