Local News

  • Three people killed in four days

    In scenes that are becoming all too familiar in Marion County, three people died after a pair of fatal collisions on Oct. 6 and Oct. 9.

    Monte Edelen, 54, and his father Charles Edelen, 89, both of Lebanon, were pronounced dead at the scene of an accident Thursday afternoon on Springfield Highway.

    Sunday evening, Loretto resident James Clayton Tharp, 70, died following an accident on the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway, also known as the Lebanon bypass.

  • 40th Forkland Festival is Oct. 14-15

    The Forkland Heritage Festival and Revue will be held for the 40th time this year. The festival will take place Oct. 14-15 at the Forkland Community Center, 16479 Forkland Road, Gravel Switch, KY 40328.

    The festival honors the rural community's history but is also intended to ensure its future. In addition to the crafts, Old Country Supper Theatre (bean supper), historical exhibits, museum, food and children's activities, the festival is adding some new features for 2011. These include new living history skits and a bean supper servers reunion.

  • Church to celebrate 225th anniversary

    St. Charles Catholic Church will be celebrating its 225th anniversary on Sunday, Oct. 16. The celebration will include a Mass at 10:45 a.m. officiated by Rev. Joseph Kurtz, the Archbishop of Louisville, and Rev. Charles Thompson, a Marion County native who is the Bishop of Evansville (Ind.).

    A reception with a meal will follow the Mass, according to Lisa Sandusky, president of the St. Charles Parish Council.

  • Barktoberfest is Saturday

    The Marion County Animal Shelter will host its annual Barktoberfest from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at Graham Memorial Park.

    Contests and door prizes will be part of the event. Registration begins at noon. Contests will include a pet costume contest, a homemade costume contest and a owner-pet look-alike contest.

    For more information, call (270) 692-0464 or email mcas@windstream.net.

  • Tourist commission completes two interviews

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission met twice last week, on Oct. 4 and 5, to conduct interviews with candidates for the vacant executive director's position.

    Tourist Chairman Dan Lawson said the commission had narrowed 30 applicants down to six candidates they wanted to interview.

    Two of the candidates were interviewed last week via Internet video chat service, Lawson said.

  • County approves new magisterial district boundaries

    After months of a discussion and a bit of tweaking, the Marion County Fiscal Court has approved the new magisterial district boundaries.

    The magistrates voted 3-1 in favor of approving the second reading of the ordinance setting the boundaries during their Oct. 6 meeting. Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers voted against the ordinance, and Magistrate Larry Caldwell was not present at the meeting.

    Smothers said he would have preferred to leave the boundaries unchanged.

  • Rescued boy becomes area’s first Project Lifesaver bracelet recipient

    A project that rolled out in late March is finally reaching its intended audience.

    Project Lifesaver, which helps caregivers of Alzheimer's patients and autistic children, has been available for county residents for months. Randall Chesser, the 7-year-old autistic boy that went missing for nearly two days last month, is the first patient to benefit from the program.

    The program includes a bracelet that resembles a wristwatch. The bracelet transmits a signal that carries over a 1.25-mile radius.

  • Turtleman coming to television

    It's official. The Turtleman, Ernie Brown Jr., is coming to television.

    Brown's show, "Call of the Wildman," is scheduled to debut Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet. According to the announcement, this will be a 12-part, half-hour series.

    "Another southern animal rescuer? If you think you've seen them all, nobody compares to the bare-handed trappin' approach of Animal Planet's bluegrass hero 'Turtleman,'" the press announcement reads.

  • Loretto man dies in collision on bypass

    A Loretto man has died, and a Marion County High School soccer player is being treated at University Hospital in Louisville following a two-vehicle collision at 7:15 Sunday evening on the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway. The accident occurred between St. Rose Road and Springfield Highway.

    James Clayton Tharp, 70, of Loretto died at the scene. Michael Jared Wheatley, 17, was flown to University Hospital by Air Methods. He was listed in serious condition as of Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson at U of L.

  • Father, son killed in accident on Springfield Highway

    A Lebanon man and his father were killed during a two-vehicle accident today, Oct. 6.

    The accident occurred on Springfield Highway at 12:54 p.m., approximately two miles north of Lebanon, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    Monte Edelen, 54, of Lebanon was driving a 1998 Ford pickup truck southbound on HWY 55 when he attempted to make a U-turn, and pulled into the path of a 1993 Ford log truck, being driven by John Dowd, 67, of Owenton.