Local News

  • The Dream Bus

    The Marion County Public Schools’ Dream Bus visits the Maple Street Apartments each Friday. In its third year of operation, the Dream Bus is seeing a significant increase in the number of children taking advantage of its summer educational and recreational opportunities as well as its summer meals. During its stops, the Dream Bus is open to all children, regardless of location, and provides free meals, lessons and activities. 

    The Dream Bus schedule for this summer is:


  • Cracking down on cigarettes

    “Kentucky has the highest mortality rate from cancer in the country,” said Ben Chandler, president and CEO of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. “Now, I don’t know how you all feel about it, but I find that to be utterly and totally unacceptable. I think that is something we just have to do something about.”

    Chandler spoke at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce luncheon on June 28, asking for support in implementing tax on cigarette sales and banning smoking in indoor public places. 

  • Man indicted for murder denied bond reduction

    Marion Circuit Court Judge Samuel T. Spalding denied a motion to reduce the bond for Howard K. Summers, 45, of Lebanon who was arrested on June 4 and charged with murder, tampering with physical evidence and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon. He’s believed to be responsible for the death of his wife, Susanne Diane Summers, on Dec. 25, 2014. 

  • Lebanon man sentenced to 35 years for sex abuse, rape
  • Campbellsville man sentenced to 15 years for a string of charges
  • Raywick man serving 13 years for manslaughter

    A Raywick man, who was involved in a head-on fatal collision in St. Joe in January of 2016, is currently serving 13 years in jail.

    According to court records filed in the Marion Circuit Clerk’s Office on May 30, Joshua D. Owen, 36, of 2927 St. Joe Road in Raywick pled guilty to second-degree manslaughter, first-degree wanton endangerment and first-degree DUI. He admitted to driving under the influence of drugs.

    Owen was originally charged with murder.

  • More money raised at Relay for Life this year

    Approximately $16,000-$18,000 was raised at this year’s Relay for Life event, which was hosted at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport Saturday.

    “(Everything went) wonderful,” Samantha Wilson, a representative with the American Cancer Society, said. “The weather was beautiful. People looked like they were having fun. It was all around a great event.”

  • Lebanon man arrested for assault

    Robert D. Abell, 22, of Lebanon was arrested Sunday evening after allegedly assaulting two people and a deputy sheriff.

    Abell was arrested by Marion County Deputy Sheriff Ben Lancaster at 11:45 p.m. at 114 Junior Fields Road in Raywick. Deputy Lancaster responded to a complaint at that address and found two people had been assaulted by Abell and had sustained serious injuries. Abell also assaulted Deputy Lancaster during the arrest and caused damage to his cruiser. 

  • Loretto man still missing a year later

    Gary T. Tacey, 53, who was reported missing by his girlfriend on June 23, 2017, is still missing.

    Tacey was last seen on June 19 at his home at 60 Paul Brady Road near Loretto.

    In July of last year, local law enforcement, along with search and rescue personnel and two teams of canine cadaver dogs, completed a two-day search of a 140-acre farm property in Loretto, but there were no results from that search.

  • It’s officially summer and time for the Marion County Fair

    The 2018 Marion County Fair is already underway, but it really kicks off next week.

    Lisa Kearnes, who oversees marketing for the fair, said there would be plenty of great attractions to keep people entertained throughout the week.