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Today's News

  • Storm debris clean-up wrapping up

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly is informing the public that the clean-up from the ice storm is coming to a close.

    As a result, the staging areas - at the county transfer station on Fairground Road, in Lebanon at the corner of Mercer and Taylor avenues, in Raywick near the fire department and in Loretto near the former St. Francis Nursing Center - will be closing at the end of the month, according to Mattingly.

    He added that the county would appreciate it if homeowners could continue to haul their own debris to the staging areas.

  • Local jailer wins award

    Jailer Barry Brady was presented the Board of Directors' Award from the American Jail Association in Louisville during their 28th Annual Training Conference and Jail Expo held April 26-30.

    Jailer Brady was recognized for his assistance during the conference and his continued support to the association.

    AJA is a national, nonprofit organization serving those individuals who work in and operate our nation's jails.

  • LMS archers hit the top 50

    The Lebanon Middle School archery team placed 50th out of 65 teams in the National Archery in the Schools Program National Tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center on Saturday in Louisville.

    The team finished with 2,936 points overall, with 65 bull's-eyes collectively. Ashville Middle School in Alabama won the overall middle school category with 3,350 points with 178 bulls eyes.

    According to the NASP's website, the tournament was the largest ever in United States history. More than 5,00 archers from across the country and Canada competed on Friday and Saturday.

  • Lancers win overtime thriller

    The Lancers scratched their way to victory Saturday night. What started as an abysmal shooting night for the Lebanon Lancers (3-2) led to an overtime victory at the Roby Dome.

    The Lancers bullied their way down low against longer, leaner Kentucky Thunder in the first half to no avail as their close range shots clanged off the rim time and time again.    

    A buzzer-beating tip in was all that saved the Thunder from losing in regulation. Overtime, however, belonged to the Lancers.

  • Small towns are bringing sexy back

    Pop music star (and one of the best Saturday Night Live hosts in history) Justin Timberlake is not the only one bringing sexy back.

    Bardstown native Kim Huston, who just happens to be my ex-stepmother, (it's complicated) is bringing sexy back for small town USA with her new book Small Town Sexy. Her book, which is scheduled to be released this summer, explores the "new allure and appeal of living in small town America" and the "seductive charm these towns have," according to her web site smalltownsexy.com.

  • Tourism commission supports Sunday packaged alcohol sales

    Grocery, liquor and convenience stores in Nelson County could be selling packaged liquor on Sundays by this summer, and, according to some local residents, Marion County needs to follow suit or the local economy could be at stake.

  • Lebanon Middle heads to national competition

    The Lebanon Middle School archery team is taking a trip up I-65 this weekend to participate in the National Archery in the Schools Program national tournament at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

    According to the Louisville Courier-Journal, more than 5,000 elementary, middle and high school students representing 46 states will participate in the event.

    Hours for the competition are 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday. Admission is $5 each day.

  • Next superintendent introduces himself to the community

    Marion County Board of Education member Alex Ackermann introduced Donald Smith, who will be the next Marion County superintendent, before he spoke at the Marion County Industrial Foundation's First Friday Forum May 1.

    "I'd just like to give a little personal observation about Mr. Smith," she said. "He has a passion for educating children, all children."

  • Opportunities at hand

    In tough times, change is often necessary.

    And there is no question that economically things are still tough. When the economy is bad it affects everything and everyone, and that includes education.

    In response, the leadership team at Marion County High School is planning some changes.

    Unfortunately, we already know that there will be fewer teachers on the payroll next year, and that means the teachers who are left will be asked to do a little bit more.

  • Ready for the worst

    Swine flu, or H1N1, has arrived in Kentucky.

    As of Monday, the CDC was reporting that at least one Kentuckian had a confirmed case of the latest flu incarnation, and the Kentucky Department of Public Health was reporting five probable cases, the most recent of which is a 3-year-old in Hardin County.

    With more than 280 confirmed cases in the United States, national, state and local health officials have continued to stress the importance of flu prevention measures - such as washing hands regularly and covering mouths and noses when people cough or sneeze.