Today's News

  • Last day of school tentatively May 31

    The last day for Marion County Public School students (as of press time) is Thursday, May 31. The last day for staff, closing day, is Friday, June 1. And, Marion County High School’s graduation is set for Saturday, June 2. 

    If the county receives more inclimate weather, it’s likely the district will choose to use non-traditional instruction days, if at all possible.

  • Fire destroys home in Loretto

    A Loretto man lost his home after it was destroyed by fire on Thursday, March 15, but thankfully he wasn’t injured.

    The fire occurred at 2075 Nerinx Road in Loretto at approximately 2:30 a.m., March 15.

    The Loretto Fire Department responded to the call, and the Lebanon Fire Department also responded to provide assistance. 

  • MCHS students speak up about school safety

     In the wake of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Parkland, Florida, schools and students around the country have taken a stand toward gun violence and have called for new school security measures, including Marion County High School students. 

  • Emma and Tripp benefit a huge success

    Emma and Tripp Mattingly have certainly captured the hearts of many in Marion and surrounding counties. There was a massive turnout for the recent benefit auction and dance fundraiser held in their honor. 

    The event, organized by Sabrina Johnson, was held March 3 at Angelic Hall, and it drew hundreds (literally) of people in support of the Mattingly family.

  • Who’s ‘ignorant’ and ‘uninformed?’

    By Tom Eblen

    Lexington Herald-Leader


    Just when you thought Gov. Matt Bevin couldn’t stick his foot further into his mouth, he goes on the radio and lets loose a new blizzard of insults and nonsense.

    Appearing on WVLC radio in Campbellsville on March 13, Bevin went off on Kentucky teachers angry that he and Republican lawmakers want to cut billions from their retirement benefits.

  • Pension reform efforts unclear at this point

    As we approach the end of session, we continue to await Senate revisions to our House budget, which fully funds pensions and restores cuts proposed to public education. I expect us to receive the Senate’s proposed two-year budget very soon.

  • Cigarette tax is good health policy, especially for Kentucky babies and youth

    More than 23,000 more Kentucky youth who become smoke-free adults. Nearly 1,200 healthier newborns every year. One billion in long-term health care cost savings.

    Isn’t that worth a dollar more?

    Health advocates are calling for a $1 per pack increase in Kentucky’s state tax on cigarettes because it will reduce tobacco use, particularly among youth and pregnant women. Less smoking means healthier babies and youth and a significant reduction in the health care costs paid by taxpayers.

  • Kentuckian to speak at U.N. Conference

    Kentuckian anti-fracking activist Chris Schimmoeller will speak before the United Nation’s 62nd Conference on the Status of Women and Girls as part of two panels on the anti-fracking movement. Schimmoeller was invited to speak by Beth Blissman, Loretto at the UN’s non-governmental representative. The conference will take place March 12-23 in New York City. 

  • County prepares for pension pains

    Unless state lawmakers act, county government faces a 50 percent increase in pension contributions for its 110 employees, beginning July 1. 

    In dollars and cents, that’s a $400,000 to $450,000 annual increase.

    “This year is going to be a tough time for budgets,” Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty told magistrates during the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting on March 15.

  • City council news briefs

    The following are news briefs from the Lebanon City Council’s regular monthly meeting Monday, March 12:


    Proclamation 2018-01

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and the council approved the proclamation for National Service Recognition day, alongside cities across the country, on April 3, 2018.


    Lebanon/Marion County Career Center