Today's News

  • Miniature jets make big noise in central Kentucky

    Andy Anderson of Mobile, Ala., made his first trip to the Jets Over Kentucky model jet show last week. It wouldn't be a stretch to say he was impressed with what he saw.

    "It's awesome," Anderson said. "It's great. This is a real good event here."

    Anderson was one of the approximately 130 pilots who brought 214 model jets to the 2010 version of Jets Over Kentucky.

    "And next year, I'm predicting it's going to get even bigger," said Lewis "The General" Patton, the event organizer.

  • Jet-powered

    This past weekend in Marion County, you could have met people from all over the United States as well as Canada, China, England, France and South Korea.

    While we realize this could happen on any given day if you decided to take a tour of the Maker’s Mark Distillery, in this case we are talking about an event at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    Jets Over Kentucky 2010 attracted approximately 130 radio-controlled model jet pilots with 214 planes. Each year, this event continues to draw more and more people to central Kentucky for days at a time.

  • All-Stars fall

    The Marion County 11-and-12-year-old All-Stars didn't survive pool play at the District 5 Little League tournament at South Hardin last week.

    The All-Stars won two games and lost two games and claimed fifth place. They slipped a spot and missed the elimination round due to the amount of runs given up in pool play.

    Score books from the event were not provided as of press time.


  • On to state

    On a field that could have came out of the movie "Field of Dreams," the Marion County 9-and-10-year-old All Stars dreams came true on a hot Sunday afternoon at South Hardin.

    Surrounded by cornfields on all sides, South Hardin built a baseball complex and the Marion County All-Stars came to play.

    The locals squeezed by Washington County 6-5 in an extra inning thriller.

    Trent Farmer sent the game into extra innings when he caught a Washington County runner in a run down between second and third, sending the Marion County dugout into a frenzy.

  • Board: Superintendent 'excellent' in first year

    Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith has done an excellent job during his first year as superintendent, according to four of the five members of the Marion County Board of Education. But, for one board member, the jury is still out on Smith's performance.

    Tuesday of last week, the Marion County Board of Education completed Smith's annual performance evaluation, which was conducted in open session. The three and a half hour discussion included positive feedback and praise for the rookie superintendent, specifically his success at holding all staff accountable.

  • Ban on texting while driving takes effect Thursday

    The following announcement was issued by the Governor's office regarding the ban on texting while driving, which takes effect Thursday, July 15:

  • Closed session on student transfer was legal

    When the Marion County Board of Education went into closed session during its June 8 meeting, it did not violate the open meetings act, according to an opinion issued by the Kentucky Attorney General's Office July 6.

    The Attorney General's Office found that the closed session held during that meeting was allowed under KRS 61.815(1)(k). The section allows a governing body to enter into a closed session for meetings which "federal or state law specifically require to be conducted in private."

  • Put away the vuvuzelas ... for now

    A few random thoughts now that I’ve had my fill of international soccer ...

    The World Cup may be over, but I have a feeling we haven’t heard the last of the vuvuzela.

    I’ve heard about an iPhone app, and I’ve already seen and heard actual vuvuzelas during a few recent bouts by the Derby City Roller Girls.

  • Mock disaster is scheduled for Thursday

    On Thursday July 15, Marion County Emergency Management and Marion County Emergency Services along with the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Water Works will be hosting a 10-county multi-agency emergency exercise at the Lebanon Water Treatment Plant located in Calvary.

    A simulated chlorine leak from the treatment plant and an automobile accident at the intersection of Highway 208 and Old Calvary Road will occur simultaneously requiring the response of the Marion County EMS, along with the Lebanon Fire Department, Marion County Rescue Squad, local law enforcement, Lebanon Polic

  • Fiscal Court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, July 15, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda is as follows: