Local News

  • Siblings battle rare disease

    Two courageous children of Lebanon are battling a rare, lifelong disease that has left them in the hospital for months on end, yet when you meet them, you can’t help but fall in love with them and their energy.

  • Outstanding educator

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Awards winners.

    In her 28th year of teaching, most people would expect Laurie Followell to retire soon. 

    But, she’s not ready.

    Followell, 50, said she still really enjoys going to work every day.

  • Marion County teens learn dangers of social media

    Did you know that messages exchanged on the popular app “Snapchat” aren’t permanently deleted?

    That fact alone captured the attention of students at Marion County Knight Academy last week during a special assembly about social media.

    Speaker Scott Harvey, who travels the country speaking with young adults about personal responsibility, shared examples of social media exchanges gone wrong, including video examples of cyber bullying, social media misuse and more. 

  • 2018 Primary Election snapshot

    The following candidates have filed to run for office in the May Primary.


    U.S. Representative District 1

      James R. Comer (R) Incumbent

      Paul Walker (D)

      Alonzo Pennington (D)


    State Sen. 14th Senatorial District

      Jimmy Higdon (R) (Incumbent)

  • Blood shortage reaches critical level

    Ongoing severe winter weather has more than doubled the number of canceled American Red Cross blood drives and the resulting blood and platelet donation shortfall since earlier this month. The Red Cross now considers the situation critical and is reissuing an urgent call for blood and platelet donors. 

  • Sold: SCC purchase approved

    Less than two years after it closed, St. Catharine College may have a new owner, and plans are in place for it to be turned into another higher learning facility.

    According to a document filed in federal court, no additional qualifying bids were received prior to Jan. 26, making the Runchero Corporation of Shelbyville the highest bidder.

    A sale hearing was held Monday morning, and it was ordered that parties should submit a revised sale order on or before Feb. 6 after press time.

  • Kentucky Classic Arts upcoming events

    Frozen Tea Party

    “Frozen” fever returns to Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square on Saturday, Feb. 17. Celebrate the last few weeks of winter at the annual Frozen Tea Party. Experience high tea, games and activities, sing-a-long fun and photos with the royal sisters Anna and Elsa of Arendelle, and their friends Kristoff and Olaf. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The festivities begin at 4 p.m. at 237 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. For ticket information, visit www.kyclassicarts.com.  

  • Community mourns loss of legendary coach, teacher

    In his 41 years of coaching and 34 years of teaching, David Ferriell touched the lives of countless basketball players, students, colleagues and friends in Marion County and beyond.
    “Where does one start with how kind and inspirational this man was,” wrote Melissa Gribbins-Cox on Facebook Saturday evening.

  • Completion of Lebanon City Hall delayed

    The newly constructed Lebanon City Hall building was expected to be complete by Feb. 4, but due to a plumbing issue, the completion date has been pushed back approximately two to three weeks. 

  • And the winners are…

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Centre Square in Lebanon. Awards were presented in the following categories: Outstanding Farmer, Healthcare Provider, Educator, Industry Person and Citizen. The Lebanon Main Street Committee also presented a Downtown Beautification Award. Award winners are as follows:

    • Educator - Laurie Followell

    • Industry Person – Donnie Brockman (Plastic Products Company)