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  • Limestone Branch Distillery to host Kentucky Craft Spirits Festival on April 14

    It’s a new event with a new concept: Bring together some of the best in craft bourbon distilling, craft beer making, and craft wine-making, all in one place.

    Limestone Branch Distillery will host its first-ever Kentucky Craft Spirits Festival for craft bourbon, beer and wine enthusiasts on April 14. The festival will be held on the grounds at Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon. 

  • Annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival set for April 14

    The Annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, near Lebanon in the heart of Kentucky. Self-guided tours, food, cocktail samples and live music are part of the event, which showcases some of the finest handpicked arts-and-craft vendors set up on the grounds of this National Landmark distillery. See details at https://visitlebanonky.com/events/makers-mark-handcraft-festival.


    Family-friendly festival

  • ‘It’s cheaper to keep her’

    In fear of losing Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser to a neighboring school district, the Marion County Board of Education voted, 3-2, to amend her contract and increase her salary during a special-called meeting Wednesday afternoon.
    “For lack of better words, it’s cheaper to keep her,” Board Chairman Butch Cecil said during the meeting.
    Cecil, along with Board Members Peggy Downs and Brad Cox, voted in favor of the amended contract. Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed and Board Member Carrie Truitt voted against it.

  • Lebanon man arrested for rape, assault, burglary

    Emmett Lee Cowherd, 54, of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday, March 27, and charged with rape, assault and burglary.
    According to a media release from the Lebanon Police Department, at 12:04 p.m., Lebanon Police Officers arrested Cowherd, and he’s been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender. His arrest is based on an incident that occurred in Hardin Place on March 4.
    Cowherd is currently lodged in the Marion County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

  • Former sheriff passes away

    Former Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland, 69, passed away Sunday, March 18, from complications of throat cancer and pneumonia.  

    Kirkland began serving Marion County as a sheriff’s deputy in 1981. He became sheriff in 1996, and continued serving the county in that role until 2011. 

    He was a “mighty fine man,” according to one of his very good friends, Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

  • Not backing down

    Local educators and their supporters took to the streets last week to show their disapproval of Senate Bill 1, which would cut pensions for teachers and state workers. On Thursday, March 15, the Marion County Education Association, teachers, education staff, supporters and students gathered at Lebanon Elementary School to march in protest against the cuts. 

    Greg Conley, Project Lead the Way Teacher at Marion County High School, was present at the march to stand alongside his colleagues in opposition of the bill. 

  • Johnny Boone is sentenced

    By Andrew Wolfson

    Louisville Courier Journal




    Last week, a federal judge rejected a plea for leniency from legendary pot grower John Robert "Johnny" Boone, whose lawyer argued it is unfair that growers get long federal sentences in states like Kentucky but aren't prosecuted at all in states where marijuana is legal.

  • The Emperor's New Clothes on stage beginning March 22

    Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square presents a production of "The Emperor's New Clothes," directed by Alia McClendon, March 22-24 and March 29-31 (6:30 p.m.) at Centre Square's Angelic Hall, 237 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon.  

    This production will be performed by two casts with the 5-8-year-old students presenting week one, and Kentucky Classic Arts in conjunction with Working the Puzzle for Autism Center in Lebanon closing the show with week two.

  • Easter egg hunt is March 24

    Graham Memorial Park will host its annual Easter Egg hunt at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 24. The event will be held rain or shine. The free event is open to ages zero to nine years of age. All participants should meet at the pavilion by the pool before the hunt begins to discuss rules. Children ages zero to four will hunt on Gorley Field. Children ages five to nine will hunt in the playground area. Please bring a basket to collect your eggs. Plastic eggs can be donated back to the park for reuse next year.

  • MCHS Junior Mister is March 24

    The 13th annual Junior Mister competition will be held at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 24, in the Roby Dome at Marion County High School. There are 12 young men participating in the program, which will have a Star Wars theme. Advance tickets will be on sale March 21-23 during lunch at MCHS for $5. Tickets will be sold at the door for $7. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Working the Puzzle for Autism Center and the Marion County Animal Shelter.