Local News

  • Teen Leadership Outstanding Leaders

    On April 24, Teen Leadership Marion County held its annual end-of-year banquet. At the banquet, Megan Kruse and Vedant Patel were recognized as the group’s Outstanding Leaders of 2018.

  • County’s agreement with Maker’s Mark is final

    During a three-minute special-called meeting Thursday evening, May 17, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved, for the second time, a bond resolution authorizing the issuance of industrial revenue bonds for Maker’s Mark Distillery. The vote was as follows: 

    - Magistrate John Arthur Elder III: Yes

    - Magistrate Jackie Wicker: Yes

    - Magistrate Craig Bishop: No

    - Magistrate Steve Masterson: Abstain

  • Friends honor lost kayaker - encourage lifejacket use

    Sunday, May 6, started as a carefree day amongst friends that turned into a nightmare in the blink of an eye when Anthony “Tony” Brown, went missing during a day of kayaking. 

    Brown, 28, affectionately called “Beans” by friends, had joined Jacob Kelty, Justin Davis, Jacob Noel and Jordan Reed for a day of kayaking when he fell over the Mill Dam and was pulled under by the current. 

  • ‘EMMA: a POP musical!’ opens at Centre Square

    The first showing of ‘EMMA! a POP musical!’ opened with the 8-12-year-old cast on May 17-19 at Centre Square, charming the socks off of the audience in a cute modern retelling of Jane Austen's classic novel. The show features iconic pop hits and dance numbers, showcasing the theatre’s brand new light system. 

  • Training for the worst

    Marion County Emergency Medical Services participated in a week-long training and simulated exercise scenario for the event of a mass casualty emergency. The simulated exercise involved volunteer civilians acting as victims of a mass shooting. The simulation took place at Woodlawn Baptist Church on Saturday, May 19. EMS workers were tested on casualty recovery. 

  • Memorial Day events this weekend

    The Lebanon National Cemetery will be hosting Memorial Day events this Saturday and Sunday. At 8 a.m., Saturday, all members of the public are invited to come to the cemetery and assist in decorating the graves of our military’s fallen with flags. At 2 p.m., Sunday, the traditional Memorial Day service will be held for service members and the public. 

  • Marion County Music Fest is June 8-9


    The Marion County Music Fest is a two-day festival this year, taking place June 8-9 at Johnston Field behind Centre Square in Lebanon.

    The event starts at 5 p.m. Friday, June 8. The night’s events feature America’s Got Talent finalists Linkin’ Bridge, Battle of the Bands winners Gravel Switch, 2018 International Blues Challenge semi-finalists One Shot Johnny, the Perfect Fit Band, Ann Courtney Thompson and Elizabeth Medley.

  • 2018 May Primary Election results

    Marion County voters decided to keep the old sheriff in town.
    Sheriff Jimmy Clements defeated Tony Belcher during Tuesday’s Primary Election, receiving a total of 3,200 votes. Belcher received 905 votes.  
    “I am just relieved that this is behind us, and I can get back to concentrating fully on work,” Clements said Tuesday evening after receiving the final results. “As much as anything, this election was about my staff and continuing what we’ve been doing.”

  • A family legacy

    It’s pretty common for kids to join the family business, but when it comes to the Moore family, serving and protecting the Lebanon community is a legacy, and it’s a pretty big deal.

    Officer Daylon Moore, 22, was born and raised in Lebanon, and from an early age he had aspirations to follow in his father, Lonnie Moore’s, footsteps as a Lebanon police officer.

  • Growing pains

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty summed up the fiscal court’s two-hour budget work session Saturday morning in just two words: “Growing pains.”

    While the county’s growth is proving to be phenomenal for the local unemployment rate and the local economy, it also translates to a number of obstacles for county government.