Today's News

  • School board unanimously approves recallable nickel

    It was standing room only at the Marion County Board of Education’s special-called meeting Thursday evening, March 31, when the board unanimously passed the recallable nickel.
    “It’s going to cost us $40 million to upgrade our facilities,” Board Member Kaelin Reed said during Thursday’s meeting. “The only way for the foreseeable future that we can do this is by segregating funds with the nickel tax. Is this a plan of last resort? Yes. We are at that point. We are at that point to take a drastic measure.”

  • New MCHS band director is hired

    Marion County High School has hired a new band director.
    MCHS Principal Michael Abell sent an email Thursday afternoon, March 31, announcing that Daniel Beams has been hired to fill the position, which was left vacant after Curtis Bennett resigned in February after being accused of inappropriate activity with a female student.
    Beams is a graduate of Campbellsville University and previously held positions as the coordinator of the 21st Century Community Learning Center in Lebanon and middle school band director at LaRue County Middle School.

  • Aviation fascination

    Michael Riensche’s love for aviation began when he was a kid growing up in Lincoln, Nebraska. His dad worked as a police officer at an airport there, and he and his mother would go out to the airport often and watch the airplanes take off.
    “It was always fascinating to me,” Riensche said.

  • Special-called school board meeting Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education will be holding a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 31, at the administration building located at 755 East Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda includes:

  • 30 more days to pay delinquent garbage accounts

    If you haven’t paid your delinquent trash bills, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty is going to give you a 30-day extension to pay up. If you still refuse to pay, you could end up in court.

  • Tourism commission discusses possible move to Main Street

    The former Marion County Courthouse on Main Street, which currently houses the Marion County Heritage Center, has become a financial drain on the county. But, according to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Chairman James Spragens, a partnership between the county and the tourism commission could potentially alleviate that financial burden and add more life to downtown in the process.

  • Campbellsville mother, daughter die in car accident

    By Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    A two-vehicle accident early Monday morning, March 21, claimed the lives of a Campbellsville mother and her daughter and injured a Buffalo woman.
    LaRue County Coroner Brad Turner identified the deceased as Ashley Brooke Moore, 32, and her 9-year-old daughter, Brooklyn Layne Carothers, a fourth-grader at Taylor County Elementary School. Both were pronounced dead at the scene. Ashley Brooke Moore was an employee at Curtis-Maruyasu America, Inc. in Lebanon.

  • Reading garden project in the works

    “If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need.” - Marcus Tullius Cicero

    If you believe that quote to be true, you’ll be thrilled with the Marion County Public Library’s latest project – a reading garden.
    With the help of students at the Marion County Area Technology Center, the library will be constructing a reading garden on its property in the very near future.

  • Red Cross needs type O negative blood

    The American Red Cross has a significant need for type O negative blood donors to donate blood for patients.
    Type O negative blood can be transfused to patients with any blood type and is often used in emergency situations. While less than 7 percent of the U.S. population has type O negative blood, hospitals depend on frequent O negative donations to ensure it’s always available for patients in need.

  • Non-traditional student beats the odds to pursue bachelor’s degree

    By Jesse Osbourne
    Director of Communications
    St. Catharine College

    Over 25 years ago, Chrissy Hardin dreamed of going to college and helping troubled children. 
    “With no money for college, I just went on with life,” Hardin said. “And as life happened, my dream went farther and farther away.”
    Hardin, originally from Balltown, said she always wanted to go to college after high school. A tragedy at the age of 11 would change the trajectory of her life, however.