Today's News

  • Loretto man dies in collision on bypass

    A Loretto man has died, and a Marion County High School soccer player is being treated at University Hospital in Louisville following a two-vehicle collision at 7:15 Sunday evening on the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway. The accident occurred between St. Rose Road and Springfield Highway.

    James Clayton Tharp, 70, of Loretto died at the scene. Michael Jared Wheatley, 17, was flown to University Hospital by Air Methods. He was listed in serious condition as of Tuesday morning, according to a spokesperson at U of L.

  • Father, son killed in accident on Springfield Highway

    A Lebanon man and his father were killed during a two-vehicle accident today, Oct. 6.

    The accident occurred on Springfield Highway at 12:54 p.m., approximately two miles north of Lebanon, according to a news release from the Kentucky State Police.

    Monte Edelen, 54, of Lebanon was driving a 1998 Ford pickup truck southbound on HWY 55 when he attempted to make a U-turn, and pulled into the path of a 1993 Ford log truck, being driven by John Dowd, 67, of Owenton.

  • Double fatality accident occurs on Springfield Highway

    Kentucky State Police are currently investigating a double-fatality accident that occurred on Springfield Highway at approximately 1 p.m., Thursday.

    A log truck and a pick-up truck collided, and two occupants in the pick-up truck are deceased.

    Marion County EMS, Marion Coiunty Rescue Squad and the Lebanon Fire Department responded to the scene.

    More details will be reported as soon as they become available.

  • Turtleman coming to television

    It's official. The Turtleman, Ernie Brown Jr., is coming to television.

    Brown's show, "Call of the Wildman," is scheduled to debut Sunday, Nov. 6, at 10 p.m. on Animal Planet. According to the announcement, this will be a 12-part, half-hour series.

    "Another southern animal rescuer? If you think you've seen them all, nobody compares to the bare-handed trappin' approach of Animal Planet's bluegrass hero 'Turtleman,'" the press announcement reads.

  • Fiscal Court meets Oct. 6

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Here are the items on the agenda:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Annual allocation request from Marion County Youth Basketball Program

    - Second reading of Marion County reapportionment ordinance

  • Marion County soldiers are back from Iraq

    A groups of soldiers from Marion County have returned home after completing a tour of duty in Iraq.

    Sgt. James "Tim" Smothers, Cpt. Justin Roederer, Sgt. Anthony Clark, Sgt. Steven Glover and Spc. Robert "B.J." Thompson Jr. returned to Ft. Knox Sunday afternoon for a short welcome home ceremony. Afterwards, they were greeted by friends and family before returning to Marion County.

    A convoy of local law enforcement and emergency personnel escorted some of the soldiers from the county line to the Lebanon Police Department.

  • Missing Casey County man has been found

    A Casey County man who was reported missing has been found. Kentucky State Police report that Thomas Bell, 55, who was reported missing earlier today, Oct. 5, has been located and seems to be doing well.

  • Planned outage will affect parts of Marion, Taylor counties Oct. 6

    Parts of Marion and Taylor counties can expect a temporary power outage Thursday, Oct. 6, according to the Lebanon office of Inter-County Energy Cooperative.

    The outage is planned from 10:30 a.m. until around noon on Oct. 6 for the conversion of transformers.

    The streets that will be affected are:

    - Scott's Ridge

    - Maple Road

    - Saloma Road

    - Arvin Pike Road

  • Still printing

    Despite all the doomsayers out there writing obituaries for the nation’s newspaper industry, 150 million Americans - two out of three adults - read a local newspaper last week.

    Newspaper Association of America research from 2011 by Scarborough USA indicates almost 70 percent of your neighbors read either a printed newspaper or its online counterpart within the past seven days.

    How could that be?

  • Marion County Public Library begins ‘geeking’ out


    At my high school alma mater, if you did something like dropped your tray in the cafeteria or tripped and fell, you could expect to hear the student chorus chime in. I have a vague memory of getting “geeked” one time. I was embarrassed at first, then put it behind me.