Local News

  • Snow Conditions: March 12

    Power outages: According to Inter-County Energy’s Facebook page, several areas within the county are experiencing power outages. “Our crews will work to restore power in the most safest manner possible. Safety is our top priority for both our employees and our members.”

    To view a map of outages:

  • Spring has sprung

    The premiere of 'American Idol' is this Sunday on ABC, and Marion County is buzzing with excitement for one of its own who will be making her much-anticipated television debut. 

    Layla Spring, 16, of Lebanon auditioned for, and made it through, the first round of auditions for American Idol, and now we can finally begin to see where this journey takes her. 

  • MCPS could lose its school nurses

    Since 2014, all of Marion County Public Schools have each been staffed with one full-time nurse. But, that partnership between the Marion County Board of Education and the Lincoln Trail District Health Department is in jeopardy and has possibly come to an end.

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department recently voted not to renew its school health contracts in Marion, LaRue and Hardin counties in 2019 due to projected budget cuts and limited staffing.

  • Daylight Saving Time to begin Sunday, March 11

    Daylight Saving Time will begin at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 11. That means we will spring forward. Clocks will be set ahead one hour at that time meaning we lose an hour of sleep. But the switch from Standard Time to Daylight Saving Time will cause evening daylight to last an hour longer while sacrificing normal sunrise times. Daylight time will last until 2 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 when we switch back to Standard Time, regaining our lost hour of sleep.

  • Blood drive in Gravel Switch on March 22

    The American Red Cross will be having a blood drive from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Thursday, March 22, at the Gravel Switch Community Center located at 640 Gravel Switch Road in Gravel Switch.

    Donors of all blood types are needed to help ensure that the Red Cross can collect more than 13,000 blood and platelet donations needed every day. 

    Make an appointment to donate blood by downloading the free Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).

  • 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.

  • Just winging it

    Randall and Connie Lawson are successful business owners, life partners, and have chosen to live life without a plan. 

    Connie Lawson has learned to expect the unexpected when it comes to her husband, Randall, who has built their lives around split decisions, hard work and an appetite for new projects.

  • KSP Angel Initiative offers help, not handcuffs, for those seeking addiction treatment

    Gov. Matt Bevin joined the Kentucky State Police (KSP) last week to announce the launch of the Angel Initiative. The Angel Initiative encourages individuals suffering with a substance use disorder (SUD) to visit a local KSP post for assistance with treatment.

  • Loretto man indicted for assault, wanton endangerment

    Wesley A. Spalding, 31, of 9237 North Loretto Road in Loretto was indicted for multiple charges in Marion Circuit Court on Feb. 26.

  • Edible cookie dough a new business for EKU grad

    EKU alumna Johannah Leake, 22, graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in May 2017 and headed off to Peru for the summer with University of Kentucky alumnus Logan Cambron, 23, and another friend. Leake and Cambron ran into a popsicle shop that piqued their interest into starting their own business.

    “We thought to ourselves, ‘This is so cool. We could totally do this, and it would go over so well in Lexington’,” Leake said.