Local News

  • Their new norm

    Dec. 6, 2016 was intended to be a day of Christmas shopping for Martha Ann Mattingly. She had no way of knowing that it would become one of the most frightening days of her family’s life.

  • Superintendent exceeding school board’s expectations

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser continues to do an “exemplary” job, according to the members of the Marion County Board of Education who conducted Schlosser’s performance evaluation on June 14.
    After meeting in closed session for more than two hours, the board (minus Board Member Peggy Downs who was not in attendance due to her mother’s passing) reconvened in open session and Board Chairman Butch Cecil read the board’s summative evaluation statement out loud.

  • MCPS providing free books through literacy campaigns

    Through the use of three separate summer literacy programs, Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and Marion County Public Schools are trying to ensure that children throughout Marion County have ample access to reading material during the summer months.
    Young people in the county have already started receiving free books from the school district and will see more in the near future through three programs: the Dolly Parton Imagination Library, Scholastic’s My Books Summer program, and a preschool summer readiness program.

  • Lebanon man sentenced to 15 years in prison

    Charles Lewis Gaddie, 36, of Lebanon pleaded guilty in Marion Circuit Court recently to amended charges of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (meth) and two counts of first-degree possession of a controlled substance. He was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

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  • Deliver a message of hope with a duffle bag

    Nearly 8,000 children are in the state foster care system on a given day in Kentucky. On average, children in out–of-home care will move three times during their time in foster care. Many of these children will move a lot more than three times while in out-of-home care – some children have moved more than 10 times. When these children are moved within the foster care system, they have nowhere to put their clothes or the few belongings they are taking with them. Their clothes and belongings are placed in garbage bags.   

  • Lebanon home damaged by fire

    A home located at 345 North Harrison Street in Lebanon was damaged extensively by fire early Tuesday morning, June 6.
    At 6:08 a.m., firefighters responded to the home, which is owned by Marvin Gardner, and being rented by Henry McElroy, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.
    The cause of the fire is believed to be a lamp that didn’t have a shade on it, which was sitting beside window curtains and a chair. Chief Mattingly said the home received fire and heavy smoke damage. Firefighters cleared the scene at 7:20 a.m.


  • Tatum indicted on trafficking, firearm charges

    Samuel Lance Tatum, 38, of 2499 Horan Lane in Springfield was indicted in four separate indictments for drug trafficking and several other offenses in Marion Circuit Court on June 5.
    According to the first indictment, on or about Jan. 16, 2017, Tatum knowingly and unlawfully trafficked in meth. The indictment also states that Tatum was over the age of 21 and stood convicted of at least one felony after his 18th birthday. Bond was set at $15,000.

  • Lebanon man convicted in Campbellsville murder

    By Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    A Lebanon man was convicted last week in a murder case that took place more than a year ago.
    At a jury trial on June 5-7, William Calhoun was sentenced to 20 years for wanton murder, 10 years for first-degree assault and one year each for two of the three wanton endangerment charges, with the recommendation that they all run concurrently. The third count was dismissed during the trial.

  • Relay for Life is changing, mission remains the same

    The face of Relay for Life in Marion and Washington counties is changing in a big way this year, but the motivation behind the event remains the same: to raise money for cancer research to possibly find a cure.
    For the past 20 years, local Relay for Life events have been very much the same thing year in and year out. And, as a result, fewer people were attending.

  • MCPS not slowing down this summer

    Where children will be going to school on Aug. 9, how they will be getting there and what classes they will be taking continue to be primary topics of discussion at the Marion County Board of Education meetings.