Today's News

  • Brains, beauty and brawn

    Sophie Clark made Marion County proud during the 2017 Kentucky Distinguished Young Woman competition Jan. 13-14 in Lexington. Clark won preliminary talent and scholastic awards, placed in the top 12 and finished third-runner up.
    Amy Wang from Fayette County won the competition. Elizabeth Medley from Washington County was first runner-up, Mary Grace Rapier from Nelson County was second runner-up and Blair Lamb from Taylor County was fourth runner-up.

  • Family seeks answers

    It was Christmas day two years ago when Diane Mattingly was found in her driveway with a gunshot wound just below her shoulder. Her son had found her when he pulled into the driveway on Parkside Drive in Lebanon. When he got out, he did everything he could. He called 911 and they tried to resuscitate her, but she was already dead.
    Her sister, Julie Smith, recalled seeing the blood pooled in the driveway after they took Mattingly’s body. Her sister had been barefoot. There was some evidence of a struggle inside, but that was all she knew.

  • State pulling workers out of 31 unemployment offices amid major cuts

    By Daniel Desrochers
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is pulling its employees out of 31 unemployment centers across Kentucky in an effort to save millions of dollars.
    Workers with the Office of Employment and Training throughout the state received a notice Jan. 10 that the cabinet was making drastic changes, shifting its focus to 12 “hubs” in Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset.

  • School board taking steps to begin addressing MCPS facilities

    The Marion County Board of Education, including its three newest members, hit the ground running during its first meeting of the year on Jan. 12.
    Now that recallable nickel funds are being generated locally, the board took several necessary steps to start the process of revising the school district’s facilities plan.
    “It’s not a quick process. It takes time,” MCPS Facility Director Scott Spalding said.

  • ‘I did what I thought was right’

    Casting his vote for right-to-work legislation was the most difficult vote State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said he’s had to make during his 15 years of serving in state government.
    “I know I disappointed a lot of people with my vote on this bill,” Higdon said during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative coffee on Jan. 11. “That’s the toughest vote I’ve ever taken. I’ve got friends on each side of that issue.”

  • Bluegrass in the Heart of Kentucky

    What better place to hold a Bluegrass music festival than in the heart of Kentucky. That’s what Brad Lanham thinks as he prepares for the annual Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff (KBMK), which is set for Jan. 27-28 at the Roby Dome at Marion County High School.
    Lanham, the president of the Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians, said he’s excited about the event that hosts everything from a dinner, to concerts and even workshops for aspiring musicians.
    “It’s a nice quality show,” Lanham said. “Something to be proud of.”

  • Burglary reported at Hart Mart

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information about a burglary that occurred at Hart Mart Grocery in Gravel Switch early Sunday morning.
    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, deputies responded to a burglary at Hart Mart Grocery at 2:31 a.m., Sunday, Jan. 15. Store security cameras are being reviewed to identify the person or persons involved.
    Anyone with information is being asked to contact the Marion County Sheriff’s Office at 260-692-3051. Deputy Tony Belcher continues with the investigation.  

  • City hires consultant for community development

    The Lebanon City Council voted to hire Wendy K. Smith of Lebanon as a consultant for community development during its regular monthly meeting Jan. 9. Smith will head the project starting in March and ending in May to the tune of $12,820.
    According to the proposal provided by Smith, the community development research will be done in several phases. The proposal states that the project will take 101 hours making her hourly rate $120.

  • Marching to keep King’s dream alive

    The Marion County NAACP hosted its annual Dr. Martin Luther King March and program Sunday, Jan. 15. Local citizens marched from the Lebanon Post Office to M.L. King Avenue and then gathered at First Baptist Church to listen to Rev. Bob Johnson, former dean of Boyce College of Louisville.

  • Three indicted for robbery

    Lydia Roller, 23, of 323 Shuck Avenue in Lebanon, Andrew Eisiminger, 31, of 2992 Frogtown Road in Loretto, and Charles Ulrich, 30, of 1705 Morris Street in Waynesburg, Pennsylvania, were indicted for first-degree robbery and second-degree assault in Marion Circuit Court recently.