Today's News

  • Tourism posting new highs in revenue, economic impact

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is wrapping up its best year ever, according to Chris Hamilton, the commission's executive director.

    During the commission's June 13 meeting, Hamilton reported that 2010-11 has been a record-setting year in terms of revenue from dining and lodging and the overall economic impact of tourism in the county.

    "Folks, we had a hell of a year," Hamilton told the commissioners.

  • 'Faces of Cancer' exhibit on display at library

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, one of those words may be hope.

    A photographic tribute to cancer survivors will be on display at the Marion County Public Library until June 30. The traveling exhibit was created by the Kentucky Cancer Program to honor and celebrate survivors. Inspirational stories about each survivor accompany each image.

    And one of Marion County's own is among those being honored.

  • A step ahead

    More than 200 students graduated from Marion County High School recently, and many of them are a step ahead of their college classmates before ever stepping one foot on campus.

    Advanced Placement courses, which were once believed to be only for the "advanced" or "elite" students, are becoming more popular among students at the high school, and as a result, more courses are being offered and more students are getting college credit.

  • 'Big Red' on the big stage

    Marion County is known throughout the state and country for its outstanding Junior Miss program.

    And, for the second time in history, one of Marion County's own - Christine Mattingly - will be representing the state of Kentucky in the national competition beginning tomorrow in Mobile, Ala.

  • Marion County teen competes for more than $140,000 in college scholarships

    Christine Mattingly of Lebanon arrived in Mobile, Ala., on Sunday, June 12, to participate in the 54th Distinguished Young Women National Finals. Mattingly is one of 50 state representatives competing for a share of $142,000 in cash scholarships and the opportunity to represent the program as the Distinguished Young Woman of America for 2011.

  • Drug testing decision tabled

    There will not be student drug testing at Marion County High School, for now at least.

    The Marion County Board of Education tabled the decision to approve a drug testing policy Tuesday evening, June 14, during its regular monthly meeting.

    In March, the board unanimously voted to adopt a resolution for a drug-testing program at MCHS for the 2011-12 school year.

  • Undaunted

    A rain storm forced the 2011 Marion County Relay for Life to relocate inside the Roby Dome at Marion County High School, but it didn't dampen the spirits of the hundreds of participants.

    "It's awesome," said Sherille Parrott of Lebanon, a five-year breast cancer survivor. "It's my first year. I never realized what I was missing."

  • Roadblock raises funds for St. Jude Children's Hospital

     The annual St. Jude's roadblock was held May 5 in Lebanon. Susan Yocum, coordinator, reports that $1,920 was raised through the efforts of local volunteers and generous donors. This money will go directly to benefit St. Jude Children's Hospital.    

  • Workshop for local businesses is June 29

    Local businesses looking for new promotional ideas are invited to attend a free workshop at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 29, in the Marion County Economic Development Office, located on the third floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building in Lebanon.

  • City approves first reading of parking ordinance

    New parking restrictions could be in place soon on North Street and West High Street in Lebanon.

    On June 13, the Lebanon City Council approved the first reading of an ordinance that would prohibit parking within 50 feet of the intersection of North and West High streets on both sides of North Street and both sides of West High Street.

    The council must approve a second reading of the ordinance and publish it before the proposed changes would take effect.