Today's News

  • New school board member is appointed

    The Marion County Board of Education has a newly appointed school board member. Robert "Butch" Cecil was appointed to the Marion County Board of Education on Oct. 31 by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday. The appointment is to take effect immediately. After being sworn in, Cecil will assume the responsibilities. His first board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the board of education.

  • City conducting smoke tests of sewer system

    During November and December, the City of Lebanon will be conducting smoke tests of the city’s sewer system.
    These tests will help identify breaks and defects in the system. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and has no odor, according to the city. It will be white to gray in color and will not create a fire hazard.
    The smoke should not enter houses unless those houses have defective plumbing or dried up drain pipes.

  • County, MCHS to honor Veterans Day

    State Rep. Terry Mills will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Veterans Day Program at Lebanon National Cemetery.
    The program will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 10. American Legion Post 49 and its Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Marple Caldwell Post 5910, the Marion County Honor Guard, local Boys Scouts, the Marion County JROTC, and the Marion County High School Band will be assisting with the program.
    A wreath will be presented in honor of the last local veteran interred at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    High school program is Monday

  • Striking oil in Raywick

    Fans of the television series “Dallas” will recall that Southfork was where the fictional Ewing family made its oil fortune.
    Today, Dry Fork Road in Marion County is producing oil, and it’s real.
    “It’s like anything you’d get out of the Middle East,” said Elmer George, who owns the property in question along with Joe Paul Daugherty.
    They hired Tim Carnes and Paul Whitlow to drill a few months ago, and to date, they have shipped more then 350 barrels of oil.

  • Portraits of a parade

    Christmas was celebrated early in Gravel Switch Saturday. Representatives from The Discovery Channel were there to record the annual Christmas Parade, which is why it was held much earlier than normal. And, while Christmas is still more than a month and a half away, the holiday spirit was alive and well in Gravel Switch.

  • Lebanon Career Center named 2013 Supporting Industry of the Year

    The Lebanon Career Center was named the 2013 Marion County Supporting Industry of the Year Friday at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet.
    “This local organization has the reputation of being the best in the Commonwealth,” Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund said.

  • Angell-Demmel named 2013 Industry of the Year

    It wasn’t long ago when the Marion County Economic Development Office feared the community might lose Angell-Demmel North America. Fortunately, that didn’t happen, and Friday it was named the 2013 Marion County Industry of the Year at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet.
    Since 1965, Angell-Demmel has been making decorative trim for the automotive, home appliance and consumer electronics industries.

  • Martha Layne Collins gives Marion County a pep talk

    Former Kentucky Governor Martha Layne Collins came to Marion County Friday to reminisce.
    And to brag on the community.
    And to enjoy one of the ribeyes cooked up by the Marion County Cattlemen.
    Collins was the featured speaker during the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet at the David R. Hourigan Government Center, and she fondly spoke about her visits to Marion County during the early 1980s when she was elected governor. She congratulated the community on its accomplishments, but said there is always room to improve.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline offering six figures for land rights in Franklin County

    By Ryan Quinn
    Frankfort State Journal

    In the roughly two months before state legislators reconvene in January to consider bills that could block the Bluegrass Pipeline, the companies involved in the project are nailing down easements — and opponents are meticulously trying to track their progress.

  • Petitioners continue pipeline fight

    Officials with Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners have started acquiring easements in neighboring counties for the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline.
    Meanwhile, Kinder Morgan and MarkWest Utica have joined forces on a competing project to bring natural gas liquids from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia to the Gulf of Mexico.
    But opponents of NGL pipelines aren’t ready to give up the fight just yet.