Local News

  • MCHS ACT scores hold steady

    The class of 2010 at Marion County High School matched the class of 2009 on the ACT. Both classes received an average score of 18.7.

    Marion County High School Principal Taylora Schlosser said she knows some people might be concerned that the scores stayed the same, but she was pleased with the results.

    She said local educators have been working with the class of 2010 for three years to get them caught up.

  • InBrief

    MAC, MCDC respond to help Northpoint disturbance

    Marion Adjustment Center and the Marion County Detention Center both assisted during the riots at Northpoint Training Center correctional facility in Mercer County.

    Brad Adams, the quality assurance manager at MAC, said the prison was willing to assist with the transportation and housing of inmates, although for security reasons, he could not provide specifics about how many, if any, inmates would be housed at MAC.

  • Lebanon man indicted for rape

    Henry Rodney Beatty Jr., 32, of 222 Cleaver Court in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Monday of last week on five counts of second-degree rape.

    According to the indictment, on at least five occasions on or about Nov. 25, 2008, and continuing through April of 2009, Beatty engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was younger than 14 years old.

    His bond was set at $60,000, and he was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

  • Gospel music coming to Centre Square Saturday

    Norma McClarnon is a fan of southern gospel music, and she's hopeful the music will become the foundation for a new annual event in Marion County.

    "I want people to enjoy it," she said. "That's the main thing."

    McClarnon said she spoke with Chris Hamilton, the Lebanon tourism director, and he encouraged her to organize the first Heart of Kentucky Christian Music Festival. She added that the Lebanon Tourism and Convention Commission is also sponsoring the event.

  • Honor worthy

    "There will never be another war like World War II," said Clyde Cecil, a U.S. Army veteran of that conflict.

    "That's what they said about World War I," replied Ben Browning, a U.S. Navy veteran.

    "No, they said that was the war to end all wars," Cecil said.

  • Ham Days grand marshal and honorary grand marshals announced

    Coyote Calhoun, this year's grand marshal for the Spring View Hospital Pigasus Parade, has been rockin' for 40 years since his dad, who was the general manager of KBIX in Muskogee, Okla., put him on the air working 7 a.m. to midnight at the age of 15. He's been rockin' ever since.

    Coyote Calhoun started his radio career in 1969, and later was a top 40 jock that achieved early success. He then moved on to the country music scene and joined WAMZ in Louisville in 1980, and has received dozens of national awards, including being inducted into the Country Music D. J.

  • Sunday sales second reading approved by fiscal court

    Sunday alcohol sales have been approved in Marion County.

    Aug. 20, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-1 to approve the second reading of an ordinance that would allow alcohol sales on Sunday and expand sales hours throughout the week.

    Dry precincts, those that previously voted to prohibit alcohol sales, will remain dry even with the passage of the ordinance.

  • MAC inmate has been recaptured

    Inmate Thomas Manning walked away from Marion Adjustment Center Sunday. He has been recaptured in Bullitt County.

    Brad Adams of MAC said the prison was notified that Manning was recaptured by the Kentucky State Police.

    Manning, 27, was serving a 15-year sentence for first-degree burglary, third degree burglary, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, and tampering with physical evidence, all out of Louisville.  His parole board date was May 7, 2010.

  • Send in your memories

    Lebanon High School comes back to life in a different light

    Last week, the City of Lebanon and the community at-large celebrated the grand opening of the cultural and performing arts center at Centre Square.

  • Growing pains

    Marion County Public Schools are busting at the seams with more than 3,200 students this year, and while that is a positive sign for the district, it's making things a tad bit complicated for school administrators who are trying to find room for everyone.

    For the first time ever, Lebanon Elementary School will exceed 400 students, and as a result, Principal Donna Royse was forced to ask the Board of Education for another kindergarten teacher last week. Her request was granted and the school will now begin taking steps to create a fourth kindergarten classroom.