Local News

  • Marion County schools are closed today

    Marion County Schools are closed today, Friday, Jan. 17.

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced that schools are closed due to isolated road conditions and anticipated weather during the day.

    The Marion County Public Library will have delayed opening today due to poor driving and parking conditions. The library will open at noon today.

  • Fiscal court meets today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Request for funding for the “Chautauqua in the Schools” program

    - Proclamation of January at School Board Member Recognition Month

    - Proclamation of Jan. 17 at Rev. Tommy Calhoun Day in Marion County

  • Preschool, kindergarten registration is Jan. 24

     Marion County Public Schools kindergarten and preschool registration will be held at all elementary schools from noon to 6 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.

    If school is canceled on this day, registration will be moved to Friday, Jan. 31.

    Registration paperwork will be at the elementary school in the district in which you reside. Children who will be 5 years old on or before Oct. 1, 2014 should register for kindergarten classes. Students who are currently enrolled in the 4-year-old preschool program should also register for kindergarten.

  • Police, Secret Service investigating counterfeit bills

     The Lebanon Police and the Marion County are investigating incidents of counterfeit bills circulating in the community.

    Lebanon Police Officer Weston Kemp said he has recovered $220 in counterfeit bills. Lee’s, Little Caesar’s, US Bank, Five Star Food Mart and the Central Kentucky Industrial Tournament reported received counterfeit bills.

    Kemp said the counterfeit bills have either been $50 or $20 bills.

  • City residents, businesses reminded to post address numbers

    The City of Lebanon would like to remind residents that a city ordinance requires address numbers to be posted on all dwellings, businesses and homes within city limits. Numbers should be at least four inches tall and posted so they are easily visible from the street.
    John Thompson, the city’s building inspector, said the city wants to remind residents that the law is in place to meet requirements to implement enhanced 911. He said residents have until April 1 to post the numbers.

  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. events are today

    The United Concerned Citizens Organization and the Marion County chapter of the NAACP will be hosting events Sunday to commemorate Martin Luther King Day.
    The UCCO is hosting its annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March on Sunday, Jan. 19. Anyone interested in participating in the march should gather before 3 p.m. at the Lebanon Post Office, 101 E. Main Street.
    Everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate. For more information, call Maria A. Bell at 270-402-4917 or 270-321-4133.

  • First candidate files for county judge

    Douglas Lee Mattingly is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring in the 2014 race for Marion County judge/executive.
    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 28 to file their nomination papers for the 2014 primary elections.
    Here are the candidates who have filed so far, according the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. An (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.

    U.S. Senate
    Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville, Gurley L. Martin of Owensboro and Mitch McConnell (I)

  • Making music-al instruments

    The Kentucky Fellowship of Musicians had their hands full when they got together to assemble dulcimers from kits on Jan. 9 at Calvary Elementary School. Dulcimers are stringed instruments similar to a lap guitar but with three strings.
    The instruments will be donated on Jan. 24 to children in the Bluegrass in the Schools program sponsored by Farmers National Bank.
    Brad Lanham, who was leading the gathering, said Calvary Elementary music teacher Jessica Floyd is helping to keep one of Kentucky’s natural resources (bluegrass music) in the schools.

  • Off to state

    Marion County’s Distinguished Young Woman Bailey Spalding left for the state competition Sunday. On Friday, her family and the local Distinguished Young Woman committee hosted a send-off reception for her at the Marion County Public Library.
    The state program is Jan. 17-18 at the Singletary Center for the Arts in Lexington.

  • Show of dedication

    Members of the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard have served their country in times of war and times of peace. Today, they honor their fellow veterans by leading military funeral rites throughout Central Kentucky — no matter the weather.
    In the midst of last week’s bitter cold, the honor guard was on hand for Jan. 6 services at Lebanon National Cemetery. According to weather.com, the temperature was 0 degree Fahrenheit with a wind chill that made it feel like -20 degrees that afternoon.