Local News

  • Inmate dies at MCDC Monday morning

    A 34-year-old inmate was found dead in the shower at the Marion County Detention Center early Monday morning, Sept. 19.


    It wouldn’t be Marion County Country Ham Days without the annual City of Lebanon Treasure Hunt.

    Clue No. 1, Monday, Sept. 19: Marion County Country Ham Days always includes a hunt for treasure. Knowing about our city's past could help you find the prize very fast.

    Clue No. 2, Tuesday, Sept. 20: When they first arrived at this location, many people came to look. Some were excited to see, but others wanted to flee.

  • Board approves lower tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved lowering the county’s property tax rate last week.
    But, don’t be confused.
    The recallable nickel will still be on the ballot in November.
    What the board did last week was set its tax rate for fiscal year 2016, which it must do annually. That rate will ultimately change after the election and the results of the recallable nickel vote on Nov. 8.

  • Pieces of the puzzle

    The room is filled with bright colors from floor to ceiling. There are stations for children to play with blocks, entertain themselves at the computer or even jump onto beanbag chairs if they want. The ceiling is ablaze with streamers and hot air balloons made out of paper. For a child, it seems like a wonderland. For parents, it’s a place of safety and comfort.
    It has been a year since Lisa Nally-Martin announced the opening of the Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc. Autism Center in Lebanon, and the outcome has exceeded her expectations.

  • The jailhouse lawyer

    Times were uncertain in Marion County during the days of The Cornbread Mafia. There were different sides to take. Mysteries were created and money grew as quickly as the pot plants it bought. But Joe Keith Bickett aims to inform the public on how things really were in his new book, The Origins of the Cornbread Mafia: A Memoir of Sorts.

  • ‘Bad guys don’t stop at the county line’

    Law enforcement officials are trained to back each other up at a moment’s notice, and that sense of teamwork will take on a whole new meaning for Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements and his deputies now that they have joined the Bluegrass and Central Kentucky Unified Police Protection System (BACKUPPS).
    This program will allow deputies and police officers to cross into other jurisdictions in which the agreement is in place.

  • Blood donation

    Upcoming blood donation opportunities
    3 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
    Sept. 28
    Lebanon Elementary School
    420 West Main St.

  • The Great Outhouse Blowout is Sept. 17

    This year marks the 25th anniversary of the first "Great Outhouse Blowout" event ~ the dedication of Penn's Privy, which brought international attention to Penn's Store. All major television networks at the time, ABC, CBS, NBC highlighted the event and CNN broadcast segments worldwide. The late world renowned guitarist, Chet Atkins, and Country Music Hall of Fame inductee, Billy Edd Wheeler headlined the dedication ceremonies.

  • Marion County Country Ham Days Festival

    “Paint The Pig” – on canvas, that is.
    The Marion County Arts and Humanities Council is inviting all artists for a fun competition for this year’s Marion County Country Ham Days Festival. And a homemade pie from Henning’s Restaurant will go to the winner “for pigging out.”

  • Parents say former teacher slept with their sons

    The Kentucky Standard

    Parents of three Bardstown High School students have been in contact with the school about their children alleging a former female substitute teacher had a sexual relationship with their children.
    Stephanie Walls, the parent of one of the alleged victims, said an official from Bardstown High School contacted her a few weeks ago about an allegation that a female substitute teacher had sex with her son over the summer.
    Walls said she asked her son about the incident and he admitted to it.