Local News

  • Love for farming, family drove Ford

    Joe Ford has long been known for his love of farming in Marion County's agricultural community, and that devotion was recognized this year when Ford - "Joe Joe" to his friends - received the Marion County Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.

    Joe Joe's family was present to receive the award, in what was a bittersweet occasion. Ford died May 28 at the age of 67.

    "He loved farming," said his wife Linda Ford. "He farmed right up to the day he passed away."

  • Halloween events to take place Monday evening

    Children of all ages will enjoy Halloween activities Monday, Oct. 31, throughout Marion County

    In Lebanon, trick-or-treating and Halloween at the Park will both take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    In Loretto, trick-or-treating will also be held from 5:30 to 7:30 Monday evening.

  • Marching Knights advance to state semifinals

    The Marion County High School marching band finished fifth in the Class AAAA west regional competition Saturday in Hopkinsville.

    By finishing among the top eight teams in the regional contest, the Marching Knights advance to the Class AAAA state semifinals, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Barren County High School in Glasgow.

  • Marion County Fire School is this weekend

    The fifth annual Marion County Fire School is scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30.

    More than 100 firefighters from around the state have preregistered, according to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson. Another 100 or 200 firefighters are expected to take part in the school.

    The school will include classes on fire behavior and fire control, firefighter survival and rescue, farm rescue, advanced vehicle rescue, arson/crime scene investigation, drivers training, and rope rescue operations.

  • Miracle Baby

    The 2011 March for Babies was held Saturday at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon, and Ambassador Baby Juliana Maria Diaz Wolford of Campbellsville was all smiles. Juliana was born 10 weeks premature on March 3, but was surprisingly healthy, despite weighing just 1 pound, 13.5 ounces. She was breathing on her own, but was put on a ventilator for one day. She remained on oxygen for five weeks. Aside from low birth weight, the only physical affect of Juliana being born premature was a hole in her heart, which, according to her mother, Ashley Contreras, closed on its own.

  • Canadian company continues to grow

    When Gov. Steve Beshear stopped in Lebanon Oct. 20, Mayor Gary Crenshaw pointed out that Beshear has been here five times in the last three and a half years.

    "Each time that he comes it's either to do a ribbon cutting or bring money and jobs to Lebanon and Marion County," Crenshaw said. "Governor, thank you very much, and I invite you over the next four and a half years to come back as often as you can."

  • Big heart & a new home

    When Billy Osbourne became the president of the Marion County Association for the Handicapped, he developed a five-year plan to build new group homes and new workshops for Marion County Industries.

    On Oct. 20, the first part of that plan came to fruition with the opening of Marion Meadows, a house for three individuals with mental disabilities.

    "It feels real good," Osbourne said at the open house.

  • Tensions persist, mayor urges commissioners to move forward

    The tension within the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission hasn't let up just yet.

    During a special-called meeting Oct. 20, the first item on the agenda referred to a commissioner's continued appointment, and it appears to have stemmed from an open records request made by Commissioner Dennis George.

    Mayor Gary Crenshaw attended last week's meeting and urged the commissioners to find a way to work together, even with their disagreements.

  • MCHS in regional marching band competition Saturday

    The Marching Knights will take the field for regional competition Saturday, Oct. 22, at Hopkinsville High School in Hopkinsville.

    Marion County will be competing in the Class AAAA West Regional. They are scheduled to perform at 9 p.m. Central time. Tickets for the regional competition are $10 apiece and can be purchased on site.

  • Fiscal court to meet Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Items on the agenda are:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Pauper funeral expense

    - Resolution and proclamation on behalf of St. Charles Church

    - Lease agreement of CD & D landfill site

    - Letter of intent (non-binding); real estate lease

    - Presentation concerning county employee - Humana Health Insurance Renewal