Today's News

  • Parade for softball state champs

    Pockets of fans showed up Thursday evening to support the girls 9- and 10-year-old Marion County All-Star State Champions as they paraded through town on Main Street on top of a Lebanon Fire Department fire truck. The truck was followed by several cars filled with supporters and the convoy was led by a squad car from the Lebanon Police Department. The emergency vehicles flashed their lights and tooted their horns as they rolled through town.

  • Night tourney beats the heat

    Saturday evening we held our annual Mid-KY Bass Anglers evening tournament on Willisburg Lake. This one started at 6 p.m. and lasted until midnight.
    While the purpose of this evening tournament was to allow us to fish at a time when we wouldn't have to contend with the heat, that was all that was accomplished!
    While it was indeed more comfortable, the productivity was way down. Out of seven boats, only seven bass, that were keepers, were caught.

  • Tractor team

    Christina Lyvers, Angela Lyvers and Cody Rakes, all natives of Marion County, were members of the University of Kentucky 1/4 Scale Tractor Team that placed first in its International Competition.

  • Local Marine to receive Congressional Medal

    Lebanon's own William "Buster" Mattingly will be presented with a bronze replica of the Congressional Medal at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Centre Square. The Congressional Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the legislative branch.

    Mattingly was among the 20,000 African-Americans who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at a time when that branch was still resisting integration. He is one of fewer than 600 of those Marines who are still living.

  • County approves industrial bond ordinance for Maker’s Mark Distillery

    During its July 19 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing bonds to be issued for the construction of new warehouses for Marker's Mark. The magistrates approved the ordinance, 4-1, with Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers casting the opposing vote.
    The ordinance allows $187 million in industrial bonds to be issued toward the construction of warehouses in Loretto as part of a Maker's Mark expansion.

  • Report ranks Kentucky in top ten for core academic improvement

    According to a report from Harvard University, Kentucky is tied for fifth place nationwide in the improvement of its students' performance in assessments of reading, mathematics and science since 1992.

  • Scam utilizes fake check

    Marion County residents are asked to be aware of a scam involving a fake check and a request for a money order.

    Steve Downs brought the letter by the Enterprise and wanted the community to be aware of it in case they receive something similar.

    The letter sent to his daughter was from Rame Hart Inc. and it came with what appears to be a check for $2,325.46.

  • School open houses and student registration schedule

    The first day of school for area students is fast approaching. Marion County Public School students will begin the school year Wednesday, Aug. 8. St. Augustine School students will start a day earlier, Tuesday, Aug. 7.

    The following is a schedule of open houses and student registrations at local schools:

    Monday, July 30

    • Marion County High School, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 12th grade

    Tuesday, July 31

  • August chamber lunch to feature Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at noon on Aug. 23, at the Marion County Extension Office located on Fairground Road. The featured speaker will be Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. The cost of the luncheon is $15 per person. Please RSVP for this event by Friday, Aug. 17. The Marion County Cattlemen will be preparing lunch.


    Jerry Abramson, Lieutenant Governor

  • Not so high, but very dry

    "Corn is a plant that just doesn't ever like a bad day," Bill Peterson said. "And we've had a string of bad days."

    Peterson farms 14,000 acres with his brothers, Bernard and David, and his son, Albert. They grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and like many farmers across the United States, they have had a rough year.

    "Our early corn is already toast," Peterson said. "It's beyond help."