Local News

  • Committee to discuss next steps for MCPS construction projects

    The Local Planning Committee (LPC) will be meeting on Tuesday, May 22, to begin updating the Marion County Public Schools’ district facilities plan.

    The state legislature recently voted to match Marion County’s nickel revenue, and the committee will be reviewing the school district’s bonding potential, as well as discussing next steps for construction of the district’s first new school in nearly 25 years.

  • City council briefs

    The Lebanon City Council met on May 7, and approved city department budgets, discussed the city’s 2018-19 budget and also approved several upcoming initiatives.


    Notable budget approvals

  • Local tourism efforts produce positive economic impact for 2017

    Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission

    Staff report


    Tourism in Lebanon and Marion County—the Heart of Kentucky—is on a dramatic increase, and the dollars generated by tourism are on a dramatic rise, as well.

    In fact, for 2017 tourist spending in Lebanon and Marion County increased by 10.8 percent over 2016. That’s the largest single year increase in a decade.

  • Some voters’ precincts have changed

    Approximately 500 voters in Marion County have been voting at the wrong precinct, but that has been corrected just in time for the May Primary Election, which is coming up on May 22.

    According to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, he’s been working with the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to ensure that all voters were assigned to the correct voting precinct.

  • LES celebrates the Kentucky Derby

    Lebanon Elementary School celebrated the Kentucky Derby recently. Each class cheered on students as they raced to the finish line.

  • EMS to hold training/gunfire simulation Saturday

    EMS: Marion County Emergency Medical Services would like to alert the public that there will be EMS training occurring every day this week, and a simulated emergency training will take place this Saturday, May 19, from noon until 5 p.m., near Woodlawn Baptist Church.People should be aware that there will be simulated gunfire during this training and should not be alarmed, it is part of the training exercise for emergency service personnel.

  • Body of missing kayaker found

    The body of the missing kayaker from Mill Dam was found Wednesday May 9, after almost four days of searching.

    Anthony “Tony” Brown, age 28, had been missing since Sunday afternoon, May 6. Tony was kayaking with his friends, and it is believed that he fell overboard near the dam, and did not surface again.

    Marion County Search and Rescue personnel found Brown’s body around 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday.

  • Missing kayaker identified, still hasn’t been recovered

    The family of the missing kayaker has released his name to the media and surrounding communities, though he has not been found yet.

    Anthony “Tony” Brown, 28, has been missing since Sunday afternoon, May 6. Tony was kayaking with his friends, and it's believed he fell overboard near Mill Dam. His body has not surfaced yet.

    His mother, Deborah Brown, said she and her family continue to wait for the call that Tony has been found.

  • The price of progress

    The Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting room was full Thursday afternoon and tensions were high in anticipation of the court’s decision regarding its agreement with Maker’s Mark Distillery.

    Prior to any discussion or voting, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty read the following statement aloud:

  • School board votes to keep 8 teachers, cuts 2 percent raise district wide

    When looking over the budget Thursday afternoon, prior to their regular monthly meeting, the Marion County Board of Education was faced with the issue of doling out a 2 percent raise district-wide, as they had last year, or finding a way to save the almost $500,000 it would take to keep approximately eight teachers from losing their jobs.