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Today's News

  • Hearing rescheduled for alleged shooter of Deputy Anthony Rakes

    The man accused of murdering Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes has not yet decided if he will accept a plea agreement offer from the Commonwealth’s Attorney.
    Dewayne Shipp, 50, was originally scheduled to have a hearing Dec. 5 in Marion Circuit Court, but that hearing has been rescheduled for Dec. 13.
    The Commonwealth’s Attorney made the offer to Shipp on Nov. 21, according to court records, but the details of that offer are not yet available.

  • Teen dies in car wreck

    A 2013 graduate of Marion County High School died Friday following an accident on Danville Highway.
    Colin Whitfill, 19, of Lebanon was the passenger in a vehicle that overturned around noon Dec. 6 on US 68, approximately three miles east of Lebanon.
    Whitfill was transported to Spring View Hospital following the accident. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:33 p.m. by the Marion County coroner.

  • Wreaths to remember

    This Saturday, scores of volunteers will help place more than 1,000 wreaths on graves at Lebanon National Cemetery to honor deceased veterans.
    The Lebanon National Cemetery is just one of many locations that will be part of Wreaths Across America at noon Saturday, Dec. 14.
    “Just come out and help us honor our fallen heroes,” said Hayden Johnson, who is helping coordinate the local event.
    Johnson said volunteers placed between 700 and 800 wreaths last year, and he expects they will have more than 1,000 wreaths this year.

  • This is art, you blockhead!

    I walked into a sixth grade classroom last week and I counted at least four students who I had recently watched perform on stage at Angelic Hall.
    “Isn’t that something,” I thought. These children are starring in musicals and plays in their hometown. How cool is that?
    I’ll answer that question for you - it’s very cool.

  • Christmas greetings

    We find ourselves close to Christmas again, the time of year signifying an end and a beginning. An end to a year that culminates with this celebration of Christmas, and a look ahead to the new year full of promise and possibilities. 
    However, it feels like we just got up from the Thanksgiving table, with the holiday so much later in November this year. With this shorter time period between the two holidays, time is even more precious than usual, and fulfilling obligations to work, family, friends and community are more difficult, often causing more stress.

  • Hometown help for the island of Izu Oshima

    By Lee Ransdell

    Izu Oshima is an island that represents small town Japan. It is a community of nine thousand people living quieter lives than those in the nearby big city of Tokyo. There are no big department stores. There are no fast food restaurants. Instead, there are small family run restaurants and stores. These are places everyone goes to and runs into friends and family. Like the small towns that define Marion County, community is very important to the people of Izu Oshima.

  • A preview of the 2014 legislative session

    Toward the end of each fall, the General Assembly’s administrative staff takes a closer look at some of the issues it thinks could be debated during the upcoming legislative session, which in 2014 begins on Jan. 7 and runs through mid-April.
    While it is too soon to say how many of the nearly four dozen topics in this year’s publication will be on the House and Senate’s agenda, this early preview nonetheless serves as a handy reference for legislators and the public alike.

  • No parade, but other holiday events still happening

    The Lebanon Main Street Committee has cancelled the Dickens Christmas parade this evening, but other Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival events are still taking place.

    After the tree lighting at 5:30 p.m. in front of the Marion County Heritage Center, Santa will be inside to visit with children and pose for photos from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Also, an arts and crafts fair is going on in the heritage center at the same time.

  • 2013 MCHS grad dies in Danville Highway accident

    A 2013 graduate of Marion County High School died Friday following an accident on Danville Highway.

    Colin Whitfill, 19, of Lebanon was the passenger in a vehicle that overturned around noon Dec. 6 on US 68 approximately three miles east of Lebanon.

    Whitfill was transported to Spring View Hospital following the accident. He was pronounced dead at the hospital at 1:33 p.m. by the Marion County coroner.

  • Dec. 6 boys basketball game has been cancelled

    Due to inclement weather the Marion County basketball game tonight versus Russell County has been cancelled, according to Marion County Athletic Director Robby Peterson.