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Today's News

  • Marion County raises more than $44,000 for Crusade for Children

    Marion County raised nearly $45,000 for the Crusade for Children this year.
    Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said he was hoping the Lebanon Fire Department would exceed the $30,000 mark, but they were a few thousand short when it was time to turn in their collection.
    “I was getting ready to get on TV and my wife called and said a local industry donated,” Mattingly told the Lebanon City Council recently.
    The industry’s anonymous donation helped the Lebanon Fire Department raise $32,438, which is $5,000 more than last year.

  • A Year Down Under

    Anna Winebrenner had her whole world turned upside down during her sophomore year of high school. She spent 10 months in Australia.
    “I went through culture shock really badly … You wouldn’t think so,” she said.
    But when she arrived, she found the food was different. They drove on the other side of the road, and the town was bigger than she is accustomed to.
    “When you’re from Lebanon and everybody knows each other, it’s not really like that,” Anna said.

  • Book signings coming to library

    A pair of book signings are planned for the Marion County Public Library before the end of June.
    Charlie Bickett is back with another round of stories with “Raywickians” volume 2. This is another collection of stories about people from in and around Raywick.
    Bickett said that $2 from every book sold during his book signing, scheduled for 4-9 p.m. Friday, June 19, at the library, will be donated to the library.

  • Jets Over Kentucky is returning in July

    The world’s largest remote control jet show will be back at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport from July 5 to 12.
    The 11th annual Jets Over Kentucky is expected to bring around 200 r.c. jet pilots to the area.
    Casual fans and remote control jet enthusiasts alike will recognize many of the planes at this year’s Jets Over Kentucky: F-15s, F-4 Phantoms, B-1 Bomber, A10, F-18 Super Hornet, BAE Hawk, F-100, Stealth Fighter Jet – even an SR-71 spy plane that is more than 13-feet-long and valued at $100,000.

  • Beshear announces plan for funds to curb heroin use

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear Monday took another step to build upon the success of the 2015 landmark anti-heroin legislation he signed by announcing the funding of eight programs aimed at fighting and treating heroin use and substance abuse in Kentucky.
    The $10 million in funding is part of Senate Bill 192, bipartisan legislation passed in this year’s legislative session aimed at curbing the rise in heroin use and opioid addiction.

  • Most insured through Kynect will pay more in 2016

    By Molly Burchett
    Kentucky Health News

    The federal health law requires that insurers planning to significantly increase premiums for policies on a health-insurance exchange to submit their rates by June 1 for review. Many insurance carriers across the country, including four in Kentucky, are requesting double-digit increases in insurance premiums for 2016.
    For the individual market, the requested average rates from companies already participating in the Kynect exchange are:
    • Anthem Health Plans, 14.6 percent increase;

  • MCHS student selected for arts program

    Adria Whitfill of Marion County High School is one of 256 students taking part in the Governor’s School for the Arts from June 21 to July 11 at the Kentucky Center at Centre College.
    During their three-week stay, student artists from 47 counties will be immersed in daily seminars, master-classes, lectures, hands-on workshops and field trips to regional arts attractions.
    Instruction will be offered in architecture and design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art and vocal music.

  • Craft beer bar coming to Bardstown

    The Kentucky Standard

    Troy Dennison is brewing up something different for Bardstown.
    “Bourbon you can get anywhere,” he said.
    Kentucky’s signature spirit is what the Bourbon City is known for; but if his plans for a tavern and microbrewery succeed, Bardstown may also become a destination for craft beer lovers.

  • Tourism seeking to bring new races to community

    About 1,000 people participated in the Color in Motion 5K on May 16 in Lebanon, but something new could be coming in the future.
    Nena Olivier, executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, reported that she has spoken with the race organizers about partnering with a charity or bringing a different kind of race to Lebanon.
    ”They are talking to us about an inflatable obstacle course race,” she told the commission during its June 8 meeting.
    This race is the Insane Inflatable 5K.

  • Sheriff investigating break-in attempt at St. Joe Grocery

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an attempted break-in at the St. Joe Grocery.

    Store employees arrived at 6:25 a.m. June 13 and found the front door glass had been shattered. According to the sheriff's office, It is believed a rock found near the door was used to break the glass, although there was no indication that anyone entered the store.

    Evidence collected at the scene and store video are being reviewed in hopes of identifying the person or persons involved in this crime.