Today's News

  • Tourist commission gives preliminary approval to budget

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission voted unanimously in favor of a preliminary budget proposal during its meeting Monday afternoon at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The commission proposed a few revisions to the budget presented by Nicky Reynolds, the tourism director. The amended budget showed $607,975 in projected revenue in the 2012-13 fiscal year, an increase over the $584,732 in revenue anticipated for the current fiscal year.

  • Economic impact of tourism exceeded $19.5 million in 2011

    Tourism may have been a source of drama within the community in 2011, but it's effect on the local economy continues to grow.

    The Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet recently released the economic impact figures for 2011, and total economic impact of tourism on Marion County was nearly $19.57 million last year.

    That was a 3 percent increase over 2010's economic impact of $18.98 million.

  • A more civil debate

    I'm a fan of the comic strip The Boondocks, and last week, I couldn't help but be reminded of a strip I read years ago.
    Granddad was talking to his grandsons. He thought they might have some questions in light of news reports about "gay marriage," and he wanted them to know how he felt.
    "First off," he tells the boys, "all marriage is wrong."
    Now before anyone gets upset, my parents have been married for close to 40 years, and I don't think they have done something wrong.

  • Minority parent representative needed for high school council

    Marion County High School recently held elections for its site-based decision making council. Dot Caldwell and Lisa Spalding were elected as parent representatives for 2012-13.
    However, since more than 8 percent of the MCHS has a student population are minority students, the council must have a minority parent representative.
    Any parent who would like to run for this position should contact MCHS Principal Stacey Hall by the end of today, May 9.
    The election will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, May 11, at the high school.

  • Family visits Frankfort in memory of Larry Lee Jr.
  • Maupin elected Director of Kentucky Building Materials Association

    Joey Maupin has been elected Director of the Kentucky Building Materials Association. Maupin is the president of Parkview Home Center in Springfield.
    Maupin has served two terms for the Washington County Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of Knights of Columbus and Quails Unlimited. He attends St. Dominic’s Church. Maupin is married to Jackie Maupin they have two children Natalie and Spencer.

  • Downs opens new shop in Loretto

    Your New Hangout & More and The Candle Shop & More has recently opened at 4530 Highway 52, Loretto.
    The owner and operator is Jennifer Downs.
    Their hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 a.m.-10 p.m., Fri. and Sat. 9 a.m.-midnight, and closed on Sunday. You can contact them at (270) 402-3379 or visit their websites at www.facebook.com/thecandleshopandmore, www.facebook.com/yourhangoutandmore.

  • Combs and Lee marry Oct. 15


  • Cissell and Kelty will marry May 18


  • Mattinglys celebrate anniversary


    William “Hatsy” and Libby Mattingly will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary on Saturday, May 26, 2012 at the 4 p.m. Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Loretto. A reception will follow at the St. Francis Activity Center.
    William is retired from General Electric and Libby is the former Libby Mattingly. They were married May 26, 1962 at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church by Rev. Spalding.
    They have three children, Kim Hogan and Frankie Mattingly of Bardstown and Lisa Gootee of Holy Cross, and seven grandchildren.