Local News

  • Maker’s Mark staying 90 proof

    A little more than a week after Maker’s Mark officials announced they would reduce the alcohol-by-volume in their product, they have changed their minds.
    That means Maker’s Mark will remain 90 proof, or 45 percent alcohol.
    On Feb. 10, Maker’s Mark CEO Rob Samuels and Chairman Emeritus Bill Samuels Jr. announced that the Loretto-made bourbon would be reducing its alcohol-by-volume in an effort to meet growing demand for bourbon and for Maker’s Mark, in particular.

  • Lebanon Police have prescription drug drop box

    Marion County residents have a new option to dispose of unused prescription medicine
    Starting Feb. 20, a drop box will be placed in the lobby of the Lebanon Police Department. Anyone who would like to dispose of unwanted prescription medication is encouraged and welcome to leave it in the drop box.
    The drop box will be available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, according to the police department, 124 W. Mulberry Street.
    The following items can be placed in the drop box:
    - Expired or unwanted prescription medicine
    - Over-the-counter medicines

  • Former Senate President named special judge

    A special judge has been appointed in a Marion County civil case that was filed in 2008.
    Circuit Judge David Williams, the former president of the Kentucky Senate, has been assigned to preside over the case of Fifth Third Bank vs. Statewide Environmental Services Inc. et al. Williams replaces Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram on this case.
    This is a lawsuit filed regarding financial matters involving the Lebanon Trade Center.

  • Vandals continue to prey on SCMS

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident of criminal mischief at St. Charles Middle School.
    The sheriff’s office received a report that between Feb. 1 and 7, a person or people broke windows and damaged items inside the concession stand behind the school.
    According to Sharon “Sam” Bach, a parent volunteer at the school, the vandals kicked the door in, busted the windows out and trashed the inside of the building, including dousing it with barbecue sauce.

  • New traffic signal pattern near Wal-mart starts Thursday

    Drivers should notice a new traffic signal pattern near the Lebanon Wal-mart starting this Thursday.
    Motorists travelling west on US 68 (Campbellsville Highway) will have the ability to turn left when a yellow arrow is flashing at the entrance to the Wal-mart parking area. Transportation crews are installing signs behind the signal and changing the programming to include the flashing yellow arrow in an effort to improve traffic flow.

  • Whitfield hosting town hall meeting Feb. 21

    Congressman Ed Whitfield will host his first town hall meeting in Marion County from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21.
    The meeting will be held at Centre Square, 239 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon.
    Whitfield represents Kentucky’s First Congressional District. Marion County was added to the First Congressional District during the most recent redistricting.

  • School make-up days

    Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton announced last week that the district is currently considering using Monday, May 20 and Tuesday, May 21 as two make-up days.

    The district has two days to make up because school was out for weather and poor road conditions.

  • Committee selects Lebanon Elementary for pilot reading project

    The Marion County Board of Education announced recently that it plans to spend more money in hopes of improving the district’s reading scores.

  • History by the page

    Eula Ray Kirkland spent the last three years working on a book about the history of Bradfordsville, but the story has been centuries in the making.
    The book “Bradfordsville Kentucky Community History” is 846 pages filled with anecdotes, family histories, maps, and documentation about churches, businesses and schools that have served the community going back more than 230 years.
    When the first 400 copies of the book arrived a few weeks ago, Kirkland said she and the other members of the Bradfordsville Historical Society were more than pleased.

  • Education vocation

    Editor’s note: This is the first story in a series about the 2012 Marion County Chamber of Commerce “Outstanding” award winners.

    Paula Walston’s love for books began before she could even read.
    She vividly remembers sitting with her grandfather as a little girl and “picture reading” to him.
    But, what she didn’t realize at the time was that her grandfather was doing the exact same thing.