Local News

  • Loretto Homecoming is Saturday

    The Mark Mattingly Memorial Loretto Homecoming will be held Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Loretto Ball Park. This event is a fund-raiser for St. Jude's Children's Research Hospital.

    The event is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m. Bidding for the silent auction will start at that time as will the Tim Fowler Firefighter Challenge, in which different fire departments from around the area will compete in a variety of skills tests.

  • Ham Days Pride

    Sunshine prevailed during Ham Days 2011.

    "We did have wonderful weather," said Brad Mattingly, chairman of the Ham Days committee.

    Tens of thousands of people took to the streets for Marion County's biggest annual celebration. Whether someone was looking for music or a marshmallow gun, it was there to be found.

  • Two Marion County deputy jailers arrested

    Two deputy jailers at the Marion County Detention Center were arrested Wednesday morning, Sept. 21, on federal charges of providing contraband to inmates.

    Shawn Perkins, 35, and Michael Cook, 24, have been arrested on charges of providing contraband to prison inmates. Perkins is also facing a charge of trafficking with intent to distribute illegal narcotics.

    United States Attorney David J. Hale announced the arrests Sept. 21.

  • Lost and found

    Nearly 45 hours after disappearing, Randall Chesser was found alive, next to a creek off of Coulter Lane, lying on the ground, roughly three miles from his home.

    The 7-year-old autistic boy from Willisburg endured rain, wind and storms that started on Sunday night and lasted into Monday morning.


    "We praise God for just the fact that we found him, and found him alive and he seems to be healthy," John Settles, Washington County judge/executive, said.

  • Tourism commission ready to narrow list of applicants

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is moving closer to hiring its next executive director.

    The commissioners have received 30 applications (including an application that arrived postmarked after the mailing deadline that they agreed to accept), and they scheduled a special-called meeting for Sept. 27 to discuss the applicants.

  • Alleged murderer ordered to have psychiatric evaluation

    The Campbellsville woman who allegedly killed her husband with a morphine overdose will soon undergo an exam to determine whether she is competent to stand trial.

    Kathleen H. Wise, 60, of 4203 Bengal Road, was indicted in July by a Taylor County grand jury and charged with first-degree murder. If convicted, she faces as much as life in prison. She has pleaded not guilty to the charge.

    Wise appeared in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday, Sept. 20, before Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly for a three-minute hearing.

  • Tourist commission meeting today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The only item on the agenda is an executive session to discuss the resumes submitted for the position of executive director. Under state law, the commission can go into executive session to discuss personnel matters that may lead to the appointment of someone.

  • Missing autistic juvenile in Washington County has been found

    The 7-year-old autistic boy from Washington County who has been missing since Saturday evening has been found alive.

    According to Kentucky State Police, Randall Leon Chesser was found conscious and responsive. He was found at 2:45 p.m. by a ground search team from Mercer County next to a creek approximately three miles from his residence. He is being transported to an undisclosed medical facility for observation.

  • County offices will be closed Saturday

    Marion County government offices will be closed Saturday, Sept. 24.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that the county offices at the David R. Hourigan Government Center will be closed for Ham Days. He noted that the front plaza area and the rear parking of the government center will be used for Ham Days activities, so the government offices will be closed during the weekend.

  • Ham Days treasure has been found

    Six-month-old Price Alan Head from Dallas, Texas found the Ham Days treasure.

    The treasure, which resembled a pig nose, was found at Wheatley Enterprises and Goodie Two Shoes on the corner of Proctor Knott Avenue and M.L. King Avenue. It was found on the side of the building under a piece of white vinyl siding in the mulch.

    Price found the treasure with the help of his mom, Ann Carole Head, and his great aunt, Nancy Elder.

    As the winners, they will receive a slaughtered hog.