Local News

  • Finley man facing federal marijuana charges

    A Marion County man is facing federal charges for growing marijuana.
    Eric M. Thomas was indicted Nov. 6 in the United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky in Louisville. He has been charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing marijuana with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants, which are considered a Schedule I controlled substance. He has also been charged with knowingly using and maintaining premises for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing and using controlled substances (marijuana).

  • Man flown to Louisville after car wreck

    Daniel Mattingly, 60, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville after he was involved in a one-vehicle car accident Monday afternoon, Nov. 11.

    The accident occurred at 1 p.m., on KY 49, one mile south of Loretto, according to Kentucky State Police.

    The police report states that Mattingly was driving a 1993 Chevy north when he lost control, ran off the shoulder of the road and struck a culvert. He was not wearing his seat belt, police said.

  • Response to Fairfield carbon monoxide emergency shows value of Red Cross in times of need

    By Kristie Hamon
    Landmark News Service

    It’s common to hear of the Red Cross aiding people in times of national disasters, but the organization also works on the local level to assist those in need.
    The local chapter, which covers Nelson, Marion and Washington counties, responds to a variety of emergency situations. A recent emergency in Nelson County was an instance of carbon monoxide inside a home in Fairfield.

  • Hundreds arrested statewide in ‘Operation Black Friday’

    A joint effort by state and federal law enforcement agencies led to the arrests of hundreds of people statewide in what the Kentucky State Police dubbed “Operation Black Friday.”

  • Cookout to benefit homeless shelter

    There will be a Cattlemen's Cookout on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Lebanon Kroger from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Green River Homeless shelter, which lost its government funding due to budget cuts and is in need of help. Orders of five or more can be delivered to your workplace. Donations of baby wipes diapers, canned food, toilet paper, paper towels toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo will also be accepted.
    To place an order, to make a donation, or for more information, please call Jennifer Reynolds at 270-321-0475.

  • New school board member is appointed

    The Marion County Board of Education has a newly appointed school board member. Robert "Butch" Cecil was appointed to the Marion County Board of Education on Oct. 31 by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday. The appointment is to take effect immediately. After being sworn in, Cecil will assume the responsibilities. His first board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the board of education.

  • City conducting smoke tests of sewer system

    During November and December, the City of Lebanon will be conducting smoke tests of the city’s sewer system.
    These tests will help identify breaks and defects in the system. The smoke is non-toxic, non-staining and has no odor, according to the city. It will be white to gray in color and will not create a fire hazard.
    The smoke should not enter houses unless those houses have defective plumbing or dried up drain pipes.

  • County, MCHS to honor Veterans Day

    State Rep. Terry Mills will be the featured speaker at the 2013 Veterans Day Program at Lebanon National Cemetery.
    The program will begin at 2 p.m. Nov. 10. American Legion Post 49 and its Ladies Auxiliary, VFW Marple Caldwell Post 5910, the Marion County Honor Guard, local Boys Scouts, the Marion County JROTC, and the Marion County High School Band will be assisting with the program.
    A wreath will be presented in honor of the last local veteran interred at the Lebanon National Cemetery.

    High school program is Monday

  • Striking oil in Raywick

    Fans of the television series “Dallas” will recall that Southfork was where the fictional Ewing family made its oil fortune.
    Today, Dry Fork Road in Marion County is producing oil, and it’s real.
    “It’s like anything you’d get out of the Middle East,” said Elmer George, who owns the property in question along with Joe Paul Daugherty.
    They hired Tim Carnes and Paul Whitlow to drill a few months ago, and to date, they have shipped more then 350 barrels of oil.

  • Portraits of a parade

    Christmas was celebrated early in Gravel Switch Saturday. Representatives from The Discovery Channel were there to record the annual Christmas Parade, which is why it was held much earlier than normal. And, while Christmas is still more than a month and a half away, the holiday spirit was alive and well in Gravel Switch.