Local News

  • 46 inmates set for early release from MAC, county jail

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed HB 463 into law in March, he praised it as a bipartisan piece of legislation aimed at addressing a problem hurting Kentucky "financially and socially."
    The law has been hailed as a cost-saving measure at a time with the state government is hurting for revenue. State officials have estimated it will save the state $420 million over the next 10 years.

  • E-reader seminar at the library

    Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? Do you need help finding ebooks?
    If so, the Marion County Public Library will be hosting an ebook seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14. The seminar will help you become acquainted with ebooks available for checkout through the library and Kentucky Libraries Unbound.
    Please note, library staff can help with apps and information related to ebook checkout, but they cannot aide with setting up an e-reader.

  • Top stories of 2011

    Lebanon and Marion County market themselves as the "Heart of Kentucky." But, unfortunately, during the past year there has been more heartache in regards to local tourism efforts than ever before. The year of 2011 has also seen its fair share of local tragedies, including the untimely deaths of Lebanon native Larry Lee and Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell.

  • Arrest warrant issued for defendant's mother in murder case

    By Calen McKinney
    Landmark News Service

    An arrest warrant has been issued for a witness in the Tonya Ford murder case.
    Ford was back in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday of last week. The hearing, before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly, lasted 10 minutes. Ford attended, though she didn't stand before Kelly.
    Ford's attorney, Danny Butler of Greensburg, told Kelly that he had subpoenaed a witness, Ford's mother, Linda Williams, to be at the hearing. Court bailiffs called for Williams to appear before the judge, to no avail.

  • No trash pick up on Presidents Day, Feb. 17

    Some Marion County government offices and services will be affected the Presidents Day holiday on Monday, Feb. 17.
    No garbage pick-up will take place Feb. 17. Instead, a double pick-up will take place Tuesday, Feb. 18. As a result, county residents are asked to put their trash out earlier than usual on that day.
    However, the Marion County Clerk's Office, the Circuit Clerk's Office, the PVA Office and Sheriff's Office will be open Monday, Feb. 17.

  • Pope's Creek Road home damaged by fire

    A Marion County family's vacation ended on a sad note when they learned their house had burned while they were away.
    At 1:41 a.m. Dec. 18, firefighters responded to a fire at 5130 Pope's Creek Road in Lebanon. The house belongs to Sarah and Timothy Gribbins.
    Sara said they were in Tennessee when they learned about the fire.
    "It destroyed our basement," Sarah said. "What the fire didn't get, the smoke got."

  • District considers second high school

    Marion County could be the home of two high schools next year.

    Superintendent Chuck Hamilton and the Marion County Board of Education began discussing the possibility of creating an A5 school in time for the 2012-13 school year during a school board meeting Tuesday of last week.

    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.

  • Postal service delaying decision on closings

    The United States Postal Service is postponing its decision about closing branches until May 15, 2012.

    The USPS announced the delay last week. The Bradfordsville Post Office is one of more than 130 branches in Kentucky and more than 3,600 branches across the country that are being considered for possible closure.

    Postal officials announced that several U.S. Senators requested the delay. In the meantime, the USPS will continue its review of the branches being considered for closure.

  • The Turtleman on The Tonight Show... again!

    The Turtleman is scheduled to appear on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno tonight, Wednesday, Dec. 21.

    Other guests scheduled for tonight's show include Thomas Haden Church and musical act Johnny Mathis.

    The Tonight Show is shown at 11:30 p.m. on Wave 3 TV.

  • Repairs needed to old courthouse roof

    The roof of the old Marion County Courthouse has been damaged by severe winds and that has also lead to some water damage, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly reported during the Dec. 15 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.