Local News

  • School board schedules special meeting today on personnel matter

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 5 p.m. Thursday, May 2, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda is short, including student learning and support consent items and an executive session to discuss personnel under KRS 61.810(1)(f).

    This provision allows the board to hold an executive session on matters that may lead to the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an employee, member or student. The law does allow the individual in question the right to hold a public hearing if requested. 

  • Jets Over Kentucky seeks rental RVs and rental homes for pilots

    Event organizers for Jets Over Kentucky, the world’s grandest jet event, are looking for local residents who are willing to rent out their personal recreational vehicles (RVs) from July 7 - 14 at the Lebanon/Springfield Airport in Lebanon, KY.  Lewis Patton with Jet Central expressed interest in as many as 10 RVs, possibly more.
    In addition, local residents are asked to open their homes or offer rental properties to the pilots during this week.

  • Second lawsuit filed over tractor accident

    Five members of the Linde family have filed a lawsuit stemming from a tractor accident on the day of last year’s Warrior Dash. This is the second civil suit filed in connection with that incident.
    Lawrence Linde and Christopher Linde of Louisville and Kevin, Heather and Amelia Linde of Florence are listed as plaintiffs in the civil complaint filed April 12 in Marion Circuit Court against Steven Baudendistel of 1190 Popes Creek Road in Lebanon.
    In the complaint, the Lindes accused Baudendistel of “actual malice” and “gross negligence.”

  • 8 MCHS students chosen for GSP, 1 selected for GSA

    Eight Marion County High School students have been chosen to participate in the Governor's Scholars Program this summer. They are Abby Blandford, Joey Costello, Joe Ben Curtis, Natalie Mattingly, Lauren Farmer, Sarah Spalding, Brooklynn Russell, Bailey Spalding. Rebecca Taylor was chosen as an alternate.

  • Loretto health fair is May 7

    The Sisters of Loretto are hosting a free health fair May 7, and anyone in the area is welcome to attend.
    The health fair will be held from 2 to 7 p.m. May 7 at the City of Loretto Community Center, 72 School House Drive in Loretto. In previous years the Sisters of Loretto have held health fairs at the Motherhouse, but they decided to use this as an outreach opportunity this year.

  • Sheriff’s Office will be closed May 7

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will be closed Tuesday, May 7, so that the sheriff’s office staff can attend the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Service in Richmond honoring deceased Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes.
    Rakes was killed in the line of duty Nov. 14, 2012.
    The Kentucky State Police have agreed to respond to calls for service in Marion County that day. The dispatch number for the state police is (800) 222-5555 or 911 in case of an emergency.

  • Seven of eight emergency sirens ‘confirmed’ working during test

    Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson said a March 26 test of the county’s emergency sirens showed that all the sirens were working, but he did offer one word of caution.
    “The only one we didn’t get confirmation from someone in the community was St. Charles,” Johnson said.

  • Kentucky Classic Arts presents Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids

    Marion County will be showcasing more local talent and fostering a culture for theatre and the arts with the youth through Kentucky Classic Arts’ Spring Theatre Workshop and presentation of Disney’s Sleeping Beauty Kids. Thirty-two students between the ages of five and 15 have been working on this production since late February. Under the professional guidance of a team of theatrical talent from around the area, students have learned how to become a character, how to move on stage and how to become more confident in front of a crowd.

  • New leadership takes over Gravel Switch Fire Department

    The Gravel Switch Fire Department has gone through a change in leadership.
    Kevin Rogers has been appointed as the new Gravel Switch fire chief, and Jamie Garrett is the new assistant chief.
    They replace former chief Larry Vaughn and his assistant chief Vincent Tungate.
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said Vaughn came to him a few weeks ago and asked about stepping down and naming Rogers as the new chief. About a week later, Rogers told Mattingly that he wanted to name Garrett as his assistant chief.

  • Gravel Switch man indicted on sex abuse charges

    Jacob A. Hourigan, 33, of 2775 Beech Fork Road in Gravel Switch was indicted for six counts of first-degree sexual abuse (child under 12 years old) and one count of second-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, between Nov. 1, 2012, and Feb. 14, 2013, Hourigan subjected another person to sexual contact who is incapable of consent because he or she is less than 12 years old. The indictment also reads that he is over 21 and has been convicted of at least one felony after his 18th birthday.