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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • New Lebanon Elementary School principal hired

    James “Jim” Freeman will be the new principal at Lebanon Elementary School. The LES site-based decision making council made its recommendation Tuesday evening and Freeman accepted the position.
    Freeman currently works as a Leadership Development Specialist for the Kentucky Department of Education. Previously, he was a principal at West Jessamine Middle School, and an assistant principal and athletics director at Garrard County High School.

  • Residents urge county to do something about nuisance properties

    For years now, the Marion County Fiscal Court has been hearing from local residents regarding the need for a nuisance ordinance to address property eyesores and potential health hazards throughout the county. And, time and time again, magistrates discuss the problems, but nothing happens.

    Last week, it was more of the same when Sergeant J.W. Sullivan attended the fiscal court’s meeting on May 17 to express his concerns regarding nuisance properties and animal control.

  • Robey retires from Community Action, Goode takes over

    Lynne B. Robey is wrapping up an impressive 24 years with the Central Kentucky Community Action Council, five years as executive director, and is ready to hand the reins over to a new director.  

  • 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. 

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.