Local News

  • A step ahead

    More than 200 students graduated from Marion County High School recently, and many of them are a step ahead of their college classmates before ever stepping one foot on campus.

    Advanced Placement courses, which were once believed to be only for the "advanced" or "elite" students, are becoming more popular among students at the high school, and as a result, more courses are being offered and more students are getting college credit.

  • Marion County teen competes for more than $140,000 in college scholarships

    Christine Mattingly of Lebanon arrived in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday, June 12, to participate in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Mattingly is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $142,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011.

  • Drug testing decision tabled

    There will not be student drug testing at Marion County High School, for now at least.

    The Marion County Board of Education tabled the decision to approve a drug testing policy Tuesday evening, June 14, during its regular monthly meeting.

    In March, the board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at MCHS for the 2011-12 school year.

  • Undaunted

    A rain storm forced the 2011 Marion County Relay for Life to relocate inside the Roby Dome at Marion County High School, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the hundreds of participants.

    "It's awesome," said Sherille Parrott of Lebanon, a five-year breast cancer survivor. "It's my first year. I never realized what I was missing."

  • Roadblock raises funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital

     The annual St. Jude's roadblock was held May 5 in Lebanon. Susan Yocum, coordinator, reports that $1,920 was raised through the efforts of local volunteers and generous donors. This money will go directly to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.    

  • Workshop for local businesses is June 29

    Local businesses looking for new promotional ideas are invited to attend a free workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the Marion County Economic Development Office, located on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building in Lebanon.

  • City approves first reading of parking ordinance

    New parking restrictions could be in place soon on North Street and West High Street in Lebanon.

    On June 13, the Lebanon City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit parking within 50 feet of the intersection of North and West High streets on both sides of North Street and both sides of West High Street.

    The council must approve a second reading of the ordinance and publish it before the proposed changes would take effect.

  • Fiscal Court approves 2011-12 budget

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of the 2011-12 budget during its June 16 meeting.

    The budget was approved 3-0, since Magistrates Steve Masterson and John Arthur Elder III were not present at the meeting.

  • Leadership Lebanon applications are being accepted

    The 2011-12 class of Leadership Lebanon-Marion County is currently forming. The first meeting will be held at a mandatory retreat in September. Leadership activities are held the third Thursday of every month through May. Topics discussed each month will be education, industry, agriculture, tourism, medicine, media, and justice, among others.
    To participate in this year’s program or for more information, contact Adam Poff at (270) 692-0375 or Wally Brady at (270) 692-8695.
    All applications must be returned by Aug. 1.

  • City gets $32,600 for portable power supply

    The Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) awarded a $32,600 State Homeland Security Grant to the City of Lebanon to purchase a portable power supply, Gov. Steve Beshear announced recently.
    “Homeland Security grants are a vital component in helping keep the Commonwealth safe and secure,” Gov. Beshear said. “They provide funds that enable our first responders to have the latest and best tools needed in their critical missions. This power supply will be an essential piece of equipment during natural and manmade disasters.”