Local News

  • Pope’s Creek Ranch is officially closed

    Pope’s Creek Ranch, which was an up and coming tourism destination in Marion County, is officially closed. But, apparently, there are some people who don’t know that, or are choosing to ignore the ‘no trespassing’ signs on the property.
    Tim Lanham, who is the farm manager at Pope’s Creek Ranch, said recently he found an entire campsite where people had been camping.
    “Somebody had a campfire set up,” Lanham said. “I picked up two 35-gallon garbage cans full of beer cans.”

  • Teen must complete community service for vandalizing Scott’s Ridge

    Allie J. Bagby, 18, of 577 Head Distillery Road in Raywick will be required to complete community service hours after vandalizing the Scott’s Ridge lookout site on June 16.
    Bagby was found guilty of third-degree criminal mischief, and was sentenced to 20 hours of community service, which will be determined by Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty. She was also ordered to pay $32 in restitution to the Marion County Fiscal Court, $133 court costs and was also sentenced to 24 months of probation.

  • Lebanon man hit while driving moped

    A Lebanon man was flown to University Hospital in Louisville Thursday after he was hit by another vehicle while driving a moped.
    The accident occurred at 5:33 p.m., Thursday, July 27, at the intersection of North Woodlawn Avenue and Hood Avenue, according to the Lebanon Police Department.

  • Rotary Club sponsors New Teacher Breakfast

    The Marion County Rotary Club, above, sponsored its second annual New Teacher Breakfast, Tuesday, July 18, at the Marion County Extension Office. This annual event is held to welcome new teachers and administrators to the district and community, as well as fund the Rotary Club’s scholarship fund. For information on joining the Rotary Club, please call Emily Sizemore at 270-692-9005.

  • Public Record

    New drivers as of July 14:
    Kamron B. Fogle
    Prepaid fines
    Patrick Wayne Werner, Lebanon Junction, alcohol intoxication in a public place, $183.

  • Police log

    July 9
    Benita M. Scott-Burch of Howard Avenue in Lebanon reported a burglary, and the theft of several items, including a antique muzzle loading rifle, pistol, pellet gun, assorted fishing poles and assorted bicycles, totaling $951.

    July 10
    Vijay K. Ralhan of Universal Sportswear in Chatanooga, Tennessee, reported the theft of an industrial sized air-conditioning unit valued at $5,000.

  • Lawsuits Former MCHS band director facing civil complaints by two former students

    Curtis Bennett, former Marion County High School teacher and band director who will be sentenced on Aug. 3 for sex offenses involving female students, is facing two civil lawsuits.
    Bennett was first arrested on Jan. 6, 2016, after an investigation found evidence of inappropriate activity between Bennett and a female student.
    At that time, he pled not guilty to the charges, and resigned from his position as a teacher and band director at MCHS. He had been working at MCHS since August of 2011.

  • New CES principal is ready to get going

    Paul Terrell’s father and namesake is who inspired him to become an educator. And, as fate would have it, they are both starting new jobs as principals at two Marion County schools next month.
    Terrell’s father is going to be principal at St. Augustine Grade School, and he was hired last week to become Calvary Elementary School’s principal.

  • Magistrates concerned about ‘hefty’ water rate increase

    Marion County water customers could soon be paying more for their water each month, which wasn’t welcomed news at the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting last week.
    The Lebanon City Council recently approved a rate increase for Lebanon Water Works Company, and the Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer. The Marion County Water District is a distribution-only system, and has a 40-year contract with Lebanon Water Works.

  • MCPS Jumpstart Day is Aug. 1

    Marion County students set to attend the new Marion County Middle School for sixth and seventh graders and the Marion County Knight Academy eighth and ninth can get a feel for the new school year by attending Jump Start Day on Aug. 1.  Both schools will host students from 8 a.m. until noon with an opportunity to experience a modified school day.