Today's News

  • Paving Loretto

     “Sidewalks are what make a city,” according to City of Loretto Commissioner Joshua Ballard, which is why he’s worked tirelessly for two years to secure funding for sidewalks along Loretto Highway.

    All of his hard work paid off on July 17 when the City of Loretto was awarded more than $1 million for the first phase of a sidewalk project.

  • Cell phones in the classroom

     Cell phones in the classroom have become a major distraction for students, and an ongoing battle for teachers.

    Keeping hormonal and often distracted students focused and engaged is already difficult, but cell phones have taken it to a whole new level.

    Kim Wright, a sixth grade language arts teacher at Marion County Middle School, said many of her students are getting a own cell phone for the first time, so it’s a new toy to them. And, like any new toy, it consumes their time and energy, in and out of the classroom.

  • In Brief

    Lebanon Police Department receives state grant

    A competitive state grant aimed at better equipping the Lebanon Police Department to serve and protect local citizens has been awarded by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security (KOHS) to the City of Lebanon. The grant, totaling $5,742 will go toward purchasing new body armor vests for local police officers. The grant is funded out of the Law Enforcement Protection Program, a state program which allocates money toward various law enforcement and public protection needs.

  • County officials disappointed over littering, vandalism

    After several items were found dumped at local recreational areas in the county, Magistrate Craig Bishop voiced his disappointment with the vandals at Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.

    “Here in the last few weeks, we have had the dumping of items at several canoe ramps,” said Magistrate Bishop. “At St. Joe, they dumped a couch. In Raywick, they dumped a bunch of tires.”

  • ‘Every student, every day’

    By Marlena Stokes

    Summer Intern


    It’s not every day you find an administrator that has his own mission statement, but Jordan Williams, the new assistant principal at the Marion County Knight Academy does. “Every student, every day’’ is his motto, and he’s excited to implement it at the start of the 2019-20 school year. 

  • The truth about vaccinations

    By Marlena Stokes

    Summer Intern


    Over the past year, many conspiracies have risen regarding vaccinations and whether they really are safe for children and succeed in preventing illnesses. 

  • Bound for success

    By Marlena Stokes

    Summer Intern


    He has become the president of Marion County High School’s Robotics Club, vice president of the HOSA club, a Beta Club state champion, and a Student Ambassador—all within two years of living in the United States. 

  • Facing the high school dropout dilemma head-on

     Alyson Coffman has her sights set on becoming the first person in her family to graduate from high school, but that was the last thing on her mind when she dropped out of Marion County High School during her freshman year.

    Coffman, 17, of Bradfordsville said she was being bullied by kids at school, and suffering from anxiety and depression when she decided to quit.

    “I couldn’t take it anymore,” she said. “I wanted to quit everything, and just get a job.”

  • Fires destroy home in Lebanon, kill four dogs in Raywick

     Two fires hit Marion County residences last week, causing a great deal of damage.

    The first fire occurred in Lebanon on Monday evening, July 22, at a vacant home on 156 West Walnut Street. The home contained four apartment units inside, and the fire was caused by arson, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly. 

  • Distinguished Young Women Program is Saturday

     The Distinguished Young Women of Marion County competition is this Saturday, Aug. 3, starting at 7 p.m. at Marion County High School. Advance tickets are now available to purchase at Citizens National Bank, Community Trust Bank, Farmers National Bank and Peoples Bank. Advance tickets are $6. You may also purchase tickets at the door the night of the program for $8.