Local News

  • Blind double amputee will travel through Lebanon on bike tour

     Matthew Bradford, a Kentucky native, will be traveling through Marion County as he participates in raising money for Operation Enduring Warrior on Friday.

  • Marion County Middle School addition could be complete in fall of 2020

    It will be at least a year before additions and renovations are complete at Marion County Middle School, but once the project is complete, the facility will be more equipped to handle the larger student body.

  • Stephen Rolfe Powell exhibit comes to Maker’s Mark

     An exhibition of some 43 stunning pieces created by internationally renowned glass artist Stephen Rolfe Powell – some never before displayed publicly – will greet visitors throughout the Maker’s Mark distillery in Loretto through Nov. 30. 

    This special exhibition acts as a celebration of the life and career of one of the genre’s most acclaimed, visionary and influential figures.

  • David "Squirrel" Brady passes away

    David "Squirrel" Brady, friend to Turtleman Ernie Brown Jr., and local celebrity, has passed away, according to the Marion County Coroner and Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

    Brady, famous for co-starring in the Animal Planet series, “Call of the Wildman,” was beloved to the Marion County community.

  • ‘I can do anything’

     Ever since she was a little girl, Libby Palagi dreamed of participating in the Marion County Distinguished Young Woman program. After cheering on her older sister, Jane, two years ago, it was finally time for the youngest Palagi sister to shine.

    But, she did more than shine. She won. 

    “My older sister did it, she had a great summer. She always talked about it, she had awesome memories. I wanted to experience the same thing,” said Palagi. “Growing up in Marion County, it’s a really big deal.”

  • Paving Loretto

     “Sidewalks are what make a city,” according to City of Loretto Commissioner Joshua Ballard, which is why he’s worked tirelessly for two years to secure funding for sidewalks along Loretto Highway.

    All of his hard work paid off on July 17 when the City of Loretto was awarded more than $1 million for the first phase of a sidewalk project.

  • Cell phones in the classroom

     Cell phones in the classroom have become a major distraction for students, and an ongoing battle for teachers.

    Keeping hormonal and often distracted students focused and engaged is already difficult, but cell phones have taken it to a whole new level.

    Kim Wright, a sixth grade language arts teacher at Marion County Middle School, said many of her students are getting a own cell phone for the first time, so it’s a new toy to them. And, like any new toy, it consumes their time and energy, in and out of the classroom.

  • In Brief

    Lebanon Police Department receives state grant

    A competitive state grant aimed at better equipping the Lebanon Police Department to serve and protect local citizens has been awarded by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) to the City of Lebanon. The grant, totaling $5,742 will go toward purchasing new body armor vests for local police officers. The grant is funded out of the Law Enforcement Protection Program, a state program which allocates money toward various law enforcement and public protection needs.

  • County officials disappointed over littering, vandalism

    After several items were found dumped at local recreational areas in the county, Magistrate Craig Bishop voiced his disappointment with the vandals at Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.

    “Here in the last few weeks, we have had the dumping of items at several canoe ramps,” said Magistrate Bishop. “At St. Joe, they dumped a couch. In Raywick, they dumped a bunch of tires.”

  • ‘Every student, every day’

    By Marlena Stokes

    Summer Intern


    It’s not every day you find an administrator that has his own mission statement, but Jordan Williams, the new assistant principal at the Marion County Knight Academy does. “Every student, every day’’ is his motto, and he’s excited to implement it at the start of the 2019-20 school year.