Local News

  • Wish granted

    Marion County High School hosted the ninth annual Junior Mister competition Saturday evening and Austin Hatchel won the crown. But, the real winner was Make-A-Wish recipient, 10-year-old Ashley of Edmonton, Ky, who will be leaving for Walt Disney World Resort Saturday. The funds raised by MCHS students, totaling more than $7,000, will help fund her trip. Ashley has been fighting a brave battle against leukemia

  • Stopping smoking, prenatal care should be concerns for pregnant women

    One in four children in Marion County lives in poverty. Three out of every 10 babies are born to mothers who smoked during their pregnancy, and nearly one in 10 children born in the community were considered low weight at birth.
    All of this is according to the 2011 Kids Count report (www.kidscount.org). Each year, the Annie E. Casey Foundation compiles information from a several sources on a variety of issues affecting children across the United States.

  • Memorials to loved ones torn down twice

    Diane Mattingly's life changed in an instant Aug. 28, 2011. As she was leaving Pleasant Run Church with her husband, James "Jim" Mattingly Jr., and her son, James "Jamie" Mattingly III.
    As they were leaving the church - a church Jim had helped purchase and restore - their Dodge Ram left the road and struck a tree. Jim and Jamie died that day.
    While Diane will never forget what happened, she asked Joe Marion Blandford to make two crosses, crosses that she put up at the scene of the accident in January as a memorial for her loved ones.

  • Tourism director touts local treasures

    Nicky Reynolds is Lebanon's new tourism director, but the Tennessee native views the city more like a tourist.
    And she likes what she sees.
    "A lot of times you don't know what treasures you have in your own backyard," Reynolds said at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's monthly luncheon Thursday. "You're sitting on a goldmine."

  • Loretto woman has died in single-vehicle accident

    From The Kentucky Standard

    A fatal accident on Sunday afternoon claimed the life of a Loretto woman and left a Loretto man in critical condition.
    The accident happened at 3:53 p.m. in the 8000 block of Loretto Road in Bardstown. According to a Kentucky State Police report, Clara Rene Donahue, 44, Loretto, was driving her 2002 Dodge Dakota southbound when the vehicle left the roadway and struck a tree. She was pronounced dead at the scene by the Nelson County coroner's office.

  • Tornado watch in effect until 1 a.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 1 a.m. for several counties in central Kentucky, including Marion County.

    A tornado watch means the conditions for a tornado are possible. A tornado warning is issued when a tornado has been spotted or is indicated by weather radar.

    According to the weather service, a large, low-pressure system will move into the Ohio Valley tonight. This system could produce showers, thunderstorms, large hail, strong wind gusts, and lightning.

  • Raywick man found dead, apparent suicide

    William A. Bickett, 56, of 5780 Highway 84 in Raywick was found dead Friday morning from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.

    Clements said he received a call Friday at approximately 10 a.m. from the deceased’s mother, stating that she hadn’t seen her son for several days.

  • Over a barrel

    The Marion County Fiscal Court and Beam Global are at a crossroads. The question is whether they will choose to follow the same path.

    Beam Global has plans to build new warehouses for Maker's Mark, but where those warehouses are built will depend on what incentives communities are willing to offer. Beam Global is seeking a 30-year tax abatement that could mean a difference of tens of millions of dollars.

  • KY 55 Yard Sale registration deadline is April 3

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission wants to make sure Lebanon is the biggest hotspot during this year's KY 55 Yard Sale.

    Lebanon will be one of 17 cities across the state participating in the scenic treasure hunt April 19-22. With close to 50 dining and shopping locations in addition to numerous yard sales, Lebanon's central location on the trail could make it a hub of activity.

  • Police force getting younger

    The Lebanon Police Department is going through a sea change.

    Since early 2011, Shelton Young retired as chief, and his successor, Joe Bell, passed away suddenly last summer. Sgt. Elisa McHolan retired March 1, and two other experienced officers will be retiring soon. Officer John Masterson has announced he is retiring March 28, and Sgt. Mike Luckett is scheduled to retire April 1.