Local News

  • Murder trial still on schedule for August

    By Calen McKinney

    Landmark News Service


    The trial for a Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer, is still on track for August.

    Tonya Ford was in court Tuesday for another hearing in the case that accuses her of shooting David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

  • One dead, another injured after car overturns in Bardstown rock quarry

    Landmark News Service

    An elderly woman died and her son was airlifted to University of Louisville Hospital after a car's sudden erratic behavior sent it over the edge of Cedar Creek rock quarry about 6:15 p.m. Friday.

    Florence R. McRay, 91, Springfield, died at the scene. She was a passenger in the car driven by her son, Ronnie R. McRay, Lebanon. McRay was extricated from the vehicle by firefighters and police and then airlifted by helicopter from a landing zone on KY 245 to the University Hospital in Louisville.

  • Police chief dies

    UPDATE: The funeral for Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Marion County High School.

    Bell died Monday, June 6, at Taylor County Hospital, where he was undergoing prostate surgery. He was 58.

    Bosley Funeral Home is in charge of funeral arrangements. Visitation at the funeral home will be at 4 p.m. Friday, June 10. Public visitation will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday at the high school. The service is scheduled to begin at 2 p.m. He is to be buried in the St. Augustine Cemetery.

  • Old Mill Days is this weekend

    Bradfordsville will be hosting its annual Old Mill Days Friday through Sunday, June 10-12. The highlight of this year's event will be the dedication of the old school building at 6 p.m. Saturday.

    Old Mill Days has raised money to help with the renovation of the building for several years, and the building is nearly ready for use.

  • Juneteenth celebration is Saturday

    The third annual Juneteenth/Camp Crittenden Celebration will take play from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 11, at Graham Memorial Park at the park expansion on Fairground Road, across the street from the fairgrounds.

    This year's event will include living history demonstrations by the 12th United States Colored Heavy Artillery and the 14th Kentucky Light Artillery. The event will also feature a display of a flag collection, including a replica of the flag that was used in Lebanon during battle.

  • Library hosting college-preparation event

    Future college students and their parents may want to attend "Destination: On Your Own" from 1-6 p.m. Wednesday, June 8, at the Marion County Public Library. The event is being presented in collaboration with the Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority (KHEAA) and AmeriCorps, via the Central Kentucky Community Action Council.

  • Summer Reading kick-off is June 11

    The Marion County Public Library will kick off its summer reading program from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday at the tennis courts at Graham Memorial Park. Bring a swimsuit, be ready to get wet, and come enjoy music by the Steel Away Drum Band.

    This year's summer reading program for young children is themed "One World, Many Stories." For teens and tweens, the theme is "You Are Here," and the adult program is "Novel Destinations."

  • Prepare for extreme heat

    With summer fast approaching, Marion County Emergency management is encouraging citizens to be prepared for extreme heat. Older adults, young children, and people who are sick or overweight are most likely to be affected by extreme heat, particularly if they have overexerted themselves.

  • Car crash survivor 'appreciates life more'

    By Lindsay Kriz, KPA Summer Intern

    Justin Blandford was not expected to survive last Halloween.

    In the early morning of Oct. 31, 2010, Blandford, 22, of 2150 Loretto Road was driving his 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier west on Spencer Hamilton Road. At approximately 3:29 a.m., the vehicle veered off the road, struck a ditch, and overturned.

  • End of an Era

    Sonny Pickerill remembers a time when Marion County had seven new car dealerships. Those days are long gone,

    "I've seen a lot come and go," he said. "I guess you'd say we outlasted all of them."

    As the old adage says, all good things must come to an end. For Pickerill Motor Company, the end was April 29, 2011, after more than 77 years as a place to buy a new car, trade in an old one or get a car repaired. Since 1934, Pickerill Motor and Chrysler were synonymous in Lebanon.