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Local News

  • MCPS plans for inclement weather

    With the winter months quickly approaching Marion County Public Schools would like to communicate the following protocol regarding the cancellation of school in the event of inclement weather:  

  • Tourist commission to begin interviews for new director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has not had an executive director since Sept. 16, when Carla Abbi (formerly Carla Wagner) resigned from that position.
    During Monday’s commission meeting, Chairman James Spragens said a subcommittee including himself, Nancy Shockency and David Winebrenner Jr. would be interviewing candidates this week.
    The final decision about the next executive director will rest with the full commission, however.

  • City’s Public Works Department named “Service Industry of the Year”

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named the City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department as this year’s “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    During the award presentation, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said that most of the work that the city’s public works employees do on a daily basis is “often unseen and underappreciated.”

  • Maker’s Mark named Industry of the Year

    The Marion County Economic Development Office named Maker’s Mark Distillery Inc. the “Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet Friday in Lebanon.
    Maker’s Mark is currently underway with a two-part expansion construction project in Loretto. The distillery’s $70 million expansion will increase production capacity and add barrel rack houses, nearly doubling its capacity.

  • Lexington ceremony part of nationwide effort to raise awareness about Alzheimer's disease

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    In a downtown Lexington church on Sunday, Mildred Bailey, 72, spoke of her mother's struggles with Alzheimer's disease, which took her life 10 years ago.
    Bailey recalled how her mother once prayed every night for her nine children by name, with specific requests for each, but in her later years she couldn't remember their names.

  • Project seeks faces behind Vietnam wall's names

    By Martha Elson
    The Courier-Journal

    Everette Bailey had written to his family in Georgetown, Ky., describing a vision of Jesus he had while sitting on a mountainside, telling him "not to fear," that he was going home.
    Soon thereafter, military men arrived at his mother's house during a family get-together to tell them he had indeed gone home.
    He had been killed in Vietnam, said Brenda Hillstrand, his niece.

  • Beshear encourages Kentuckians to shop for health insurance on Kynect

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Monday to start shopping for health insurance as soon as this weekend on an improved kynect.ky.gov, the insurance exchange implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Beshear said some Kentuckians might find lower prices by shopping on Kynect during open enrollment, which begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.

  • Men seek to build statue for fallen firefighter

    They grew up together, so news of his death was especially hard.
    In the 1990s, Brad Shofner and his twin brother, Chad, began volunteering at then Campbellsville/Taylor County Rescue. One of the first people they met when setting foot inside the department was Tony Grider.
    "I was on that department roughly 18 years," Brad said. "We grew up there. That was all we knew."
    Brad said he remembers the day he met Grider, seeing him standing on the apparatus floor.

  • A fireman’s fireman

    Ricky Mattingly has been a firefighter for 41 years. He’s been the Lebanon fire chief for 31 years.
    And as of last month, he is a hall of famer.
    On Oct. 23, Mattingly was inducted into the Dixie Firefighter Association Hall of Fame.
    "He's one of those kind of guys who would rather be pretty modest about it,” said Trey Abell, who is a member of the Lebanon Fire Department and a firefighter in Lexington. "He likes to think it’s not a big deal."

  • Mattingly resigns as school board attorney

    Joe Mattingly resigned as the attorney for the Marion County Board of Education last week after one of his employees was elected to the board.
    Kaelin Reed, who works at the Mattingly and Nally-Martin law firm, was elected as the District 2 board member during the Nov. 4 election. Reed previously resigned from his position as assistant county attorney on Oct. 31, noting in his resignation letter that he was prohibited from being the assistant county attorney as a school board candidate.