Today's News

  • 'Just good farmers'

    J.W. Maupin. 78, remembers using mules to work fields and selling tobacco for 50 cents per pound. His son Mike, 56, is continuing the farming tradition, although he's always used tractors. Together they raise corn, soybeans, tobacco and beef cattle on hundreds of acres of land.

    And together they have been recognized for their years of dedication as the Marion County Chamber of Commerce's Outstanding Farmers.

    Mike said winning the award was an honor.

  • District Champs

    The Marion County Lady Knights had no trouble winning the 20th District championship game Friday night in the Roby Dome against the Taylor County Lady Cardinals, jumping out to an early 19-0 lead and never looking back.

  • Councilman pleads guilty to alcohol intoxication

    Last week, Lebanon City Councilman Gerald C. "Jerry" Abell pled guilty to a charge of alcohol intoxication stemming from an incident that occurred Nov. 27.

    Abell, 52, of 728 Doctor Street in Lebanon was ordered by District Judge Connie Phillips to pay $130 court costs, $25 fine, $25 bond filing fee, $2.50 attorney tax and $.50 law library fee, for a total of $183.

  • Heart of Kentucky Antique and Craft Fair is March 5-6

    Antique and craft dealers will come from all over the state and beyond to create a shopping and viewing delight Saturday, March 5, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, March 6, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Lebanon.

    The show is set in the Convention Complex at Centre Square. All the bases are covered from baskets to Amish baskets, birdhouses, pottery and floral displays to jewelry, art photography, soaps and natural art.

  • A challenge to succeed

    Donald Smith returned to Marion County Sunday, and he issued a challenge to the community.

    "It's time that you take control of your own destiny," he said.

    To do that, he said people need to stop listening to the wrong voices, to act based on where they are going, and to find a purpose for their lives.

  • Board to decide on drug testing program March 8

    The Marion County Board of Education plans to make a decision regarding a proposed student drug-testing program at its next meeting on March 8.

    Tuesday of last week, Shelton Young and Jayne Hogan, members of the Marion County Safe Community Coalition, reviewed the proposal with the board, which they originally did in April of last year. At that time, then-Superintendent Donald Smith said that he would make a recommendation concerning the student drug-testing program at the April 27 board meeting, but that never happened.

  • New Hope man faces multiple sex crime charges

    Editor's note: Some of the following information contains graphic content.

    Pascal "Pat" Jones, 50, of 130 Willow Spring Road in New Hope was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Monday of last week for first-degree rape (three counts), first-degree sodomy (three counts), first-degree sex abuse (43 counts), first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor under 16 (21 counts), unlawful transaction with a minor under 18 (40 counts), and intimidating a witness in a legal process (two counts).

  • Lebanon men indicted for drug charges in Taylor County

    Seventeen indictments were unsealed recently by a Taylor Circuit Court judge, including the indictments of two Lebanon men, and all of the indictments involve alleged drug crimes.

    Gary Mattingly, 57, of 100 St. Joe Road in Lebanon was charged with first-degree selling a controlled substance. His bond was set at $3,000 cash. If convicted, Mattingly could be sentenced to as much as 10 years in prison.

  • Arson case dismissed

    A charge of second-degree arson has been dismissed against Kevin Ronald Bright, 43, of 670 Hwy. 337 in Bradfordsville.

    Bright had been indicted in September and accused of arson stemming from a Feb. 14, 2010, incident. The case went to trial Feb. 17, but was dismissed without the jury having to make a decision.

    In other circuit court matters:

  • Makeup days spoil Spring Break plans

    The Marion County Board of Education voted 4 to 1 to use the first three days of Spring Break as makeup days during its regular monthly meeting Tuesday evening, Feb. 22.