Local News

  • New Year’s baby

    Marion County’s first baby of 2016 was born at 12:24 a.m., Jan. 3, at Spring View Hospital. Zhao Fei Lin entered the world weighing six pounds and 6.4 ounces. Pictured with him is his mother, Hong ying Lin, and father, Kun ming Lin. This is their fourth child. Their family resides in Lebanon and they are also the owners of China King in Lebanon.

  • The Polar Express in Raywick

    On Dec. 19, the Polar Express visited the Raywick City Park. Children and adults were able to ride the Polar Express, create a craft, visit with Santa, enjoy the decorated park and snack on cookies and hot cocoa.

  • Talking trash

    Picking up garbage can be a messy business.
    And so can collecting delinquent trash bills.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty is learning just how messy it can be as he and his staff are beginning to dig into the county’s long list of delinquent garbage accounts.
    “I did not have a clue how bad it truly was,” Daugherty said. “We’re going to work through it. But, it’s frustrating.”

  • Lebanon teen recovering from hypothermia after car wreck

    Austin Tungate, 17, of Lebanon is at home recovering from hypothermia and counting his blessings after experiencing what had to be eight of the most frightening hours of his life this past weekend.
    Tungate was reported missing at 4:31 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 10, by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office after family reported that they hadn’t spoken to Tungate since 11:45 p.m. on Jan. 9.

  • Water tower mural a work in progress

    Mother Nature put a snag in the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission’s plans for a mural to be painted on the City of Lebanon’s water tower. The unusually wet December we experienced has caused a delay in the project, but it’s still in the works, according to Nena Olivier, executive director of the tourism commission.

  • MCHS Band Director arrested, charged with video voyeurism and unlawful transaction with a minor

    Curtis Bennett, a teacher and band director at Marion County High School, was arrested Wednesday, Jan. 6, by Marion County Sheriff Deputies and charged with video voyeurism and third-degree unlawful transaction with a minor.
    Bennett, 33, of Buffalo was released from the Marion County Detention Center at 11:29 a.m., Thursday, Jan. 7, on a $10,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned in Marion District Court on Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  • Fiscal court to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 7.

  • Cheers to 200 years - City of Lebanon hosts New Year’s Eve Bicentennial Ball

    The City of Lebanon ended its Bicentennial with a bang during the New Year’s Eve Bicentennial Ball on Dec. 31. The black tie/formal affair was held at Centre Square in Lebanon. The Super T Band, featuring Tyrone “Super T” Smith, performed.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March is Jan. 17

    Marion County’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 17.
    The procession will begin at the Lebanon Post Office on Main Street and will proceed down Main Street, turning right on Depot Street to M.L. King Avenue and returning to the Lebanon Post Office. All citizens in Marion County are encouraged to participate. The march will be sponsored by The United Concerned Citizens Organization, Inc. For more information, contact Maria A. Bell, 270-321-0426.


  • Grandparents granted visitation of Crystal Rogers’ son

    By The Kentucky Standard

    After nearly six months of waiting, Tommy and Sherry Ballard were granted visitation of their grandson, Eli.
    The grandparents have been fighting to see the toddler since July, after his mother and the Ballard’s daughter, Crystal Rogers, was reported missing.
    Eli’s father, Brooks Houck, who was Rogers’ live-in boyfriend at the time of her disappearance, had not allowed the family to see the child.