Today's News

  • Local officials exploring interest in reviving arena project

    It’s been more than seven years since local officials looked into constructing an arena in Marion County, but Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty is trying to gauge if there is any interest in revisiting the idea.
    Daugherty and Betty Bradshaw of the Marion County Fair Board attended Monday’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission to discuss the idea.

  • School board responds to recent criticism about finances

    One day after a letter to the editor criticized Marion County Public Schools for its financial balance following a recent vote to increase the district’s tax rate, the Marion County Board of Education took more time than usual discussing its monthly financial report.
    Lisa Caldwell, the district’s central finance officer, explained at the Sept. 10 board meeting that the district had a balance of $10.8 million at the end of August. This was down from $12.3 million at the end of July.

  • Lebanon girl recovering after golf cart accident

    Charleigh Browning, 10, of Lebanon continues to recover from injuries she received when the golf cart she was driving overturned on Saturday, Sept. 5.
    She sustained trauma to her face, including a broken nose and broken tooth, as well as trauma to both of her legs and feet, according to her mother, Holly.
    Friday, Charleigh was able to return home after being treated at Ephraim McDowell Regional Center under the care of Dr. Christopher Marek, a plastic surgeon in Danville, who has been treating burns Charleigh received from road rash.

  • A safe place to learn

    Around 3 p.m. Thursday, Leanna Stewart was preparing the 21st Century Community Learning Center for the arrival of dozens of students. She set out writing utensils and apples, cereal bars and milk to provide a snack for the children who would be arriving after school let out for the day.
    Stewart is the learning center’s new director this year, but she met many of the students in the program as an assistant in Marion County’s migrant service program during the last two years. When the director’s position came open, she saw it as an opportunity.

  • Register for Marion County Country Ham Days “Slop the Hogs”

    It’s a Marion County Country Ham Days tradition - the annual “Slop the Hogs” competition. And, it’s coming up on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 12:15 p.m. at Centre Square. There’s still time to register. The entry deadline is 5 p.m., this Friday, Sept. 18. Entry forms are available at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce office at Centre Square. If you love to eat ham and biscuits, sign up and compete to be the Champion Hog Slopper! For more information, contact the Marion County Chamber of Commerce at 270-692-9594.

  • Marching Knights place first in Somerset

    The Marion County Marching Knights completed Saturday, Sept. 12, at Somerset High School, and they received first place in Class AAA. They were also awarded for having the best percussion and best auxiliary.


  • Rigdon found guilty of murder

    By Justin Story

    Bowling Green Daily News


    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon was sentenced to spend the next 38 years in prison after being found guilty of murder, a Warren County jury decided Sept. 9.

    Rigdon, 30, of Lebanon, was convicted of shooting and killing Wendell Gleason Pyles, 50, of Columbia, at Pyles’ workplace at Tarter Gate Co. in Casey County on Sept. 26, 2012.

  • Great Outhouse Blowout is Sept. 19-20

    At noon on Saturday, the first heats of this year’s Great Outhouse 300 Race will begin at Historic Penn’s Store, located three miles southeast of Gravel Switch.
    The races will be the highlight of the 24th annual Great Outhouse Blowout, which is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 19. The first heat will follow the parade of privies at 11:40 a.m., and the championship is scheduled for 4:45 p.m.

  • Cellmate: Rigdon bragged about murder, other crimes

    By Justin Story
    Bowling Green Daily News

    While jailed in Casey County, William “Bobby” Rigdon told another inmate that he shot Wendell Gleason Pyles three times and divulged other details about the crime, according to that inmate’s testimony Wednesday, Sept. 2, at Rigdon’s murder trial.
    Rigdon, 30, is on trial in Warren Circuit Court for the shooting death of Pyles, 50, of Columbia.

  • KU warning customers about bill-payment scam

    Kentucky Utilities wants its customers to be aware of a scam in which businesses are being asked to pay their bills over the phone.

    In this scam, the caller claims to represent the utility company and requests immediate payment by credit card or prepaid money card. The caller may be using technology that makes it appear he or she is calling from the utility. If the customer does not cooperate, the call threatens to disconnect the electric or natural gas service.