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Today's News

  • Bradfordsville Christmas in the Country drawing near

    It's almost time for Bradfordsville's annual Christmas in the Country celebration.

    Judging for the best decorated house and business in the Bradfordsville area will take place Nov. 30. Participants should make sure their lights are on between 6 and 9 p.m.

    For more information about the decorating contest, call Amy or Kevin at (270) 337-4911.

  • The hero

    "The hero."
    I got goose bumps every time I heard those two words Saturday during Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes' funeral.
    Anytime an officer referred to Deputy Rakes, he or she wouldn't say his name. Instead, they would say, "the hero."

  • Corrections and Clarifications, Nov. 21

    In last week's edition, a photo misidentified the Glasscock Elementary School "Mallet Madness" group as the West Marion Elementary School Choir.

  • Heavy Hearts

    Marion County is reeling.
    On Saturday,  we said goodbye to Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes, who was killed in the line of duty early Nov. 14. Rakes was living a lifelong dream of working in law enforcement.
    Rakes' death would be enough to leave us saddened, but his death was one of a string of tragic events that have plagued our county over the last two weeks.

  • Christmas in the Park is tonight

    Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon will be all aglow Wednesday, Nov. 21, when hundreds of holiday displays and lights will be turned on for the annual Christmas in the Park event.

    The event officially begins at 6:30 p.m., with free cookies, popcorn and hot chocolate. The lighting of the park will occur at 7 p.m. Santa Claus will arrive, in style on one of Lebanon's finest fire trucks, at 7:15 p.m. The event will end at 8 p.m.

  • Pride, prayers and support

    By John G. Mattingly
    Marion County Judge/Executive

    There is no way to make it right, you can't explain it, a senseless act of violence will change a community like no other event. The tragic death of Deputy Carl Anthony Rakes last week shocked the Marion County community to its very core. It is a shame that it takes a real tragedy to bring a community together. Marion County showed how much they can and do care about their fellow citizens, and especially those who seek to protect them on a daily basis.

  • Dickens Christmas is Friday

    The annual Dickens Christmas celebration returns to downtown Lebanon on Friday, Nov. 23. The Lebanon Main Street and Marion County Chamber of Commerce are once again hosting the celebration.

    The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

    The Dickens Christmas parade will take place at 7 p.m. with Santa Claus as the grand marshal. After the parade, Santa will be available at Joe's Deli on Main for pictures.

  • Loretto Christmas Parade

    There will be a Christmas Parade on Friday, Nov. 30, in Loretto. A tree lighting will take place at the post office parking lot at 5:45 p.m., and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at Loretto City Hall and end at the car wash. Following the parade will be refreshments and photos with Santa at Loretto City Hall.

  • A time to be thankful

    This week, as we turn our focus to family, food and - for some - football, now is the ideal time to pause for a moment to recall all for which we are thankful.
    At the state level, the good news is that some silver linings have begun to shine through after several especially tough years.
    The 12 months between Sept. 2011 and 2012, for example, saw Kentucky add 47,000 jobs - our highest year-to-year total since 2000. Only South Dakota had a larger percentage increase during the same 12-month period.

  • New melodrama opens this weekend

    Kentucky Classic Theatre is back with another new, old-fashioned melodrama for the holiday season. Performances of "The Desperate Director," written by G.B. Dixon and Dave Chappelle, will coincide with this weekend's Dickens Christmas and the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival the following week.

    "The Desperate Director" will be performed Nov. 23, 24 and 30 and Dec. 1 in Angelic Hall in the Centre Square Fine Arts Building. All performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.