Local News

  • Ham Days rain plan in effect


    Mother Nature must not realize that one of the biggest festivals in central Kentucky is taking place this weekend. Or, she doesn't particularly care for ham.

    Nevertheless, the rain that continues to fall in Lebanon and Marion County has already caused some changes in Ham Days events.

    Friday night's Miller Lite 100.9 MIKE FM Battle Of The Bands, which was originally scheduled to be held at Johnston Field behind Centre Square, will instead be taking place inside the Centre Square Convention Center.

  • Ham Days comes to a close

    It may have been wetter than they would have like, but the runners in the 2009 Pokey Pig helped Marion County Country Ham Days get off to a running start. 

    Scores of runners and their supporters endured the wet conditions to complete the 3.1-mile course.

    The overall winners were Matthew Mattingly and Sara Obata. Both are student-athletes at Marion County High School.

    Mattingly was the fastest finisher overall, and Obata was the fastest female finisher. Mattingly runs cross country, and Obata is a member of the Lady Knights girls soccer team.

  • Ham Days treasure hunt is over

    Belle and Brady Elder, the children of Janice and Jason Elder of Lebanon, were able to solve the clues and find the Time Warner treasure in this year's Ham Days Treasure Hunt. The item hid was a gold star on the marquee at Big Jim's.

  • Pedestrian dies after collision on US 68

    A woman from Ekhorn died and a Campbellsville woman was injured after they were struck by a Ford truck Friday, Sept. 18.

    The collision occurred at 8:39 p.m. on U.S. 68 approximately four miles west of Lebanon.

    Ladonna J. Sallee, 36, was pronounced dead at the scene, and Trena R. Summers, 32, was transported to Spring View Hospital for non-life threatening injuries.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, alcohol appeared to be a factor involving the pedestrians. Summers was cited for alcohol intoxication.

  • Locals fall victim to former UK basketball star's game

    Rick Downs never played basketball at the University of Kentucky, but a former Wildcat basketball star is being accused of making a steal, and then a fast break with his money.

    Derrick Miller, 42, a former University of Kentucky basketball player from 1986 through 1990, has been charged with four counts of theft by deception, each a Class D felony.

  • InBrief

    Flu level deemed 'widespread' in Kentucky

    The Kentucky Department for Public Health has reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the influenza activity level in Kentucky has increased from regional to widespread. This is the highest level of flu activity, and it indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state.

  • Roads to close during Ham Days

    There will be several roads closed during the Marion County Country Ham Days festival this weekend. According to Lebanon Police Chief Shelton Young, they are as follows:   • Main Street will be closed from College to Forest   • Depot will be closed from Mulberry to Lincoln

    • ML King Avenue will be closed from Depot to Proctor Knott and again from Spalding to Forest

  • No matter the number ... Ham Days has been decades of fun

    The 2009 Ham Days is being promoted as the 40th anniversary of the festival, but the "first" Ham Days reportedly took place in 1971, according to news stories from that year.   Confused? It isn't the first time.

    The numbering of Ham Days has been in question for years, and the official and unofficial numbers remain something of a mystery.

    Charlie Pearl wrote about the issue in 1994. "How do you count Hammiversaries?" was included in the preview of that year's Ham Days.

  • 'A really good, educational speech'

    Around the country, schools took different approaches to the speech. In Marion County, schools generally left it up to teachers to decide if they wanted to show the speech.

  • Text of the President's address to schoolchildren

    Hello, everybody! Thank you. Thank you. Thank you, everybody. All right, everybody go ahead and have a seat. How is everybody doing today? (Applause.) How about Tim Spicer? (Applause.) I am here with students at Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. And we've got students tuning in from all across America, from kindergarten through 12th grade. And I am just so glad that all could join us today. And I want to thank Wakefield for being such an outstanding host. Give yourselves a big round of applause.