Local News

  • Changes approved to state legislative districts

    Marion Countians won't see a change in their representation in the General Assembly, according to the redistricting plan signed into law Friday by Gov. Steve Beshear.

    The new boundaries did involve some controversies, which Beshear alluded to as well.

    "Redistricting is always a partisan process, and the current situation is no exception," Beshear said in a press statement.

  • Jury recommends death in kidnapping of Marion County native

    Convicted murderer Michael Dale St. Clair will be sentenced next month for his most recent murder conviction Friday in Hardin County.

  • Get empowered at 'Women on the Rise'

    Keisha Mathies wanted to give something back to her hometown, and next month, she is doing just that. Mathies has organized a conference, which she is calling "Women on the Rise."

    The event is scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, at the Hampton Inn in Lebanon, and it is free. Men are welcome to attend as well, but Mathies asks that attendees not bring any children. This is so the attendees can get everything possible out of the event.

  • Man arrested after allegedly shooting his mother

    A Lebanon man is under arrest and his mother is recovering from a gunshot wound after an incident early Sunday morning on Three Pines Road in Lebanon.

    Shane Ray Wright, 32, is being held at Marion County Detention Center on a charge of first-degree assault, domestic violence. Additional charges are expected, according to Kentucky State Trooper Billy Gregory.

  • Loretto man airlifted after truck overturns in Nelson County

    From The Kentucky Standard

  • Indoor marijuana growing operation in Marion County

    The Kentucky State Police seized 31 marijuana plants, more than a pound of processed marijuana, two firearms, $830 and drug paraphernalia on Jan. 17 in Marion County.
    In response to an anonymous tip, the state police discovered an indoor marijuana growing operation at 4 p.m. Jan. 17 at three residences on KY 49.
    No arrests were made at the time of the discovery, but the information will be presented to the Marion County Grand Jury.

  • Education briefs

    The school board unanimously approved establishing the current Hugh C. Spalding Academy as a separate A5 school beginning with the 2012-13 school year.

    A draft of enrollment and graduation requirements for the Hugh C. Spalding Academy was also presented to the board for the first reading.

    Superintendent Chuck Hamilton, who helped develop an A5 school while he was Mercer County's superintendent, said the school would allow students to earn their diploma, but also give them the flexibility to work.

  • Hear, hear

    Hemp, horses, House districts and H20 were among the issues discussed when Congressman Brett Guthrie visited Marion County last week.

    Guthrie stopped at the Marion County Extension Office Jan. 11 as part of a series of listening sessions he is holding throughout Kentucky's Second Congressional District.

    Guthrie opened with a short presentation complete with charts listing bills passed in the House but not the Senate, budget proposal comparisons and the increasing effect government programs are having on the budget.

  • Tech center can't replace retired teacher

    The Marion County Area Technical Center lost its industrial maintenance instructor to retirement at the end of December. Since school has resumed, students who were in the program have been moved to other programs, and local business leaders are concerned about the impact it could have on the community.

    "We're hoping to get another instructor, but our hands are tied," Marion County ATC Principal Tony Webb said.

  • Striking the right notes

    Beginning musicians are encouraged to take their time learning how to play before learning to play bigger and faster.

    The Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff followed that same pattern, and it has continued to expand its repertoire each year. The 2012 festival will take place Jan. 27-28 at Marion County High School, and it may be the biggest one to date.