Today's News

  • Life of service

    Avral Thompson stood before the assembly at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church to eulogize his friend and fire chief, Mark Mattingly. At one point, he asked the other members of the Loretto Fire Department to help him out.   "Was Mark proud of his family?" Thompson asked

    "No doubt," the firefighters replied in unison, using one of Mattingly's favorite phrases.

    "Would Mark want us to carry on?" Thompson asked moments later.

  • Some local restaurants 'not happy' about tourism tax

    Collection of the City of Lebanon's tourism tax continues to be an issue, and that's because the collection policy is "soft," according to Chris Hamilton, executive director of the Lebanon and Tourist Convention Commission. Approximately $8,000 is delinquent from local restaurants, including Big Jim's, Sam B's, Cedarwood, Henning's, Arby's, Captain D's, Subway, Subway at Walmart, Wendy's, Myrtledene and Willie A's, according to Hamilton's monthly executive director's report. However, according to newly appointed Tourism Commissioner Kenny Marrett, Hami

  • Drilling at Camp Roby Dome

    Campers filled the courts at Marion County High School's Roby Dome last week as boy's basketball Head Coach Anthony Epps got his first look at the future of the program.

    Thirty-five students from fourth grade to eighth grade came out to learn the fundamentals of the game from Epps and a staff of coaches that included Josh McKay, David Ferriell, Mark Bell and Matthew Thomas.

    Epps said he was hoping for 40 or more campers but he was happy with the turnout. He said he wanted to see more middle school students so he could look forward to the future.

  • Honor and dedication

    Five years ago, Johnathan Adam Hughes was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. Last week, a new road was dedicated in Marion County to preserve his memory.

    Family and friends, state and local officials, veterans and dozens of others were on hand for the dedication of the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway June 15.

    Hughes was serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard's Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, which is based in Campbellsville, at the time of his death. He was 21 years old.

  • Crispy, crunchy onions

    One of my very favorite things to eat is French-fried onion rings. I've tried them at lots of restaurants over the years, and really good ones are hard to find. I've also tried every single brand of frozen onion rings and have yet to find one I'd want to have again. Most have this strange orange-colored breading with no taste that falls off and leaves the little limp onion all alone on the plate.

  • Happy meal trip yields unexpected golden prize

    As the economy goes to the dogs, many dogs end up discarded. The lucky ones either end up in a new home, a rescue group or end up at an animal shelter.  Such was not the case for one Golden Retriever, who found herself no longer the cute, golden-coated puppy with the large brown eyes adored by some family. As a “disposable” animal, she found herself on the road, alone, and finally ended up at the McDonalds in Springfield. You might not think it is such a bad place to be. There is, after all, plenty of food going out their door.

  • InBrief

    Early election filings

    The deadline for candidates to file in non-partisan elections is Aug. 10 at 4 p.m., but a handful of candidates have gotten a head start.

    Three incumbent mayors - Gary Crenshaw of Lebanon, Robert Miles of Loretto and Marilyn Mullins of Raywick - have each filed to run again Nov. 2. All of the mayoral, city council and city commission seats are up for election this year.

  • Rallying for Relay for Life

    Marion County raised a total of $40,233 during this year's Relay for Life event.

    "For a total of nine teams, it's awesome," Lisa Sandusky, Relay chairperson, said.

    And, although there were only nine teams, this year's event was one of the best, Sandusky said.

    "It was like the way it used to be. We had fun all night long," she said.

    Kim Bell, who was in charge of the Survivor's tent, said 92 survivors registered for the event, which she was very pleased with.

  • Board discusses districting issues in closed session

    What was discussed during an executive session Tuesday of last week at the Marion County Board of Education's regular monthly meeting could potentially affect a local neighborhood in regards to what middle school its children attend.

    During last week's school board meeting, Christy Thomas of 180 Old Kentucky 68 in Lebanon, attended the meeting to discuss an issue regarding her son and where he will be attending school next year. Eric and Tonya Blandford of Lebanon also attended the meeting.

  • Assistance available for flood victims

    A small group of citizens, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Deputy Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson, Lebanon City Administrator John O. Thomas and field representatives from Brett Guthrie's office met with federal representatives in Angelic Hall at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building June 9 to discuss the aftermath of the May 2 flooding.

    "All along the Rolling Fork [River] there were people who had damage," Mattingly said.