Local News

  • Tourist commission gives preliminary approval to budget

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission voted unanimously in favor of a preliminary budget proposal during its meeting Monday afternoon at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The commission proposed a few revisions to the budget presented by Nicky Reynolds, the tourism director. The amended budget showed $607,975 in projected revenue in the 2012-13 fiscal year, an increase over the $584,732 in revenue anticipated for the current fiscal year.

  • Economic impact of tourism exceeded $19.5 million in 2011

    Tourism may have been a source of drama within the community in 2011, but it's effect on the local economy continues to grow.

    The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet recently released the economic impact figures for 2011, and total economic impact of tourism on Marion County was nearly $19.57 million last year.

    That was a 3 percent increase over 2010's economic impact of $18.98 million.

  • Minority parent representative needed for high school council

    Marion County High School recently held elections for its site-based decision making council. Dot Caldwell and Lisa Spalding were elected as parent representatives for 2012-13.
    However, since more than 8 percent of the MCHS has a student population are minority students, the council must have a minority parent representative.
    Any parent who would like to run for this position should contact MCHS Principal Stacey Hall by the end of today, May 9.
    The election will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the high school.

  • Brandon Stone: After a year, family holds out hope

    By Jennifer Corbett

    LCNI News Service

    On the one-year anniversary of his death, Brandon Stone's friends and family released 22 balloons into the sky - each symbolizing one year of his life.

    Some of the balloons had personalized messages written on them, others were a simple way to remember a fallen son, brother, cousin and friend.

  • Arts and Humanities Council plans summer camp

    Making music, dancing and sculpting wire animals are a few of the programs being offered at this year's arts camp, sponsored by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council, in cooperation with the Marion County Extension Office and Marion County Family Resource Centers.

    The camp will be held July 16 to July 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Marion County Extension office. Lunch is included. The camp is open to students in grades 3 to 8 (as of fall 2012). And the cost is $10.

  • Girl Scouts to celebrate 100 years

    Saturday, March 12, will mark the 100th year of Girl Scouts in the United States.

    Marion County's Girl Scouts will be celebrating next weekend with a birthday party Sunday, May 20, at Graham Memorial Park.

    In 2011, Marion County had 14 troops and more than 120 girls participating in Girl Scouts. Today, there are 3.2 million Girl Scouts - 2.3 million girl members and 890,000 adult members working primarily as volunteers.

  • Marion County's Got Talent

    Marion County residents will soon have the opportunity to audition for a chance to showcase their skills in the inaugural "Marion County's Got Talent" set for Saturday, June 2. Singers, dancers, jugglers, musicians, comedians, ventriloquists, magicians, and others with a unique talent they want to share are all invited to audition. The competition is being hosted by Kentucky Classic Arts (KCA) and Marion County 4-H.

  • Two teens killed in Taylor County collision

    Justin Atwood, 19, and Jade M. Sullivan, 17, both of Campbellsville, were killed Saturday, May 5, during a head-on collision.

    The accident occurred at approximately 7:08  p.m., on US 68,  one-mile east of Campbellsville, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Cornbread Craze

    A truck, loaded with books about a criminal syndicate, is stolen... it seems almost poetic, doesn't it?

    Or, a darn good publicity stunt, perhaps?

    No matter how farfetched it might sound, it's exactly what happened Saturday, April 28, at a truck yard in Elgin, Ill.

    A trailer, carrying 1,672 copies of Cornbread Mafia written by Jim Higdon III, was stolen.

  • Extension agent moving to Woodford County

    For at least a few weeks, Marion County will be down to one extension agent.

    May 1 was Elizabeth Creed's last day as the Marion County extension agent for family and consumer sciences. She has accepted the same position in Woodford County, but she said her time in Marion County has benefited her career.

    "I've learned a lot," Creed said. "Being in this type of position, you learn all you can in school and in training, but 90 percent of what you learn is on the job."