Local News

  • County, city combine resources to save Career Center

    After the state’s unexpected announcement that it would be closing 31 Career Centers, including Marion County’s, local government officials began scrambling to save the center.
    Last week, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the City of Lebanon agreed to partner their resources and each pay $30,000 to keep one of the center’s current full-time employees on staff. The employee’s total salary will be $40,000 plus benefits, according to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty.

  • Kentucky House passes measure to protect young bicyclists

    Last week, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill to create a safety measure aimed at protecting bicyclists under the age of 12 by requiring the use of helmets. The measure was championed by Rep. Regina Bunch, R-Williamsburg.
    “Many serious bicycling injuries suffered by young Kentuckians are preventable, particularly head injuries,” said Rep. Bunch. “When kids wear helmets, it can literally save a life. I want Kentucky kids to have a lifetime of health, and this bill is an effort toward that goal.”

  • MCPS one step closer to extreme makeover

    Local parents and educators expressed their opinions about the proposed plan to reconfigure the county’s two middle schools and high school during the first District Facilities Plan Public Forum last week. And while some people are still very much opposed to the idea, the Local Facilities Plan Committee unanimously voted in favor of the plan, which has been submitted to the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • Marion County among “Gold” counties in statewide campaign for organ donation

    Marion County Circuit Court Clerk’s office earned Gold status in the 2016 Legends Campaign by going the extra mile to support the lifesaving mission of organ donation.

  • More than 300 lives saved through Kentucky organ donation in 2016

    “As we sat beside my 5-month-old son’s hospital bed, we begged God for a miracle.”
    Smith had been fighting 24 hours for his life but, really, he had fought since birth. Smith was born with a rare liver disease called Biliary Atresia. The bile ducts in his liver were not formed correctly. Bile was trapped and quickly caused cirrhosis to his liver,” explains Smith Webster’s mom, Holly from Jefferson County.

  • Loretto receives funds for Hamilton Park improvements

    The City of Loretto will be receiving a Land and Water Conservation Fund grant totaling $21,065 to make improvements to Hamilton Park. These grants assist in maintaining and developing Kentucky’s state parks and park facilities. LCWF is funded by the National Park Service and is administered by the Department for Local Government.


  • Black history celebration is Feb. 26

    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council and the Lebanon branch of the NAACP would like to invite the community to a black heritage celebration at 3 p.m., this Sunday, at Centre Square in Lebanon. The guest speaker will be Dr. Monica Unseld, (former professor at St. Catherine College). Music will be provided by First Baptist Church of Campbellsville and Sherman Chapel AME Zion Church of Lebanon. Light refreshments will be provided. For more information, contact Jerry Evans, 270-692-5579.

  • Local Workforce Board plans to continue services in Lebanon

    The Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board (LTWDB) has drafted a tentative plan to assure services for job seekers and employers remain accessible in Lebanon at the current Workshop Lane Career Center location.
    The plan calls for a workforce professional with the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to provide job seeker and employer services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

  • Changes could be on horizon for MCPS

    Marion County Public Schools could be undergoing some significant changes in the near future, and the first steps in exploring the school district’s options were taken last week. The Local Facilities Plan Committee had the first of several scheduled meetings to discuss not only the school district’s facilities, but also the way the district is organized.

  • Farming a family affair

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

    Farming has truly been a way of life for Mark and Debbie Mattingly.
    They were both raised on dairy farms just a few miles from each other right outside the city limits of Lebanon.
    From atop a hill on Mark’s family’s farm on Toad Mattingly Road you can see the farm where Debbie was raised on Cowherd Lane.
    “We practically grew up together,” Debbie said.