Local News

  • Nationally known musician, trumpet collector dies

    Don Ray Johnson Jr., of Raywick, who developed a reputation, both locally and nationally, as an award-winning trumpet player and the artistic director of the Kentucky Baroque Trumpets, died suddenly on Friday, Oct. 14, at the age of 61.
    Johnson, who grew up in Lexington, moved to Raywick about 26 years ago, and had become well-known for his musical success and trumpet collection. The Marion County Heritage Center is home to Johnson’s musical instrument collection, which contains the largest collection of horns in the U.S. made by the J.W. Pepper Co.

  • MCPS conserving energy, saving big bucks

    Marion County Public Schools have been deliberately making changes to conserve energy at all of its facilities for the past several years, which has saved big money for the district and its taxpayers.
    CMTA Consulting Engineers has been working with the district, and this past year MCPS realized $106,482 in energy savings.

  • Ray House Committee waits for election

    There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to the fate of the Ray House, which stands next to Lebanon Elementary School. No one knows if it will be used by a private owner, used by the school in some capacity or if it will be destroyed. However, the Ray House Committee is doing everything it can to preserve the historic building.
    The Ray House Committee met on Oct. 13 to discuss the future of the building. School Board Chairman Mike Cecil said that the traffic around Lebanon Elementary is the biggest issue.

  • 'In Her Shoes'
  • Local elections offer little opposition

    There are a lot of seats for the taking this election season in Marion County, however, most of the seats have very little, if any, opposition. In some cases, there is no one currently running at all.  
    For instance, the Lebanon City Council has six seats and there are six people looking to fill them. In Bradfordsville, there are four seats, but only three people have filed. In Raywick, however, there are four seats on city council and there have been no filings. According to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, there are several ways this could play out.

  • Council chooses two local banks to finance $4 million city hall project
  • Tractor trailer overturns in Loretto, spills diesel fuel

    A semi-truck and trailer overturned in Loretto Saturday, Oct. 15, spilling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.

  • Lebanon man arrested for growing marijuana, making moonshine and other drug charges

    Charles L. Gaddie, 36, of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 11, and charged with a number of drug trafficking, possession and manufacturing charges.

  • Absentee voting is available at clerk’s office

    Absentee voting for the upcoming Nov. 8 election is available at the Marion County Clerk Office during its regular office hours of Monday through Friday 8:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    Those voters that would be eligible for in house absentee voting include:
    • Voters who will be out of the county on Election Day.
    • Voters who are military, their dependents, or an overseas citizen.

  • School board still sees value in student drug testing program while funding decreases

    The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition began funding a drug-testing program at Marion County High School in 2011, and while those funds have decreased, somewhat, members of the Marion County Board of Education agree that the program is worth continuing.
    Initially, the coalition provided $5,000 per year to fund the student drug-testing program. This year, the coalition will only be able to provide $3,000, Board Vice Chairman Jerry Evans reported to the board during its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 13.