Local News

  • Citizens concerned about road to Maker’s Mark

    A new road has been constructed off of Hwy. 52 to Maker’s Mark Distillery.
    The Marion County Fiscal Court held a public hearing April 2 to consider removing part of the current road to the distillery from the county system and adding the new one.
    A handful of residents in that area — Billy Nally, Doug Cambron, and Jamie and Dawn Yates — expressed concerns about the impact of closing a portion of the current road and about potential dangers of opening the new one.

  • Coming home

    A Loretto man is one of 22 people granted clemency by President Barack Obama on March 31.
    Darrell Hayden, 64, was serving a life sentence on charges of conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute marijuana and manufacturing marijuana plants. As a result of the President’s decision, Hayden is scheduled to be released July 28.

  • Lebanon man indicted for assault at fairgrounds

    Calob S. Cox, 19, of 379 Linda Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree robbery in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about Feb. 3, Cox used or threatened the immediate use of physical force upon another with intent to accomplish a theft and he was armed with a deadly instrument; threatened the immediate use of a dangerous instrument upon a person who was not a participant in the crime; or aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act.

  • Louisville Slugger sold, workforce cut

    By Grace Schneider

    Hillerich and Bradsby, the 131-year-old homegrown Louisville company, announced March 23 that it's selling its iconic Louisville Slugger brand to Wilson Sporting Goods, cutting 52 employees or a fifth of its workforce.
    Under the $70 million cash deal due to close in June, Wilson would acquire global brand, sales and innovation rights to Louisville Slugger, pending H&B shareholder approval.

  • Dashcam video leads to lawsuit

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    A Hodgenville woman has filed a civil suit against city officials, alleging they caused her “great humiliation, embarrassment, mental anguish, mental and emotional pain and suffering, and damage to her reputation and character.”
    DeeAnne Sanders is seeking damages against the City of Hodgenville, Steven R. Johnson and unknown defendants.

  • Littering is lame: Jailer hopes to start a countywide road clean up challenge

    It’s not uncommon to see inmates from the Marion County Detention Center picking up litter along the roadsides, but some people might have thought they were seeing things last week when they saw Jailer Barry Brady picking up trash in the St. Joe area.
    Brady and his wife, Lisa, picked up 11 bags of trash along just one mile of county road in St. Joe on March 31. And, he’s challenged his 54-member staff at the jail to do the same as a part of the “Marion County Detention Center employee road clean up challenge.”

  • Local cancer survivor to participate in Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade

    Ackie George partied in the infield at the Kentucky Derby during her “younger days,” but she’s never been to the Kentucky Oaks.
    This year, she’ll not only attend the Kentucky Oaks on May 1, she’ll also join 140 breast and ovarian cancer survivors as they march around Churchill Downs’ historic racetrack during the Survivors Parade.

  • Three Republicans seek to be next state treasurer

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    In March, 13 state office seekers attended the LaRue County Republican Party’s chili supper.
    Jon Larson (R-Lexington) was unique among the candidates. He wants to abolish the office he is running for.
    Larson said the state treasurer office is an “insignificant overpaid job with no real power.”

  • Marion County schools are closing at 1 p.m. today

    Marion County Public Schools are dismissing at 1 p.m. today, April 3.

    The schools are dismissing early because of the incoming weather this afternoon.

  • Tornado watch in effect until midnight

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch Friday, April 3, and that watch remains in effect until midnight.

    According to the weather service, strong thunderstorms with dangerous lightning, heavy rain, penny-sized hail and winds up to 40 miles per hour are possible.

    A tornado watch is issued when the conditions for a tornado may become possible. A warning is issued if a tornado is spotted in an area or indicated by radar.

    A flash flood watch remains in effect until 8 p.m. Friday, April 3, for Central Kentucky, including Marion County.