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  • Public forum about school facilities to be held Aug. 22

    The Local Planning Committee (LPC) of the Marion County Board of Education will host a public forum followed by a meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 22, at the Marion County Knight Academy.

    In May, the LPC approved a new draft facilities plan, which includes:

    • A major renovation/addition at Calvary Elementary School;

    • Major renovations at Marion County High School, including building an eighth grade/ninth grade wing; and

  • Hay barn burns down Saturday morning

    A hay barn went up in flames in the early hours of Saturday, and the fire was likely caused by green hay that had combusted, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

    Lebanon Fire Department, Marion County EMS and the American Red Cross responded to the barn fire located at 135 Old Springfield Road in Lebanon at approximately 5:30 a.m. 

  • Still fighting

    A Gravel Switch firefighter is in the fight for his life against stage-three stomach cancer, but thankfully, his family and fellow first responders are standing strongly beside him.

    Johnny Brady, 42, has been a firefighter and carpenter for more than 10 years. Devoted to his jobs, Johnny proudly provided for his family and gave back to the community he so loves. However, after having his gallbladder removed, Johnny fell ill in January and discovered he has stage-three stomach cancer. It has since spread to his stomach, esophagus and a small part of his liver. 

  • David "Squirrel" Brady passes away

    David "Squirrel" Brady, friend to Turtleman Ernie Brown Jr., and local celebrity, has passed away, according to the Marion County Coroner and Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brady, 58, famous for co-starring in the Animal Planet series, “Call of the Wildman,” was beloved to the Marion County community. He passed away on Aug. 8, but details surrounding Brady’s death have not been released. The cause of death is under investigation with the Kentucky State Police, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.

  • Loretto man injured on motorcycle
  • Blind double amputee will travel through Lebanon on bike tour

     Matthew Bradford, a Kentucky native, will be traveling through Marion County as he participates in raising money for Operation Enduring Warrior on Friday.

  • Marion County Middle School addition could be complete in fall of 2020

    It will be at least a year before additions and renovations are complete at Marion County Middle School, but once the project is complete, the facility will be more equipped to handle the larger student body.

  • Stephen Rolfe Powell exhibit comes to Maker’s Mark

     An exhibition of some 43 stunning pieces created by internationally renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell – some never before displayed publicly – will greet visitors throughout the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto through Nov. 30. 

    This special exhibition acts as a celebration of the life and career of one of the genre’s most acclaimed, visionary and influential figures.

  • David "Squirrel" Brady passes away

    David "Squirrel" Brady, friend to Turtleman Ernie Brown Jr., and local celebrity, has passed away, according to the Marion County Coroner and Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brady, famous for co-starring in the Animal Planet series, “Call of the Wildman,” was beloved to the Marion County community.

  • ‘I can do anything’

     Ever since she was a little girl, Libby Palagi dreamed of participating in the Marion County Distinguished Young Woman program. After cheering on her older sister, Jane, two years ago, it was finally time for the youngest Palagi sister to shine.

    But, she did more than shine. She won. 

    “My older sister did it, she had a great summer. She always talked about it, she had awesome memories. I wanted to experience the same thing,” said Palagi. “Growing up in Marion County, it’s a really big deal.”