Today's News

  • 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

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    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.

  • St. Francis man receives probation for cruelty to animals

    Richard Niles, 70, of 580 St. Francis Road in St. Francis pled guilty to second-degree cruelty to animals Monday of last week after being accused of shooting one of his neighbor's dogs.

    He was sentenced to 60 days in jail, but that was probated for 24 months on the condition that there be no further problems.

    He was ordered to pay $112.31 in restitution.

    Niles originally pleaded not guilty to the charges in January.

  • Leave-ing Lebanon

    Many tobacco farmers will have a new destination when they take their tobacco to market later this year - Danville.

    Phillip Morris USA has had a receiving station at the Tobacco Services, Inc., warehouse in Lebanon for years, but the company's contract growers will take their leaves to Danville instead. Ken Garcia, a spokesperson for Phillip Morris USA, said local farmers were informed of the decision during a recent meeting of tobacco growers.

  • Bicketts open up frame shop


    Owners Kevin and Dora Bickett are hosting a grand opening for their new business, Picture This Frame Shop. During the celebration, now through July 4, customers can register for a drawing for a Maker’s Mark fall print.
    Picture This Frame Shop is located at 230 Brahm Lane in Loretto, behind West Marion Elementary School. Store hours are Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. or by appointment.
    They can be reached at (270) 865-3807 or (270) 402-9084.

  • March is Colon Cancer Awareness Month

    The Kentucky Cancer Program District Cancer Council is launching a public awareness campaign to increase colon cancer screening with “Dress in Blue Day” on Friday, March 4. Council partners are joining organizations, businesses, schools and churches throughout the community to encourage everyone to wear blue. Activities will continue throughout the year to provide education and special programs.  

  • Couple celebrates golden anniversary


    Robert and Shirley Lynch celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 10, 2011, at a reception for their family at their home.
    The Lynches were married on Feb. 10, 1961, in Louisville by Rev. Tom Devinie.
    Mr. Lynch is semi retired from Southern States. Mrs. Lynch is the former Shirley Powell and retired from Lebanon Baptist Church.
    The couple has three children, Robbie Lynch of Bloomfield, Pam Mullins of Bradfordsville and Tonya Helms of Lebanon. They also have 10 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.