Today's News

  • Stand out teacher dies

    Paul “Patch” Spalding, 46, of Lebanon passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, at Grant Medical Center in Columbus, Ohio, after being critically injured during an accident at a bike rally Monday, Sept. 7.
    The accident occurred while Spalding and his fiancé, Gina Kirkland, were attending a bike rally in Chillicothe, Ohio. Spalding and Kirkland fell off the back of a golf cart. Kirkland said he held on to her to protect her as they fell.
    “He saved my life,” Kirkland said Monday.

  • Half-century of service

    Jean Garrett is fixture at Glasscock Elementary School. She said parents and some grandparents have commented to current students that Garrett was there when they were in school.
    That happens when you’ve been working at the same place for 50 years.
    “It’s been my home away from home. I’d say everyone has been like family,” Garrett said. “If we have problems, we all gang around each other and try to help.”

  • Local officials exploring interest in reviving arena project

    It’s been more than seven years since local officials looked into constructing an arena in Marion County, but Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty is trying to gauge if there is any interest in revisiting the idea.
    Daugherty and Betty Bradshaw of the Marion County Fair Board attended Monday’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission to discuss the idea.

  • School board responds to recent criticism about finances

    One day after a letter to the editor criticized Marion County Public Schools for its financial balance following a recent vote to increase the district’s tax rate, the Marion County Board of Education took more time than usual discussing its monthly financial report.
    Lisa Caldwell, the district’s central finance officer, explained at the Sept. 10 board meeting that the district had a balance of $10.8 million at the end of August. This was down from $12.3 million at the end of July.

  • Lebanon girl recovering after golf cart accident

    Charleigh Browning, 10, of Lebanon continues to recover from injuries she received when the golf cart she was driving overturned on Saturday, Sept. 5.
    She sustained trauma to her face, including a broken nose and broken tooth, as well as trauma to both of her legs and feet, according to her mother, Holly.
    Friday, Charleigh was able to return home after being treated at Ephraim McDowell Regional Center under the care of Dr. Christopher Marek, a plastic surgeon in Danville, who has been treating burns Charleigh received from road rash.

  • A safe place to learn

    Around 3 p.m. Thursday, Leanna Stewart was preparing the 21st Century Community Learning Center for the arrival of dozens of students. She set out writing utensils and apples, cereal bars and milk to provide a snack for the children who would be arriving after school let out for the day.
    Stewart is the learning center’s new director this year, but she met many of the students in the program as an assistant in Marion County’s migrant service program during the last two years. When the director’s position came open, she saw it as an opportunity.

  • Register for Marion County Country Ham Days “Slop the Hogs”

    It’s a Marion County Country Ham Days tradition - the annual “Slop the Hogs” competition. And, it’s coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 12:15 p.m. at Centre Square. There’s still time to register. The entry deadline is 5 p.m., this Friday, Sept. 18. Entry forms are available at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce office at Centre Square. If you love to eat ham and biscuits, sign up and compete to be the Champion Hog Slopper! For more information, contact the Marion County Chamber of Commerce at 270-692-9594.

  • Marching Knights place first in Somerset

    The Marion County Marching Knights completed Saturday, Sept. 12, at Somerset High School, and they received first place in Class AAA. They were also awarded for having the best percussion and best auxiliary.


  • Rigdon found guilty of murder

    By Justin Story

    Bowling Green Daily News


    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon was sentenced to spend the next 38 years in prison after being found guilty of murder, a Warren County jury decided Sept. 9.

    Rigdon, 30, of Lebanon, was convicted of shooting and killing Wendell Gleason Pyles, 50, of Columbia, at Pyles’ workplace at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County on Sept. 26, 2012.

  • Great Outhouse Blowout is Sept. 19-20

    At noon on Saturday, the first heats of this year’s Great Outhouse 300 Race will begin at Historic Penn’s Store, located three miles southeast of Gravel Switch.
    The races will be the highlight of the 24th annual Great Outhouse Blowout, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. The first heat will follow the parade of privies at 11:40 a.m., and the championship is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.