Today's News

  • Bourbon and BBQ event gets tourism's support

    Bourbon and BBQ are two things Kentucky is known for worldwide and next month a new event in Lebanon will cater to both.

    The Kentucky Bourbon and BBQ Musicfest, a new event being organized by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Lebanon Main Street Committee, will be held July 30-31. The event got a big shot in the arm Monday when the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission voted to give an $8,500 grant toward the event.

  • A Simple Man

    Today (June 17) I had the honor to bid farewell to a wonderful man by the name of Mark Mattingly. He was a big man, with a bold laugh, and was always involved with the City of Loretto. He also worked for Makers Mark in Loretto. I have known Mark for many years, and knew he was very involved with the community, but I in no way realized how much. He did what was expected of him, and did it well. Then he kind of faded into life! He never once expected recognition; just a simple thank you did it for him.

  • Baseball team announces award winners

    The Marion County High School baseball team recently announced their postseason awards at their banquet.

    Earning the Most Valuable Player award were Paul Spalding and Devin Spalding.

    The Gold Glove award went to Joe Lewis while Devin Spalding won Pitcher of the Year.

    The QAB award went to Eric Farmer, who also won the Off Season Warrior award.

    Michael Costello won the 110 percent award while Joe Lewis won the Coaches award.

    The Freshman Team award went to Justin Lark and the Junior Varsity Team award went to Aaron Hamilton.

  • Restoring a right to participate

    Thursday, State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, State Rep. Terry Mills and the Rev. Jim Graf greeted convicted felons at the Marion County Library. Only a few people showed up, but the reason they were there will likely have at least some interest to many in our community.

    Convicted felons lose their right to vote, but, after they have served their time and paid all their fines, fees and restitution, they may have that right restored.

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  • Be consistent on open government

    As both a former journalist and public official, I read with more than a passing interest the recent story, editorial, and column concerning the actions of the Marion County Board of Education.

  • Life of service

    Avral Thompson stood before the assembly at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church to eulogize his friend and fire chief, Mark Mattingly. At one point, he asked the other members of the Loretto Fire Department to help him out.   "Was Mark proud of his family?" Thompson asked

    "No doubt," the firefighters replied in unison, using one of Mattingly's favorite phrases.

    "Would Mark want us to carry on?" Thompson asked moments later.

  • Some local restaurants 'not happy' about tourism tax

    Collection of the City of Lebanon's tourism tax continues to be an issue, and that's because the collection policy is "soft," according to Chris Hamilton, executive director of the Lebanon and Tourist Convention Commission. Approximately $8,000 is delinquent from local restaurants, including Big Jim's, Sam B's, Cedarwood, Henning's, Arby's, Captain D's, Subway, Subway at Walmart, Wendy's, Myrtledene and Willie A's, according to Hamilton's monthly executive director's report. However, according to newly appointed Tourism Commissioner Kenny Marrett, Hami

  • Drilling at Camp Roby Dome

    Campers filled the courts at Marion County High School's Roby Dome last week as boy's basketball Head Coach Anthony Epps got his first look at the future of the program.

    Thirty-five students from fourth grade to eighth grade came out to learn the fundamentals of the game from Epps and a staff of coaches that included Josh McKay, David Ferriell, Mark Bell and Matthew Thomas.

    Epps said he was hoping for 40 or more campers but he was happy with the turnout. He said he wanted to see more middle school students so he could look forward to the future.

  • Honor and dedication

    Five years ago, Johnathan Adam Hughes was killed by a roadside bomb while serving in Iraq. Last week, a new road was dedicated in Marion County to preserve his memory.

    Family and friends, state and local officials, veterans and dozens of others were on hand for the dedication of the Adam Hughes Memorial Highway June 15.

    Hughes was serving with the Kentucky Army National Guard's Bravo Battery, 1st Battalion, 623rd Field Artillery, which is based in Campbellsville, at the time of his death. He was 21 years old.