Local News

  • Tornado watch in effect until 1 a.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1 a.m. for several counties in central Kentucky, including Marion County.

    A tornado watch means the conditions for a tornado are possible. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been spotted or is indicated by weather radar.

    According to the weather service, a large, low-pressure system will move into the Ohio Valley tonight. This system could produce showers, thunderstorms, large hail, strong wind gusts, and lightning.

  • Raywick man found dead, apparent suicide

    William A. Bickett, 56, of 5780 Highway 84 in Raywick was found dead Friday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.

    Clements said he received a call Friday at approximately 10 a.m. from the deceased’s mother, stating that she hadn’t seen her son for several days.

  • Over a barrel

    The Marion County Fiscal Court and Beam Global are at a crossroads. The question is whether they will choose to follow the same path.

    Beam Global has plans to build new warehouses for Maker's Mark, but where those warehouses are built will depend on what incentives communities are willing to offer. Beam Global is seeking a 30-year tax abatement that could mean a difference of tens of millions of dollars.

  • KY 55 Yard Sale registration deadline is April 3

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission wants to make sure Lebanon is the biggest hotspot during this year's KY 55 Yard Sale.

    Lebanon will be one of 17 cities across the state participating in the scenic treasure hunt April 19-22. With close to 50 dining and shopping locations in addition to numerous yard sales, Lebanon's central location on the trail could make it a hub of activity.

  • Police force getting younger

    The Lebanon Police Department is going through a sea change.

    Since early 2011, Shelton Young retired as chief, and his successor, Joe Bell, passed away suddenly last summer. Sgt. Elisa McHolan retired March 1, and two other experienced officers will be retiring soon. Officer John Masterson has announced he is retiring March 28, and Sgt. Mike Luckett is scheduled to retire April 1.

  • Special project for special kids

    Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall is empathetic to students with special needs and their parents.

    After all, he has firsthand experience.

    His 14-year-old son, Logan, has autism and is completely non-verbal.

    "Being a parent is hard enough, but being a parent of a special needs child maximizes that pressure 100-fold," Hall said.

  • Out of his shell

    Ernie Brown Jr. has been the Turtleman around these parts for decades, but that means something a little different today than it did just a few years ago.

    Brown has made a living catching turtles (and other critters), and those skills, along with his personality, have now turned him into a television star.

  • Hair-bourne

    St. Baldrick's had a little bit of Christmas spirit this year.

    Stephen Norris bore a striking resemblance to Santa Claus when he arrived Saturday at St. Augustine Grade School with his white hair and beard. He left much less hairy, but no less merry.

    "I like to make kids smile," Norris said. "And I figure this might bring 'em smiles a little bit."

  • Tornado safety requires preparation

    Kentuckians got a reminder of the devastating power of tornadoes earlier this month when storms tore through the state, and no place was hit worse than West Liberty.

    Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson got to see that devastation up close when he spent 10 days in West Liberty with the Kentucky Baptist Disaster Relief Team recently.

    "This one came over the mountain, started at the hospital and worked its way through town," Johnson said.

  • Former Washington County deputies sentenced to 50 months each

    Two former Washington County sheriff's deputies were sentenced to 50 months in a federal prison on March 7 at the Gene Snyder United States Courthouse in Louisville.

    Norris Wayne Bartley, 44, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, both of Springfield, will serve more than four years in prison, followed by a three-year term of supervised release, according to a press release from the U.S. Attorney's office.

    Both men pled guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.