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  • Meet Dyxie

    Dyxie Bay, the youngest sister of Layla Spring, captured the hearts of viewers when she accompanied Spring on her American Idol audition. Bay, who sang for the judges as well, even received a golden ticket for 2026. Despite her burst of fame, Bay is still a fun-loving kid at heart, devoted to her family, making slime, and of course, singing. 

  • Meet Jaycee

    Jaycee River, the middle sister between Layla and Dyxie, is the glue that holds everyone together. 

    She’s the makeup artist, hair stylist, and social media connoisseur for Team Layla — the one everyone says they couldn’t make it without.

    Jaycee, 14, who prefers to work behind the scenes — loves supporting her sisters and getting to experience their journey alongside them. 

  • Turtleman’s advice

    Ernie “Turtleman” Brown Jr., a Lebanon native, and known for his previous Animal Planet show, “Call of The Wildman”, recently connected with Layla Spring in her down-time between American Idol broadcasts, and has made sure to be a source of support for her. 

  • Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival

    The sixth-annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival returned on Saturday, April 14, drawing in crowds from all over despite the inclement weather. 

  • Early dismissal of Marion County students for Friday April 13

    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced Wednesday afternoon that she has elected to dismiss students early this Friday, in order to allow teachers and staff the opportunity to travel to Frankfort in wake of pension reform bill.

  • Tri-County Kentucky United Way announces 2018 funding

    The Tri-County Kentucky United Way’s Allocations Committee, which is comprised of local volunteers, reviewed grant applications, visited agencies that requested funding, and met to discuss how to effectively and efficiently allocate the funds donated in 2017 for the 2018 calendar year.

    Tri-County Kentucky United Way is happy to announce that $200,000 has been allocated to 35 programs in Marion, Nelson and Washington counties for 2018.  

  • Dwindling dairies

    Two Marion County dairy farms are being forced to not only reconsider their business, but their way of life, after Dean Foods ended their milk-buying contracts.

    Mark and Debby Mattingly, and brothers Michael and Brent Masterson are currently searching for a new company to sell their milk to, with a very short window of time left before their contract expires. 

  • Over a barrel

    It’s the multi-million dollar question that’s on the minds of many Marion Countians … Is Maker’s Mark Distillery going to build more warehouses? And, if so, where?

    Last year, Maker’s Mark CEO Rob Samuels attended the Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting on Dec. 21, 2017, and asked the county for industrial revenue bonds to build additional warehouses. The court hasn’t publicly discussed Samuels’ request since then. 

  • Exciting improvements for Marion County Public Library on the horizon

    Marion County Public Library staff shared details about the new innovative features the new library will offer to the public in the fall during the Marion County Economic Development Office’s First Friday Forum on April 6.

    Amy Morgeson, director of the Marion County Public Library, said improvements to the library have been 24 years in the making, with years of planning, and an application for a grant to make everything possible. 

  • Free trees on Earth Day

    The Marion County Conservation District will celebrate Earth Day on Friday, April 20.

    In 1970, Earth Day was created and this holiday helps make people more aware of environmental concerns and issues. In celebration of this holiday, the Marion County Conservation District will be giving away free trees to the public beginning at 9 a.m. on Friday, April 20. Trees will be given away until they are all gone. The species of trees available will be pecan, pin oak, eastern redbud, wild plum, white pine and silky dogwood.