Local News

  • "I miss mommy"

    "I wish mommy would come home soon."

    Austin Tingle's voice quivers as he sits nervously inside Gravel Switch Baptist Church Sunday evening prior to a special prayer service for his mother. He's wearing her favorite color, purple, and a pin with her photo is fastened to his shirt.

    "I miss mommy," Austin said, his bottom lip trembling.

  • A Knight on their side

    When Melissa Knight's brother, Larry Lee Jr., died after he walked away from a personal care home last year, she didn't want another family to go through that experience. She pushed and pushed and pushed for legislation to change the regulations for personal care homes, and those changes were signed into law earlier this year.

  • Remembering the war dead

    By Nick Schrager, summer intern


    Off of Highway 208 sits a place that honors the dead who have died for a nation and cause that they believed in.

    Upon entering the Lebanon National Cemetery, symmetrical rows of white headstones and posts cut into the ground and top the hills. There is a surreal and calm quietness in the air... a flag gently waves, and a silhouette in the distance mourns.

  • New face in extension office

    The Marion County Cooperative Extension Office has been short-staffed for much of the year, but since July 2, all three extension agent positions have been filled. The county's family and consumer science extension agent is Lizzie Spalding, 23. Spalding was born and raised in Marion County. She grew up on her family's farm in Calvary, where they had a dairy and raised tobacco. She was also involved in 4-H when she was growing up.

    "I went to 4-H camp until I was too old and they said I couldn't do it anymore," Spalding said.

  • Blood drive July 26 in Loretto

    The American Red Cross will be hosting a blood drive from 1 to 6 p.m. Thursday, July 26, at the Loretto Community Center.

    There is a critical need for all blood types at this time.

  • Thunderstorm warning in effect until 5:35 p.m.

    A thunderstorm warning is in effect for Marion County until 5:35 p.m.

    A severe thunderstorm watch remains in effect for Marion County until 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 24.

    The National Weather Service has issued a thunderstorm watch for 67 Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

    A thunderstorm watch is issued when the conditions for a storm are expected. A warning is issued is a storm is present in the area.

  • Springfield man dies in motorcycle wreck

    Jason E. Payne, 39, of Springfield died Saturday as a result of a motorcycle accident.

    The accident occurred at 6:24 p.m., on KY 208 in Calvary, according to Kentucky State Police.

    Payne was traveling east on KY 208 on a 1993 Harley Davidson motorcycle when he crossed the center line and struck a westbound 2009 Chevy operated by Mary L. Beaven, 59, of Lebanon.

    Payne was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County Coroner. He was not wearing a helmet, according to police.

  • Fiscal court to meet July 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the July 5 meeting

    - Presentation on employee disability insurance coverage (AFLAC)

    - Detention center policy revisions

    - Copier purchase proposal

    - Request from Marion County Historical Society for seating removal and storage

    - Second reading of the Maker's Mark bond ordinance

  • No one injured after tractor-trailer turns over Tuesday

    A Russell Springs man is OK after the tractor-trailer he was driving turned over at 4:40 p.m. Tuesday near 1920 Liberty Road (Hwy. 49). Anthony C. Byrd, 41, was driving south July 17 in a 2000 Kenworth pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with wood when the accident happened, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.
    The truck got off the edge of the roadway and the load shifted, causing the truck and trailer to turn over, Clements said.
    No other vehicles were involved and Byrd was not injured, Clements said. Byrd was driving for Lee Transport of Dunnville.

  • Winning by losing

    The Biggest Loser Resort is not your typical resort.

    Very little relaxing takes place there, but there's lots of exercising, learning and, surprisingly, eating - all healthy cuisine, of course.

    Lebanon native Rebecca Peers Schmidt, 35, spent a week at The Biggest Loser Resort Fitness Ridge in Malibu, Calif., in June and, while it was exhausting, she said she would go back in a heartbeat.