Today's News

  • Ham Days truck pull a success

    The first Ham Days Truck and Tractor Pull, sanctioned by the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series was a huge success this past Saturday at the Marion County Fairgrounds.  
    “The grandstands were full, as were the pits, with over 70 pullers competing for the bragging rights to be the first Ham Day’s Champion,” BOB Series CEO Tom McConnell said. “We can’t wait to do this again next year”.
    The pull featured some of the biggest pulling names in the region, with pullers coming from several states to participate.  

  • Avritts' horse keeps winning

    Jimmy and LeVerne Avritt’s homebred 2-year-old filly, Precocious Beauty, continued her winning ways on Sept. 27 by taking first place in the Bluegrass Stakes at The Red Mile in Lexington. She won the race in 1:51. The race had an $85,900 purse. With her fifth straight win, Precocious Beauty has earned $402,792 this year. Her next race is the International Stallion Stake, Oct. 4 at The Red Mile.

  • Marching Knights compete

    The Marion County High School Marching Knights competed in a band competition in Taylor County recently.

  • Good ‘neighbor’ is gone

    Everybody’s neighbor has passed away.
    Ben Ford, the police service officer for the Lebanon Police Department, died Sunday morning. According to Chief Wally Brady, Ford’s wife was unable to wake him up that morning to come to work at Ham Days.
    “He was a good man,” Brady said. “He’s going to be missed.”
    Ford was known for greeting people with “Howdy, neighbor.”
    “Ben was everybody’s buddy. He never met a stranger,” said Donald Webb, Commander of the VFW Marple/Caldwell Post 5910.

  • District to spend $220,000 on instructional coaches

    The Marion County Board of Education recently approved hiring six new instructional coaches at a cost of $220,000.
    According to Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, most districts throughout the state have instructional coaches, and they are needed to help teachers improve instruction and implement the new Common Core standards, which are a set of academic guidelines that clearly describe what students need to know before they complete each grade level. According to many educators, the new standards are much more rigorous and demanding.

  • Dance classes now forming

    Kentucky Classic Arts is now forming dance classes for children and adults. Dance foundations will be offered to children in first through third grades and children in fourth through sixth grades. A jazz/tap technique class will be offered to seventh graders through adults, and intro to ballet will also be offered to seventh graders through adults.
    For more information, call 270-402-2196 or email kyclassicarts@mail.com.
    Classes will be starting Oct. 15.

  • Forkland Festival is Oct. 11-12

    The 42nd annual Forkland Festival will take place Friday, Oct. 11, and Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Forkland Community Center. The festival will be held from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 11, and 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12.
    The festival includes exhibits at the Forkland Abraham Lincoln Museum, a Salute to Servicemen display, a wildlife exhibit, genealogy documents, old farm machinery and tools, and Native American artifacts. Descendants of early pioneers will perform living history skits in a log cabin.

  • Quilt display at the Loretto Motherhouse

    The Loretto Heritage Center will be hosting a quilt display Oct. 4-5, according to Eleanor Craig, the archivist for the Loretto Motherhouse.
    The display will include quilts made by people from throughout Marion County and by sisters who have lived at the Motherhouse and Motherhouse employees.
    Craig said 60 to 70 quilts will be on display.
    The Loretto Heritage Center is located at the Loretto Motherhouse, 515 Nerinx Road in Nerinx. The center will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For more information, call 270-865-7096.

  • Marion County Farm Bureau celebrates 75th annual meeting

    The Marion County Farm Bureau will be holding its 75th annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 14, at the Lebanon Masonic Hall. The country ham dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Speaker for this year’s event will be Fritz Gieseke, second vice-president of Kentucky Farm Bureau.
    A director from each of the five districts will be elected. Nominated are Joe Bernard Luckett from District 1, Mike Ford from District 2, Sharon Browning from District 3, John G. Mattingly from District 4 and Kaye Peterson from District 5.

  • No school on Monday, Oct. 14

    Marion County Public School students will have an extra day off from school during the upcoming fall break.