Local News

  • Higdon sends stoplight request to transportation cabinet

    State Rep. Jimmy Higdon has sent a letter to Joe Prather, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet secretary, requesting a stoplight at the intersection of the Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway and Hwy. 49.

    The Veterans Memorial Highway, also known as the Lebanon bypass, intersected Hwy. 49 near the Hampton Inn.

  • Residents urged to participate in 2010 Census

    Michelle Ellison visited the Marion County Fiscal Court Thursday to encourage county residents to participate in the 2010 Census.

    Ellison is a partnership specialist with the U.S. Census Bureau, and she will be working in the central Kentucky area as part of the census. Ellison said she will be working with city and county officials and local churches and civic organizations to encourage participation.

    The census is required by the U.S. Constitution once every 10 years. The purpose of the census is to count everyone living in the United States and its territories.

  • Marion County Junior Formal is April 17

    The first-ever Marion County Junior Formal will be held Friday, April 17, at the St. Augustine Parish Hall. This fun-filled event is open to Marion County students in grades 6-8 and is a production of the Marion County Arts & Humanities Council.

    Tickets are $8 at the gate but can be purchased in advance for only $6. Five pairs of tickets will be given away in an art contest going on now through Thursday, April 9. Students can submit a piece of their original artwork in any format-painting, photography, sculpture, literature, etc. to These Precious Things before April 9.

  • County plans to pick up dead animals

    Marion County Fiscal Court intends to begin picking up dead animals, possibly as soon as next week.

    "It looks like things are coming together where maybe we can begin the service next week," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said Monday afternoon.

  • Wrecks claim two lives

    Two separate vehicle accidents last week resulted in the death of two Marion County natives.

    On Thursday, Benedict Joseph "Benny" Ballard, 72, was killed in a collision with a garbage truck in Nelson County.

    Ballard was traveling north on KY 49 near Hall-Simpson Lane at about 10:45 a.m. when his 2002 Dodge 1500 came over a hill and was unable to stop in time, rear-ending a Nelson County Waste Management Truck that was traveling slowly on the road.

  • SB-1 will change how schools are measured

    When State Rep. Jimmy Higdon recalled serving on an education task force last summer, he said he remembered lots of disagreements among the members regarding the state education accountability system. In particular, he recalled several discussions about the merits of writing portfolios.

    "I thought there was no way on God's green earth that we would reach a compromise," Higdon said.

    In the end, however, that's exactly what happened when Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 1 into law March 26.

  • School board meeting at 7 p.m. tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, April 14. Last night, the board held a special-called meeting to discuss the finalists to become the next superintendent.

  • County judge's office closing early this weekend

    The Marion County judge/executive's office will close at 1 p.m. today, Friday, April 10, and will be closed Saturday, April 11.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly issued a press release Thursday. He also noted that sanitation crews may be running earlier than usual.

  • Lebanon City Council to meet Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13.


    According to the agenda, the council will discuss park concessions, a Relay for Life request and renewal of the city's health insurance policy.

  • In Brief

      FEMA, local officials meet again

    Federal Emergency Management Agency officials returned to Marion County March 26, to discuss what ice storm-related expenses are eligible for reimbursement from the federal government.

    The incorporated cities in the county, the Marion County Fiscal Court, the school district, all the local fire departments, both water districts, the Loretto Motherhouse (as a non-profit nursing home) and the Lebanon Housing Authority recently applied to be considered for Requests for Public Assistance from FEMA.