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Today's News

  • Cinema at the Square

    The Marion County Public Library held its annual Cinema at the Square event Saturday at Centre Square in Lebanon. The movie 'The Muppets' was shown outdoors on an inflatable screen, and there was also bouncies, games and food.

  • Warning signs

    For the second time this year, homemade signs were strategically placed throughout the City of Lebanon last week, warning local media outlets and law enforcement of the drug problem that exists in Marion County.

  • Fiscal court votes to keep tax rates the same, again

    While prices for groceries and gas continue to rise, Marion Countians can breathe a little easier knowing their county taxes won't follow suit.

    During its Aug. 9 meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly recommended that the county not raise taxes, and the Marion County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to keep its 2012 tax rates the same as last year.

    "We've never raised them, so I'd hate to start now," Magistrate Jackie Wicker said.

  • Murder trial set to begin Monday in Taylor County

    Darrell Ford hasn't had a full night's sleep since his brother was killed on Feb. 10, 2009.

    He's hoping that will change soon.

    That's because the murder trial for Tonya Ford, who is accused of killing Darrell's brother and her former husband, Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford, is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 20, in Taylor Circuit Court.

    Darrell said he's nervous, but relieved that the trial is finally going to proceed.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff is Top 20 Event

    The Southeast Tourism Society has named Lebanon's Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff (KBMK) to their impressive Top 20 Events listing for January - March 2013. The KBMK will take place Jan. 25-26 at the Roby Dome and feature two days of bluegrass music classes, jam sessions, and friendly competition, followed by two evening performances.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream and arts festival take center stage at Centre Square

    A fun and exciting adaptation of Shakespeare's classic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will take center stage at the Fine Arts Building at Centre Square Aug. 16-18. In conjunction with a jester, magic potions, and fairies, an arts festival will take place prior to the theatrical performance.

  • Marion County sees rise in percentage of college graduates

    Editor's note: The following is a news report on the increase of college graduates in Marion County from 1970 to 2010. The report was prepared by Bill Bishop, editor of the news site DailyYonder.com, and Robert Gallardo, an associate professor at Mississippi State's Southern Rural Development Center. The report is based on Census data and is specifically about Marion County and Kentucky.

     

  • Turtleman exhibit in the works

    Marion County is working on a new trademark, "The Buckle on the Bourbon Belt," but what people can't seem to get enough of is the Turtleman.

    According to Nicky Reynolds, executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, the Turtleman's fans keep the phones at the tourism office ringing. And people even stop in the tourism office looking for him.

  • State cracking down on pain pill abuse

    Kentucky is facing a prescription drug abuse epidemic. You've likely already heard the statistics. Approximately one thousand Kentuckians die each year - that's about three a day - from pain pill overdose. Some reports estimate that one in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who they say is struggling with prescription drug addiction.

  • Always...Patsy Cline is

    By Ken Begley

     

    Unbelievable.

    The other day Mrs. Ann Faye Sallee, my daughter Jenny's unofficial godmother, stopped by the Springfield State Bank's branch out there on Bardstown Road to see Cindy. She told Cindy that we ought to go see "Always Patsy Cline" playing down at the Opera House. Ann Faye is a devoted follower of the Central Kentucky Community Theatre and said this play is the absolute best they have ever done.