Local News

  • Spalding places in top 10 at Kentucky Junior Miss

    Suzanne Spalding, the 2009 Marion County Junior Miss, placed in the top 10 in the Kentucky Junior Miss competition this past weekend.

    She also won a talent award for her vocal performance of "Cowboy Sweetheart." In addition, Spalding was awarded the Friendship Association Award.

    Michelle Rogers of Clark County was named Kentucky Junior Miss. 

  • Historical society brings first draft agreement to city council

    Dale Royse returned to the Lebanon City Council Monday evening with new information regarding the Marion County history museum planned for the third floor of the former Lebanon High School building.

    Royse is the president of the Marion County Historical Society. He presented the city council with a copy of a resolution approved by the Marion County Fiscal Court, a draft agreement between the city and the historical society and news of a decision by the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission earlier in the day.

  • $20,000 worth of copper stolen from Wilbert Plastics

    On Tuesday, Jan. 6, Wilbert Plastics Service of 655 Industrial Drive reported the theft of 100 pounds of copper inserts worth an estimated $20,000. Lebanon Police Officer Mike Luckett is working on the case.   No further information was known about the case as of press time. 

  • Double time

    One minute Ashley King is doing push-ups after her team scores and waving her pom-poms. The next minute she's entertaining the masses with her trumpet playing and marching in synch with dozens of other students.

    Ashley King isn't your typical cheerleader. She's not your typical band member either. The Marion County High School junior bucks the trend in this small community by doing both.

    While most students either stick to or are limited to one major extracurricular activity, King manages to do both.

  • Lebanon man accused of rape

    David R. Clarkson Jr., 19, of 470 Bell Hollow Road in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree rape in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 11, Clarkson engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.

    His bond was set at $100,000 with a condition that he have no contact with the victim.

  • Lebanon man gets probation on structuring charges

    A local vending service owner will receive two years of probation and six months of home detention after pleading guilty to charges of structuring and attempting to structure. In addition, Donald Hafley will forfeit $285,175.59 and amend tax returns from 2005-2007 in cooperation with the Internal Revenue Service.

    The charges against Hafley, 52, of 1719 Bradfordsville Road in Lebanon, stemmed from bank transactions he made in January of 2007. Hafley is the owner of Don's Vending Service.

  • UPDATE: MLK weekend activities

    Each year, the United States sets aside a day in recognition of the contribution Martin Luther King Jr. made to this country as a civil rights leader.

    In Marion County, the United Concerned Citizens Organization has planned a series of activities to commemorate King's legacy.

    "We'd like to welcome the community to join together," Maria Bell of the UCCO said.

    Bell added that King's civil rights work helped Americans, regardless of race, gender or disability.

  • E911 discussion scheduled for Thursday

    A meeting on E-911 has been scheduled for 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, in the Marion County Public Library Conference Room. Marion County Judge-Executive John G. Mattingly noted that community stakeholders and representatives of the Commercial Mobile Radio Service, Lincoln Trail Area Development District and Windstream will participate in the meeting. The meeting will provide an update on the county's progress toward implementing E-911.


  • Good Thing Going

    "Y'all make some noise," Ricky Stroud said as he and the rest of the Hager's Mountain Boys took the stage at Marion County High School Saturday evening, "and we'll try to make some, too."

    The noise from the crowd was applause and cheers of appreciation. The noise from the Boys was bluegrass music.

    This was the second year the Hager's Mountain Boys have performed at the Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff, and both the band and Brad Lanham said they hope it won't be the last time.

  • Gravel Switch man gets five years for non-support, marijuana charges

    Stephen D. Lanham, 40, of 3035 Tatum Lane in Gravel Switch was sentenced to five years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for flagrant non-support (three counts) and cultivation of marijuana over five plants. He was ordered to remain current on his child support payment and to pay arrears on child support owed ($2,054) within one year after his release from prison. He received credit for 35 days served.   In other circuit court matters:

    • Brandon K.