Today's News

  • Local elections offer little opposition

    There are a lot of seats for the taking this election season in Marion County, however, most of the seats have very little, if any, opposition. In some cases, there is no one currently running at all.  
    For instance, the Lebanon City Council has six seats and there are six people looking to fill them. In Bradfordsville, there are four seats, but only three people have filed. In Raywick, however, there are four seats on city council and there have been no filings. According to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, there are several ways this could play out.

  • Students cast their votes in mock election

    Students at Lebanon Middle School cast their votes in a mock election Friday using the actual voting machines that will be used by citizens of a legal age.
    Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly said it was a good experience for students to participate in the voting process.

  • Ray House Committee waits for election

    There are a lot of factors to consider when it comes to the fate of the Ray House, which stands next to Lebanon Elementary School. No one knows if it will be used by a private owner, used by the school in some capacity or if it will be destroyed. However, the Ray House Committee is doing everything it can to preserve the historic building.
    The Ray House Committee met on Oct. 13 to discuss the future of the building. School Board Chairman Mike Cecil said that the traffic around Lebanon Elementary is the biggest issue.

  • School board still sees value in student drug testing program while funding decreases

    The Marion County Heartland Safe Community Coalition began funding a drug-testing program at Marion County High School in 2011, and while those funds have decreased, somewhat, members of the Marion County Board of Education agree that the program is worth continuing.
    Initially, the coalition provided $5,000 per year to fund the student drug-testing program. This year, the coalition will only be able to provide $3,000, Board Vice Chairman Jerry Evans reported to the board during its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 13.

  • Tractor trailer overturns in Loretto, spills diesel fuel

    A semi-truck and trailer overturned in Loretto Saturday, Oct. 15, spilling thousands of gallons of diesel fuel.

  • Absentee voting is available at clerk’s office

    Absentee voting for the upcoming Nov. 8 election is available at the Marion County Clerk Office during its regular office hours of Monday through Friday 8:20 a.m. to 4:20 p.m. and on Saturdays from 8:20 a.m. to 11:50 a.m.
    Those voters that would be eligible for in house absentee voting include:
    • Voters who will be out of the county on Election Day.
    • Voters who are military, their dependents, or an overseas citizen.

  • Lebanon man arrested for growing marijuana, making moonshine and other drug charges

    Charles L. Gaddie, 36, of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday, Oct. 11, and charged with a number of drug trafficking, possession and manufacturing charges.

  • Gravel Switch man arrested for US Bank robbery

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Andrew S. Lanham, 30, of Gravel Switch Monday in connection with a robbery occurred Thursday, Oct. 6, at US Bank in Loretto.
    Lanham was charged with first-degree robbery.
    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, the ongoing investigation found evidence of Lanham’s involvement with a theft of a car at TGKY in Lebanon the morning before the robbery. Lanham was an employee at TGKY, Clements said.

  • Lebanon man arrested for growing marijuana, making moonshine and other drug charges


  • Reed wants to tackle state pension, tax reform

    Brandon Reed wants to shake things up if he gets elected as the state representative of the 24th district.
    With him comes a plethora of conservative views that fall right in line with many conventional Republicans, but his reasoning for getting into politics in the first place is anything but conventional.