Local News

  • Junior Mister is Saturday at MCHS

    The Marion County High School Beta Club is pleased to present the 5th annual Marion County Junior Mister Pageant this Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Roby Dome.

    This amusing event is held each year to raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. There are 12 young men competing in this year's program who will perform fitness, poise, and talent presentations.

    Tickets will be sold for $5 in advance at MCHS and $7 at the door. All proceeds go to the Make A Wish Foundation. 

  • Easter egg hunt is Saturday at Graham Memorial Park

    The annual Easter egg hunt at Graham Memorial Park will be held this Saturday, March 27, beginning at 10 a.m., at the playground. Children up to age 10 are eligible to participate.  

    For more information, contact the park at (270) 692-9358. 

  • New chief, assistant chief sworn in

    The City of Lebanon has a new chief of police.

    Joseph Bell was sworn in as the chief Saturday afternoon following a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council. Wally Brady was sworn in as the new assistant chief.

    Bell joined the Lebanon Police Department in 1975. In 1979, he completed Department of Criminal Justice training.

  • Budget measure could cost county

    State officials have been vocal about the need for cuts to the state budget to address a projected budget shortfall that could exceed $1 billion over the next biennium.

    But one aspect of those proposed cuts has local officials concerned about the impact it could have on everything from trash collection to mowing of public property in Marion County.

    The Kentucky House of Representatives approved a budget bill (HB 290), which includes more than $30 million in savings through a possible early release program for some state prisoners.

  • It's not too late to sign up for Barkitecture event

    Just Paws is organizing the first-ever Barkitecture event and wants to extend another offer for people to get involved.

    The Barkitecture event is a dog house building contest. All dog houses entered into the contest will be distributed to needy dogs in the community. The winner will receive a canvas tote bag filled with a variety of new tools.

    The dog houses will be on display at the Just Paws booth at the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Farm, Home and Garden show the first weekend in April.

  • Engaging behavior

    Later this month, the U.S. Marine Corps will begin a new approach in the ongoing efforts to win the hearts and minds of the Afghani people, and a Marion County High School graduate will be part of that effort.

    Lance Corporal Beth Walls, 20, is one of approximately 40 people who volunteered to be part of the Marines' first female engagement teams.

    "We're not going to Afghanistan to impose our culture," Walls said. "We're trying to show that we respect them so they'll cooperate with us."

  • Judge betting on county being counted

    In 2000, only 62 percent of Marion County residents returned their Census forms via the mail.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is counting on local residents doing better this time.

    In fact, he's betting on it.

    Last week, Mattingly made a bet with Washington County Judge/Executive John Settles that Marion County will have a higher return rate than Washington County. The losing county judge will purchase dinner for the other county's Complete Count Committee.

  • Tech school scores high on state assessment

    The Marion County Area Technology Center scored an almost perfect score during its most recent school assessment, according to information presented to school board members during their meeting last week.

    The tech center and each of its programs are assessed every two years by a state-appointed team. On a 4-point scale, the tech center received a score of 3.73, and its machine tool program scored a perfect 4, Principal Laura Arnold reported to board members.

  • Teacher recognized for service, skill

    For 43 years, Sheila Mattingly has been a teacher and, like many educational professionals, has been rewarded throughout her career by those little, subtle moments when a student's eyes brighten as a light clicks on inside. However, at a ceremony last week, she received a more tangible form of recognition, this one from her peers.

    Mattingly, a St. Joseph Elementary School teacher in Bardstown, was presented with the Fr.

  • St. Baldrick's is Saturday

    The fourth annual St. Baldrick's event will be held this Saturday, March 20, at St. Augustine Grade School.

    The event will last from 1 to 3 p.m. The head-shaving fund-raiser will benefit the St. Baldrick's Foundation, which raises money toward children's cancer research.

    To date, 48 participants have signed up to have their heads shaved or to shave heads.

    To learn more about the local event, contact Eric Daugherty at (270) 602-2113 or visit the event web page, www.stbaldricks.org/events/mypage/eventid/340/eventyear/2010.