Today's News

  • 'Spectacular'

    Clear skies and cooler temperatures welcomed an estimated crowd of more than 30,000 people to Marion County Country Ham Days over the weekend.

    "Overall, I thought things ran very, very smoothly," Marion County Chamber of Commerce President Brad Mattingly said. "We had spectacular weather."

    This year, 4,780 breakfasts were served over the weekend, 500 more than last year, Mattingly said.

    Individual events drew good numbers as well.

  • Washington County knocks off Knights 3-0

    Electricity and water don't mix well but the two combined Friday night at John J. Boswell Field for a defensive explosion.

    Emotions ran high as the rain poured from the sky during the first and second quarters of the rivalry game between Marion and Washington counties. Things would cool off but not by much.

    After all the fuss, three points would be all that separated the border rivals.

    Washington County beat the Knights 3-0, the only points of the game coming late in the third quarter.

  • Property owner is on the clock

    Frank Spragens had one question when he arrived at the Sept. 20 meeting of the Lebanon Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board.   "Is this the Inquisition?" he said, jokingly.

    Spragens owns three properties - 322 and 412 S. Proctor Knott Ave and 226 W. Chandler Street - that have been cited four times apiece under the city's property maintenance ordinance. All together, the fines issued against those properties have reached a total of $4,050.

  • Job well done

    Sore feet, aching backs, and dry mouths from eating too much country ham... many Marion Countians are probably still experiencing their own version of a "Ham Days Hangover" after volunteering during the annual festival, which took place this past weekend.

    It's a lot of work for the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and its countless volunteers who spend all weekend working tirelessly so that more than 30,000 people can enjoy one of the top 10 fall festivals in Kentucky.

  • Making the grade?

    Great things are happening in Marion County Public Schools, according to Superintendent Donald Smith, but recently released test scores show that some of its students, and three of its seven schools, are falling behind.

    Last week, the Kentucky Department of Education (KDE) released test scores, which showed that local African American students are struggling in mathematics and students with disabilities are falling behind in reading.

  • 'Mafia' movie made in Marion County

    For ticket information, visit www.darkwoodscon.com or www.visitlebanonky.com or call (270) 692-0021.   The City of Lebanon probably isn't going to turn into the next Hollywood, but a few independent filmmakers thought it was a perfect place to shoot a movie.

    And that movie will debut at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at Centre Square to kick off Dark Woods Con 1.5, which continues through Sunday, Oct. 3.

  • Lady Knights fall in Pulaski Invitational

    After steam rolling through much of their schedule, the Marion County High School volleyball team met with some formidable opponents over the weekend. The Knights fell to Rockcastle County 2-0 (25-23, 25-23) in the semi-finals.  "We ran out of gas against the Rock or we might have made the finals in this one," Head Coach David Hibbard said.

  • Tax postcards coming soon

    The Marion County Sheriff's Department will be collecting taxes for 2010 this Friday, Oct. 1.

    Property owners should be aware that tax bills will look different this year. This year's bills are being printed on postcards and mailed. The tax bills will not be placed in envelopes as they have been in previous years.

  • KSP continues investigation of Rigdons

    Last week, the Kentucky State Police conducted a search at the residences of Joey and Billy Rigdon.

    KSP Public Affairs Officer Billy Gregory said they are not releasing any new information at this time although additional charges may be possible in the future. He did say the majority of the search was conducted at Joey Rigdon's house, however.

    Sept. 20, William Joseph "Joey" Rigdon, his sons William Robert "Bobby" Rigdon and William David "Billy" Rigdon, and Wendy F. Rigdon were taken into custody.

  • Lady Knights drop two

    The Marion County High School Lady Knights' volleyball team faced a tough week of region opponents last week and has the bruises to show.

    The Lady Knights dropped close matches to region foes Green County and Elizabethtown last week as they come close to finishing out the regular season.

    On Thursday at Green County, the Lady Knights lost a 2-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-27) nail biter against Green County.