Local News

  • Schools offer after-school meals

    What good is school if a child goes hungry? That’s the motivation behind the Supper Meal programs throughout Marion County.
    Many children are at risk of going hungry after they leave school during the week. Though they are provided breakfast and lunch, dinner is equally important, according to Marion County Public Schools Director of Nutrition Cathy Sparrow.

  • Farm safety is so important

    The Marion County Farm Bureau Women’s Committee would like to ask everyone to be aware of the farm vehicles on the public roads that are involved in more than 6,000 accidents annually. People driving farm machinery and those driving vehicles should be especially careful and watchful.
    Farmers should keep slow moving vehicle emblems extremely clean and bright to help motorist notice equipment. Replace faded emblems, check headlights, taillights, flashing lights and turn signals for satisfactory operation.

  • Remember farm safety

    The third week of September is harvest time across much of Kentucky and America and Kentucky Farm Bureau is urging motorists to slow down and watch for slow moving farm equipment. Motorists should keep a safe distance when following farm equipment, using caution when passing and being patient with farmers who must survey road shoulder conditions before pulling over.

  • A free people

    Dear Citizens,
    Consider this quote; “A free people ought not only be armed, but disciplined; to which end a uniform and a well-digested plan is requisite; and their safety and interest require that they should promote such manufactories as to tend to render them independent for essentials, particularly military supplies.”
    (George Washington, in his first annual message to Congress, 8 January, 1790)
    (This quote is from the Military Times August 2016 Page 31) [Consider M.D.A.A. Sec. 102, 1022 – Hold and Kill]

  • Loretto man killed during one-vehicle fatality

    Joseph A. Hutchins, 56, of Loretto was killed during a one-vehicle accident on KY 527, approximately two miles north of St. Francis Monday evening.

  • 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.