Local News

  • Jail, prison residents will count toward local population

    As federal officials gear up for the 2010 Census, a few people are questioning how the census counts inmates and prisoners.

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said he tries to keep the daily count at the Marion County Detention Center around 290. The center is a 297-bed facility that house local, state and federal detainees and prisoners.

    Arvil Chapman, the warden at Marion Adjustment Center, said the average population at MAC is approximately 815 prisoners.

  • Education is the key, black history speaker says

    Charlene Hampton Holloway was arrested when she was 13 years old.

    She was arrested for participating in a march in downtown Louisville in 1961. The march was intended to raise awareness about businesses that discriminated against African-Americans.

    "I wasn't afraid," Holloway said. "I felt like they would release me to my parents or my grandparents."

    After her first arrest, she was taken to jail, but that didn't discourage her and others from continuing to march. The second time, she was taken to a children's center.

  • Local legislators like having lobbyists' input

    Jimmy Higdon admits that he did not have a good impression of lobbyists before he was elected as a state representative in 2002. Today, Higdon is still part of the General Assembly as a state senator, but he has a more favorable impression of what lobbyists do.

    "Generally, when you say lobbyist, most people will think negatively," he said. "That's what I thought until I came to Frankfort and got into the process."

  • Black History Celebration Feb. 28

    The Marion County chapter of the NAACP will host its annual Black History Celebration at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, at Centre Square. This year's event will include guest speakers Charlene Hampton and Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith.

    Hampton is a member of St. Stephen Church in Louisville. She is the author of the book "Whitlock's Composition."

    Smith is in his first year as the superintendent of Marion County Public Schools. He is the first African-American male appointed as a superintendent in Kentucky.

  • Road to success?

    When the Lebanon bypass opened in July of 2008, it was expected to put Marion County in the fast lane toward progress.

    The new road was intended to give commuters better access to the county and alleviate traffic congestion in downtown. It was also expected that new stores and businesses would locate along the bypass.

  • Tornado warning test planned for Tuesday

    Tuesday, March 2, the National Weather Service will be conducting a statewide tornado drill at 10:07 a.m.

    This is a test, but the test will be conducted using the live code "TOR", the same code used during an actual tornado warning. The National Weather Service will specify that Tuesday morning's drill is only a test, but TV crawls will display a "Tornado Warning" message.

    Using the live code is necessary because that is the only way the weather alerting equipment will function properly.

  • One fatality reported in plane crash near airport

    Kentucky State Police and Federal Aviation Administration officials are investigating a single-engine plane crash near Ky. 55 and the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    The police have confirmed that one person died in the crash. The lone occupant has been identified as 40-year-old Kent Douglas Shilling of Springfield. The cause of death will be determined at an autopsy scheduled for Wednesday morning at the State Medical Examiner’s office in Louisville.   

    The time of the crash has not been determined.

  • MCHS Academic Team successfully defends 5th Region title

    The Marion County High School Academic Team competed in the KAAC Governor's Cup Academic Competition hosted at Marion County High School on Feb. 18-20 and came away with their second regional title in as many years. Led by seniors Grant Avritt, Patrick Cox, Kurt Dulmage, Joseph Lucas, and Hannah O'Daniel, the Knights outdistanced 15 other Fifth Region schools by winning four of the six written assessment events and capturing first place in the eight-team Quick Recall tournament. Patrick Cox took top honors in mathematics and arts/humanities.

  • AG's office call for changes on topix.com

    Topix.com provides a message board that allows anyone to post comments on local and national issues. But that same message board has also been the source of controversy because some users post defamatory and derogatory comments about others in those forums.

    Now, the Kentucky Attorney General's Office and the Connecticut Attorney General's Office are pushing for topix.com to make changes.

  • First load of donations delivered to Haiti

    A total of 110,000 pounds of peanut butter, rice, beans, canned goods, T-shirts, sheets and shoes were collected locally for the people of Haiti. Thursday, the first shipment of those donations was delivered to the poverty-stricken country that suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12.

    According to Brother Bud Owen, who has been leading the local relief effort, the next load of local donations will be sent to Haiti in approximately 28 days. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Bro.