Today's News

  • MCHS sees jump in ACT scores

    Marion County High School Principal Stacey Hall is walking a little taller since receiving test scores last week, which show that the school's English, reading, science and composite scores on the ACT have set a new school record for being the highest in school history.
    "This just shows that with some time and patience, good things do happen," Hall said.

  • Walk of Faith

    Last week, hundreds of young Latter Day Saints got a taste of what it was like for the Mormon pioneers who trekked from Illinois to Utah in the 1840s.
    The youth spent much of the day Thursday pulling handcarts over uneven ground on the Raikes’ farm outside Bradfordsville. After camping out that evening, they pulled their carts into town Friday morning, where they did some community service, including repainting curbs and basketball poles and cleaning up at the old school and the park.

  • The band played on

    President Lincoln’s Own, which appeared and performed in the movie “Lincoln,” held a concert Sunday afternoon in front of the Marion County Heritage Center. In full, wool uniforms and in temperatures that reached as high as 94 degrees, the band performed several songs from the Civil War era along with providing some history about the songs significance. The heritage center houses the instrument collection that belongs to Don Johnson, who is the director of President Lincoln’s Own. The center also has some of the band’s uniforms on display.

  • International touch

    Carla Wagner has taken the long road to becoming the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourism and Convention Commission. Now, she’s looking to continue the progress made by her predecessors.
    Wagner has worked for the tourist commission since July of 2010, when she became the administrative assistant under former director Chris Hamilton, who left to become the tourism director of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.
    “Chris Hamilton really built this office,” Wagner said.

  • Trying to slow down a pipeline

    I received a phone call Friday from a citizen concerned about the Bluegrass Pipeline. He’d heard it could be coming through the northwestern part of Marion County.
    If you haven’t heard about the pipeline, here’s what I’ve been able to learn so far.  According to the official website for the project (bluegrasspipeline.com), The Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, LP, are working on the project, which would transport natural gas liquids from Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Ohio to the northeastern United States and the Gulf Coast.

  • Do Not Call Registry celebrates anniversary

    For those of us who recall what it was like to have dinner regularly interrupted by unwanted telemarketers, late last month was a special time, because it marked the 10th anniversary of the National Do Not Call Registry.

  • The King is home, let's keep him here

    I celebrated my birthday last week, and while I’m a year older, I’m still too young to have experienced the Elvis Presley era.
    Well, I got a glimpse of it Friday night right here in Lebanon.
    And, let me tell you, it was an experience.
    As I stood in line waiting to enter Angelic Hall for Eddie Miles’ concert - “A Salute to Elvis and Country Legends” - I felt a little out of place because, well, almost everyone else was a tad bit older than me.

  • Community Calendar


    Blood Drive
    The American Red Cross will be having a blood drive today, July 17, from 2-7 p.m. at the Marion County Technology Center. It is an Empower Youth Drive sponsored by HOSA. There is a critical need for blood at this time.


    Relay for Life
    A 2013 Relay for Life wrap up meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, July 18, at the Marion County Farm Bureau office. All team captains, members and public is invited to attend.

  • Aquatic center closed due to lightning strike

    The Lebanon Aquatic Center is closed as the result of a lightning strike.

    "We had some storm damage last night to our electical box," said Charlsie Garrett, Lebanon aquatics director.

    The electrical box controls all of the electrical components of the indoor pool, including fuel pumps and the water heater, she said.

    The pool is closed temporarily while the repairs are being made, Garrett said.

  • Fiscal court meets today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, July 11, in a special-called meeting.

    The court normally meets on the first Thursday of the month, but since that was the Fourth of July holiday, the meeting was moved to today.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Homeland security grant resolution(s) for the sheriff, city/fire department

    - Approval of payment for state contribution for indigent defense