Today's News

  • From English teacher to author

     Troy Costisick would call it being in the right place at the right time when he sat in on an inspiring lecture between an author and his students more than three years ago.

    “Writing a book hadn’t really occurred to me,” said Costisick. “An author came to speak to students here at the library, Courtney C. Stevens. She wrote a book called ‘Faking Normal.’ She was very inspirational. One of the things she said was if you want to accomplish something in life, start working toward it now.”

  • Lebanon woman accused of vandalizing St. Charles Church property

     A Lebanon woman has been charged with first-degree criminal mischief after allegedly causing serious damage on the grounds of St. Charles Church on March 9.

    Deanna Rupa, 50, was arrested by Lebanon Police on March 13. According to Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Jeff Caldwell, Rupa unlawfully defaced, destroyed or damaged 12 dogwood trees, made tracks on the property, put graffiti on pavement at the church’s graveyard lot area, and put items of clothing and decals in trees, allegedly causing $3,270 in damage.

  • MCPS facing tough decisions on school facilities

     School facilities continue to be a key topic of discussion in Marion County, and big decisions will be made in the coming months regarding possible new construction, as well as renovation of current facilities.

  • Junior Mister returns Saturday, March 23

     Junior Mister is returning this Saturday, and it’s expected to be a night full of laughs for a good cause.

    The 14th annual Jr. Mister will begin at 7 p.m., March 23, at Marion County High School. This year’s event, hosted by the MCHS Beta Club, features 13 MCHS male students performing fitness, talent and poise routines modeled after the Distinguished Young Women competition. 

    Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and St. Jude Hospital, two organizations that have benefited local students.

  • Beautify Loretto Inc. seeking input from community

     The Beautify Loretto Committee is inviting the residents and businesses of the City of Loretto to its upcoming public meeting, which will be held at 6 p.m., Monday, March 25, at Loretto City Hall, 72 School Drive, Loretto.

    Beautify Loretto Inc. is currently developing a strategic plan to outline a framework of initiatives that promote the further beautification of the city and enrich the lives of its residents.

  • Tourism commission approves funding for Fair Fest

     The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission recently voted to provide $4,000 in funding for this year’s Fair Fest.

    Betty Bradshaw came before the tourism commission on March 11 on behalf of the Marion County Fair Association to apply for special event funding for 2019 Fair Fest. 

    The event will take place June 29 at the Marion County Fairgrounds. 

    The association requested $4,000 for the event, which the commission unanimously voted to fully fund.

  • Possible progress with former sewing factory property

     Lebanon City Administrator John O. Thomas informed the Lebanon City Council during its meeting March 11 that there’s been some progress in with the abandoned building located on 405 Springfield Highway, which used to be the site of the Jane and Linda sewing factory. 

  • School board briefs

    The Marion County Board of Education held its regular monthly meeting Thursday, March 14. The following are news briefs from that meeting:


    Superintendent’s report

    The following are portions of Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser’s report:

    - The Marion County Public School System will be hosting its annual Spring Summit on Thursday, April 25, at Centre Square in Lebanon.

  • Library grand opening
  • Good and faithful servant

     Brad Lanham is just one person, but he plays many parts. 

    He’s a brother, a husband, a father, a grandfather, a business owner, a volunteer, a musician, a friend.

    But, above all, he’s a man of faith.

    Sitting in his cozy home near the Lebanon Country Club on a bitterly cold winter morning, Brad exudes a sense of warmth and calmness with his kind smile and soothing, soft voice. Whether you’re a friend or a complete stranger, Brad immediately makes you feel at home.

    That’s just Brad.