Local News

  • Hepatitis A has breached Marion County

    Hepatitis A has been the topic of concern across Kentucky as the harmful virus becomes more prevalent, spreading quickly and without discrimination, and it has now entered Marion County.  

    Several inmates being detained at the Marion County Detention Center all reported having Hepatitis A.

  • ‘EMMA! a POP musical!’ on stage at Centre Square starting this week

    Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square presents “EMMA! a POP musical!” May 17-19 and May 25-26 at 7 p.m., with a matinée on May 28 at 2:30 p.m.

    Based on Jane Austen's classic novel, this sparkling new musical is a modern retelling which features hit songs of legendary pop groups and iconic female singers from Katy Perry to The Supremes.

  • Lebanon man indicted for extortion, wanton endangerment, threatening

    William D. Rigdon, 33, of 1590 Sulphur Springs Road in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court on April 30 for theft by extortion $10,000 or more, first-degree wanton endangerment, first-degree possession of a controlled substance, 29 counts of third-degree terroristic threatening and second-degree persistent felony offender.

  • 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.