Local News

  • Marion County is weathering the storm

    Judge/Executive David Daugherty said Marion County is facing challenges in the coming year, but believes the community will be able to weather the storm against pension reform. 

    “Last year I said I thought this was one of the best places to raise a family, and that hasn’t changed a bit and I still think we live in a great community,” Daugherty said. 

    However, there are some challenges ahead for the future of the county with the proposed state pension reform.

  • Students create fine art exhibit

    Lebanon Elementary School students take a page from the master after learning about the glass artwork created by world-renowned artist Dale Chihuly and creating their own inspired art pieces.

    Chihuly’s art was on display at Maker’s Mark Distillery last year. Visual and Media Arts Teacher Charles Ramey led his students in creating colored paper sculptures inspired by Chihuly’s work. 

  • ACT smack down

    Marion County High School staff and teachers dressed up as wacky WWE wrestlers and entourage to put on a show for the junior class who were preparing for the ACT last week.

    The WWE themed pep rally was held on March 19th to motivate the students who were taking the test the following day, as well as giving other students a chance to see how important the test is.

  • Lebanon woman to walk in the Survivors Parade at Kentucky Oaks

    Mimi Crum of Lebanon is one of 144 Kentucky women who will be honored during the 2018 Kentucky Oaks Survivors Parade on Friday, May 4, Oaks Day, at Churchill Downs in Louisville.

    This is the 10th year for the Survivors Parade. Nearly 300 survivors of breast and ovarian cancer were nominated to walk in the parade this year. The breast and ovarian cancer survivors will walk in the parade prior to the 144th running of the Longines Kentucky Oaks race. 

  • Limestone Branch Distillery to host Kentucky Craft Spirits Festival on April 14

    It’s a new event with a new concept: Bring together some of the best in craft bourbon distilling, craft beer making, and craft wine-making, all in one place.

    Limestone Branch Distillery will host its first-ever Kentucky Craft Spirits Festival for craft bourbon, beer and wine enthusiasts on April 14. The festival will be held on the grounds at Limestone Branch Distillery in Lebanon. 

  • Annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival set for April 14

    The Annual Maker’s Mark Handcraft Festival takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 14, 2018, near Lebanon in the heart of Kentucky. Self-guided tours, food, cocktail samples and live music are part of the event, which showcases some of the finest handpicked arts-and-craft vendors set up on the grounds of this National Landmark distillery. See details at https://visitlebanonky.com/events/makers-mark-handcraft-festival.


    Family-friendly festival

  • ‘It’s cheaper to keep her’

    In fear of losing Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser to a neighboring school district, the Marion County Board of Education voted, 3-2, to amend her contract and increase her salary during a special-called meeting Wednesday afternoon.
    “For lack of better words, it’s cheaper to keep her,” Board Chairman Butch Cecil said during the meeting.
    Cecil, along with Board Members Peggy Downs and Brad Cox, voted in favor of the amended contract. Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed and Board Member Carrie Truitt voted against it.

  • Lebanon man arrested for rape, assault, burglary

    Emmett Lee Cowherd, 54, of Lebanon was arrested Tuesday, March 27, and charged with rape, assault and burglary.
    According to a media release from the Lebanon Police Department, at 12:04 p.m., Lebanon Police Officers arrested Cowherd, and he’s been charged with first-degree rape, first-degree burglary, second-degree assault and first-degree persistent felony offender. His arrest is based on an incident that occurred in Hardin Place on March 4.
    Cowherd is currently lodged in the Marion County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond.

  • Former sheriff passes away

    Former Marion County Sheriff Carroll Kirkland, 69, passed away Sunday, March 18, from complications of throat cancer and pneumonia.  

    Kirkland began serving Marion County as a sheriff’s deputy in 1981. He became sheriff in 1996, and continued serving the county in that role until 2011. 

    He was a “mighty fine man,” according to one of his very good friends, Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

  • Not backing down

    Local educators and their supporters took to the streets last week to show their disapproval of Senate Bill 1, which would cut pensions for teachers and state workers. On Thursday, March 15, the Marion County Education Association, teachers, education staff, supporters and students gathered at Lebanon Elementary School to march in protest against the cuts. 

    Greg Conley, Project Lead the Way Teacher at Marion County High School, was present at the march to stand alongside his colleagues in opposition of the bill.