Today's News

  • Fall soccer registration set for July 28, Aug 4

    The Marion County Youth Soccer Association is preparing for the fall season.
    Registration for the upcoming season will be held July 28 and Aug. 4. Registration forms will be accepted both days from 9 a.m. to noon at the Graham Memorial Park Soccer Complex on Fairground Road.
    The deadline to register is Aug. 7.
    When you sign up, please bring completed registration forms, medical release form signed by a notary and registration fee with you, or mail the forms to:
    Marion Co. Youth Soccer
    Attn. Matt Mattingly
    P.O. Box 840

  • 8-and-under runner-up

    The Marion County 8 and under baseball team finished second in a tournament held June 30 and July 1 in Stanford. Front row, from left:  Reece Ward, Keegan Milby, Elijah Livers, Evan Hillman and Bailen Cull. Second row: Owen Cox, Gabe Nelson, Marc Shewmaker, Grant Brown, Brice Pirkle, Moises Davenport and manager Eli Nelson. Back row:  Coaches Johnny Nelson, Chris Shewmaker, Chris Brown, Brian Pirkle and Matt Davenport.

  • 11-12 Summer Slam winners

    The Lebanon Lumber Jaxx won the 11-12-year-old division of the Summer Slam at Graham Memorial Park over the weekend. Pictured, front row from left, are Kelly Mattingly, Luke Thomas, Ethan Spalding, and Logan Peterson. Second row: Dylan Bradshaw, Trent Farmer, Jacob Mattingly, Cameron Nalley, Jaron Morris and Travis Wiser. The coaches are Chad Spalding, Marty Mattingly and Tim Peterson.

  • The Gingerbread Tree is closed

    The Gingerbread Tree closed July 6, but that closure is temporary, according to officials with Central Kentucky Community Action.

    Pam Smith, the director of Central Kentucky Community Action Head Start, said they hope to reopen the center within the next three weeks as the Central Kentucky Early Learning Academy. She said they are in the process of repainting the facility and hiring staff.

    "We are working very diligently," Smith said, later adding, "We're looking to open up as soon as we can."

  • Sky High

    After completing a flight Saturday afternoon, 9-year-old Josh Saddler of Troy, Ohio, pushed his plane, a Boomerang Sprint, back to a tent at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    "It was exciting," he said. "I was a little nervous."

    Saddler is already looking forward to coming back to Jets Over Kentucky, which is now the world's largest remote control jet show, as are most of the 156 pilots who attended this year's event from July 8-14 at the airport.

  • District hires new special education director

    Amber Ervin was recently hired as the new director of special education and preschool for the Marion County school district.

    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton made the official announcement at last week's school board meeting.

    "We are pleased to have found leadership from within the system to fill such an important role for our students' continued successes," Hamilton wrote on the school district's web site.

  • State champs!

    The girls 9- and 10-year-old Marion County All-Star team made history last week by becoming the first local All-Star softball team to win the state championship. A celebratory parade for the team will be held at 6 p.m., July 19. The parade will begin at Marion County High School and end at Lebanon Elementary School.

    Read more about the team’s win in this week’s sports section.

  • Commission reviews tourism tax collection

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission receives a monthly report showing which businesses have - and have not - turned in the restaurant taxes they have collected. The commission took a closer look at the tax collection process during its July 9 meeting.

    Lori Boone, the Lebanon tax administrator, spoke with the commissioners and answered questions about the tax collection process, with a focus on delinquent taxes.

  • Time, effort can go a long way toward getting fit

    It's no secret that Americans are getting bigger and not in a good way.

    Among Kentucky residents, 33 percent of children, 60 percent of women and 80 percent of men are considered overweight or obese, according to recent studies by the Centers for Disease Control.

    The good news is that Marion County has resources for anyone who wants to become healthier.

  • AG warns of utility bill scam

    Kentucky consumers are being warned about a new identity theft scam that involves utility bills, Attorney General Jack Conway has announced.

    In the scam, fraudsters claim President Barack Obama will pay their utility bill through a new federal program through the Federal Reserve. Conway said this program does not exist.