Today's News

  • Drugs in Marion County: 'The evil of this sickness is real’

    Since he was elected in 2002, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady has seen and experienced some difficult and disturbing things at the detention center. But, nothing compares to what he’s seeing now with the local drug epidemic, which continues to get more frightening with each passing day.
    “This sickness of addiction is scary,” Brady said. “We’ve had inmates smuggle drugs in for years, but it was marijuana. It wasn’t these deadly cocktails of pills, cocaine and Spice. The evil of this sickness is real.”

  • Jail incident reports

    Editor’s note: This is part of an ongoing series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County. Some of this content is extremely graphic.

  • Drugs in Marion County - A second chance

    Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series about the local drug epidemic in Marion County. Only the first names of inmates are being used in this story to protect them and their families. Warning: Some of the content is extremely graphic.

    Inmate No. 1
    Name: Michael
    Age: 29
    Charges: Manufacturing meth
    Sentence: Nine years
    Family info: He’s the father of a 15-month-old daughter who he’s never even held because he’s been incarcerated since she was born.

  • Lebanon woman killed after hit and run on Springfield Highway

    The body of a Lebanon woman was found lying on the side of Springfield Highway Sunday morning, and it’s expected she’s the victim of a hit and run.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    Carol Thompson from the Career Center in Lebanon attended Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting and reported that the transition from state to local control was “seamless.”

  • Lebanon man indicted for drug charges

    Matthew Cornett, 19, of 208 North Forrest Street in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree possession of a controlled substance.
    According to the indictment, on or about Jan. 29, 2017, Cornett knowingly and unlawfully possessed meth.
    His bond was set at $5,000, and he was ordered to use no drugs or alcohol.

    In other indictments:

  • Lebanon man’s murder trial set for April 10

    By Franklin Clark
    Central Kentucky News-Journal

    The case of a Lebanon man accused of a local murder will almost certainly go to trial about a year after the alleged shooting.
    At a hearing Feb. 28, Taylor County Circuit Judge Todd Spalding kept William Calhoun’s jury trial for April 10. He’ll also have a pre-trial conference for Friday, March 17.

  • Outstanding Citizen: Humble public servant

    Editor’s note: This is the fourth story in an ongoing series about the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s Outstanding Award winners.

  • Guest editorial Guns in schools likely to hinder, not help, safety

    Editor’s note:  This editorial was originally published in The Kentucky Standard.

    Donald Trump plans to eliminate gun-free zones in our nation’s schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks schools need guns to protect students from bears. Eight states now have provisions that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public college and university campuses.

  • 2017 session nearing its end

    Late nights, packed committee meetings, and heated debate marked the fifth week of the 2017 session. The Senate is quickly passing the remaining Senate bills out and receiving bills from the House for consideration. While there were some contested issues, the Senate conducted itself in a bipartisan fashion. We wasted little time this week and passed more than 40 pieces of legislation including:
    • Senate Bill 9, redistricting of judicial districts in order to better align caseloads with current census data;