Local News

  • Chief Brady recommends further action on LES traffic issue

     Recent changes by the Marion County Public School System to improve traffic flow at Lebanon Elementary School still need some work, Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady reported to the Lebanon City Council on Aug. 13.

    He recommended further action to relieve the amount of traffic that accumulates during student pick up and drop off.

    “I have been hearing complaints that traffic is backing up all the way to Benningfield Grocery over on Chandler Street,” said Brady. “It is an inconvenience for some of the residents in the area.”

  • MCPS adds safety updates throughout district

    Marion County Public Schools has seen a variety of safety updates throughout the district since the 2017-18 school year ended, and MCPS Superintendent Taylora Schlosser wants parents to be aware of those changes.

  • Loretto man indicted for incest, rape, sex abuse and sodomy

     Joshua W. Calvert, 22, of 5840 Holy Cross Road in Loretto was indicted in Marion Circuit Court on Aug. 6 for four counts of incest (minor), four counts of first-degree rape involving two victims (minors), first-degree sodomy, intimidating a witness in the legal process, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse (minor) and first-degree persistent felony offender. 

  • Lebanon woman denies stealing thousands from church

     A Lebanon woman has denied allegations that she stole thousands of dollars from a local church.

    On July 6, a complaint was filed in Marion Circuit Court on behalf of Beechfork Baptist Church in Gravel Switch, alleging that former bookkeeper Connie Tungate embezzled thousands of dollars from the church over the past several years.

  • Road to recovery

     John Cox, a man known for his aviation profession and local martial arts studio, is currently undergoing a long journey of rehabilitation and therapy after he and his wife, Terri, were in a terrible car accident on June 16. 

    John and Terri had been spending the day in Bardstown with family and were on their way home when their vehicle was hit head-on. 

  • 'We can't hire a police officer'

     Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the Marion County Board of Education haven’t given up on expanding its school resource officer program by adding an additional officer to serve schools outside the city limits.

    But, because the school board can’t hire an officer, it needs Marion County Fiscal Court’s support to make it happen.

    Schlosser and MCPS representatives have attended two fiscal court meetings regarding the request, but so far, the fiscal court hasn’t approved it.

  • Lightning strikes, destroys St. Joe home

     A lightning strike destroyed the home of Terry and Crystal Smith of St. Joe on Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, after storms passed through the area.

    Raywick Fire Department received the call around 7 p.m. and arrived at the scene within 20 minutes. The Smiths and their five-year-old granddaughter were able to evacuate the home.

    “My granddaughter was upstairs playing with my husband, and I was downstairs watching television,” said Crystal.

  • Luau fundraiser is Aug. 18

     A luau fundraiser – featuring the Monarchs - will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Marion Barn in Lebanon. The event is being held in loving memory of Sister Mary Lois Speaks, and all proceeds will benefit the Marion County Good Samaritans. 

    Doors will open at 5 p.m. Local favorites Magnolia Vale will be performing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the Monarchs will take the stage at 8 p.m.

    Cost is $20 per person. Call Phyllis Troutman at 270-699-6360 for tickets. The Marion County Cattlemen will be providing food and drinks.

  • Red Cross urgently needs blood donations

     As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

    A blood drive will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Farmers National Bank, 2160 Campbellsville Road, Lebanon.

    A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O. 

  • The fine line between graffiti and art

    Downtown Lebanon now proudly boasts three murals commissioned by the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, but there’s a fourth mural located within city limits that’s under scrutiny by the city. 

    For the past year, there has been an ongoing mural project at a residence on Woodlawn Avenue, spearheaded by the current renter of the home, Deanna Rupa.