Today's News

  • Time changed for legislative breakfast Jan. 4

    The legislative lreakfast hosted by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce has been changed to begin at 7 a.m. Jan. 4. The breakfast will be held on the third floor of the Centre Square Convention Complex.

    State Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Representative Terry Mills recently received notice they will be due in Frankfort later that morning.

  • Take a hike

    The renovation of the Cecil B. Gorley Naturalist Trail isn't quite complete, but the trail is suitable for walking again.
    "It's a beautiful trail," said Wayne Keen, the interim executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    The 3.2-mile trail follows the outline of the Fagan Branch Reservoir, 370 Fagan Branch Road in Lebanon.

  • Young Dems pick Lebanon for 2012 convention

    The Democrats are coming!
    Specifically, the Kentucky Young Democrats are coming to Lebanon.
    The organization announced last week that Marion County will host its 2012 convention, which is scheduled for March 2-4.
    Joey George, president of the Marion County Young Democrats, said they found out about the opportunity to host the convention last month, and the entire local chapter worked on the bid packet.
    "It doesn't hurt that we have a good Democratic election turnout for each election cycle," he said.

  • 46 inmates set for early release from MAC, county jail

    When Gov. Steve Beshear signed HB 463 into law in March, he praised it as a bipartisan piece of legislation aimed at addressing a problem hurting Kentucky "financially and socially."
    The law has been hailed as a cost-saving measure at a time with the state government is hurting for revenue. State officials have estimated it will save the state $420 million over the next 10 years.

  • E-reader seminar at the library

    Did you get an e-reader for Christmas? Do you need help finding ebooks?
    If so, the Marion County Public Library will be hosting an ebook seminar from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Jan. 14. The seminar will help you become acquainted with ebooks available for checkout through the library and Kentucky Libraries Unbound.
    Please note, library staff can help with apps and information related to ebook checkout, but they cannot aide with setting up an e-reader.

  • Top stories of 2011

    Lebanon and Marion County market themselves as the "Heart of Kentucky." But, unfortunately, during the past year there has been more heartache in regards to local tourism efforts than ever before. The year of 2011 has also seen its fair share of local tragedies, including the untimely deaths of Lebanon native Larry Lee and Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell.

  • Arrest warrant issued for defendant's mother in murder case

    By Calen McKinney
    Landmark News Service

    An arrest warrant has been issued for a witness in the Tonya Ford murder case.
    Ford was back in Taylor Circuit Court on Tuesday of last week. The hearing, before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly, lasted 10 minutes. Ford attended, though she didn't stand before Kelly.
    Ford's attorney, Danny Butler of Greensburg, told Kelly that he had subpoenaed a witness, Ford's mother, Linda Williams, to be at the hearing. Court bailiffs called for Williams to appear before the judge, to no avail.

  • Simple wishes for Christmas

    By Joberta Wells
    Landmark News Service

    I used to say it was too late to go Christmas shopping if you were seeing Ronco products on television. Since Ronco seems to have disappeared I've decided the shopping cut-off date now is when you start seeing Chia articles. I've already seen Chia cat grass containers, Chia herb garden containers, and even a President Obama Chia. That's just not right! That is NOT a hoot.

  • How to become a friend of the library

    By Molly McMasters
    Guest Column

    As the 2011-12 Marion County Friends of the Library president, I would like to tell you a bit about our group. The FOL was established in 2005 to assist the Marion County Public Library in promoting reading, providing programs for our local community and raising funds to help pay for those programs.

  • Holly Jolly

    The Cardinal Den was as busy as Santa's workshop Thursday evening, at least for a little while.
    Presents were being wrapped and sorted. Gifts for girls went to one table, gifts for boys to another. Chairs and tables were rearranged in anticipation of the arrival of children and a special guest, Santa Claus.
    The kids showed up first, trickling in one, two, three, four at a time with their parents and grandparents. How many children? We aren't sure. We lost count somewhere around 50.