Today's News

  • Lebanon man arrested for child pornography possession

    Sherman Pike, 45, of Lebanon was arrested Feb. 1 on charges of possessing child pornography.

    Attorney General Jack Conway and the Department of Criminal Investigations announced the arrest Feb. 2.

    The Cybercrimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office made the arrest with the assistance of the Lebanon Police and the Marion County Sheriff's Department. A search warrant was executed on Pike's home Monday, Feb. 1.

  • Coffee, muffins and legislation

    The weather may have slowed things down, but it wasn't enough to stop Marion County Farm Bureau from hosting its annual legislative breakfast Saturday morning.

    "We're not going to let a little snow keep us from talking about the issues," said Joe Paul Mattingly, Marion County Farm Bureau president.

    Recently-elected State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and the two men running for his old state representative's seat in yesterday's special election, Leo Johnson and Terry Mills, also attended the breakfast.

  • JV and freshman Knights knock off Nelson

    The Marion County High School boy's junior varsity basketball team knocked off Nelson County while the freshman squad fell to the Cardinals on Friday night at the Roby Dome. Here are the results from those games.

    Marion County 55, Nelson County 49 (Double overtime)

    A three pointer by Josh Brockman as time expired in regulation sent the game into the first of two overtimes for the Knights. Brockman led the Knights with 16 while also forcing a crucial turnover in the second overtime. Carlos Litsey scored 15 points for the Knights.

    Nelson 7 17 11 7 5 2 - 49

  • Thousands of pounds of food collected for Haiti relief effort

    Hours after a magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck near Port-au-Prince on Jan. 12, Brother Bud Owen of Lebanon Christian Church began organizing a collection drive to help the Haitians. Bro. Bud's parents, Larry and Diane Owen, have a mission called Waves of Mercy based in Port-de-Paix, Haiti. Initially, Bro. Bud's goal was to fill a semi-truck trailer with jars of peanut butter. But he and the people of Marion County, along with surrounding communities and even neighboring states, have managed to surpass that goal and do so much more.

  • Fiscal court scheduled to meet Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 4.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - The annual report of the Marion County Office of Economic Development

    - An overview of the hazard mitigation plan update with Pam Bowling of the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.

    - Consider renewal of the county's dental plan.

    - A presentation and request by Marion County 4-H Shooting Sports Club members.

  • State Representative candidate questionnaire: Leo Johnson

    Leo Johnson

    Age:  31

    Educational background:  Graduated high school from Russell Co in 1996, attended Eastern Kentucky University

    Address: 1370 Ky 80 Windsor, Ky 42565, or mailing address is PO Box 923 Liberty, Ky 42539

  • Short on ideas: twitterize them

    With too much on my mind and not enough space to write in depth about anything, I've decided to "twitterize" this column with a short comment or two on issues that have caught my eye in the past week.   Here goes (tweet, tweet):

    Gov. Beshear is running the VLT flag up the pole once again. Not even all the hot air in Frankfort is likely to get it blowing much, however.

    Tax reform is needed in this state, but that flag isn't getting any wind either during this legislative session.

  • State Representative candidates questionnaire: Terry Mills

    Terry Mills

    Age: 59

    Educational background:

    Graduated from Western Kentucky University in 1973 with a degree in

    Business Administration and a minor in Accounting


    695 McElroy Pike

    Lebanon, Ky 40033

    Work Experience:

    35 years with Social Security. I began as a Customer Service Representative in 1973. After various promotions over the years, retired as Acting District Manager in June of 2007

  • Board excited with superintendent's progress

    Superintendent Donald Smith has been sitting at the helm of Marion County's school district for more than six months now, and according to the board of education that hired him, he's made a great deal of progress.

    Last week, the board and Smith sat down for Smith's mid-year evaluation. In the past, superintendent evaluations have been done in closed session but that changed in 2008 after the attorney general ruled that such evaluations must be public, except when they might lead to discipline or dismissal.

  • Knights take on Nelson, E'town

    The Knights look for their first win of the calendar year this weekend.

    Friday night the Nelson County Cardinals (9-7) come to town for a junior varsity/varsity double-header against the Marion County High School boy's basketball team. Junior varsity tips off at 6 p.m., the varsity tips off at 7:30 p.m. at the Roby Dome.