Today's News

  • Help someone quit tobacco

    A forum to discuss ways to help someone quit using tobacco products will be held from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., Monday, Oct. 21, at the Lincoln Trail District
    Health Department in Elizabethtown, or from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., at the Nelson County Civic Center in Bardstown. Join a panel of guest speakers as they bring resources to start a conversation about tobacco with patients, clients and families. Topics will include: tobacco statistics for the Lincoln Trail region, tobacco smoke and pregnancy and the tobacco prevention and cessation program

  • Buddhist monks coming to Kentucky’s ‘Holy Land’

    Sand painting, cooking classes and art workshops will be part of the festivities when seven Tibetan Buddhist monks visit Marion County next week.
    The monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehra Dun, India, will be in Lebanon from Oct. 7-13 as part of their 2013 U.S. tour. All of the events with the monks are free although donations will be accepted.

  • Q & A with Marion County’s Governor’s Scholars

    Eight Marion County High School students were chosen to participate in the Governor’s Scholars Program this summer. They are Abby Blandford, Joey Costello, Joe Ben Curtis, Lauren Farmer, Nicole Mattingly, Brooklyn Russell, Bailey Spalding and Sarah Spalding.

  • Big crowds, big fun

    Once again, Marion County Country Ham Days brought tens of thousands of visitors to downtown Lebanon.
    And by Monday morning, there was little evidence left that they were ever here.
    “I think we had the biggest crowd ever,” said Carla Wagner, executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    Wagner said the tourism office has already received a lot of feedback from visitors all over the United States, who were more than pleased with the festival.
    “It was everything and more than they expected,” she said.

  • Marion County Country Ham Days 2013: And the winners are...

    Farmers National Bank Pokey Pig results are available at http://www.headfirstperformance.com/Portals/0/Results/Pokey.pdf.


    Overall County Elementary School

    Poster Contest Winners


    First: Baylor Murphy, St. Augustine

  • Lebanon man indicted for manslaughter

    Joseph M. Spalding, 28, of 516 Valley View Apartments in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault and DUI first offense.
    According to the indictment, on or about Aug. 11, Spalding caused the death of another person, including but not limited to a death resulting from an operation of a motor vehicle. The indictment also reads that he caused injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument.

  • MCPS is ‘proficient and progressing’

    There is reason for the Marion County Public School District to be excited with the release of statewide test results Friday, which show that MCPS has improved from a “needs improvement” district to a “proficient and progressing” district. Compared to other schools in the state, the district made a big jump from the 60th percentile to the 83rd percentile.

  • A sense of community

    By Kaelin G. Reed

  • Keep our children safe

    As we move into fall and our schedules become full with our kids’ homework and after-school activities, it’s always a good time to focus on their safety, too.  Much like the calls and e-mails I receive from constituents in need of the Veteran’s Crisis Hotline, I also receive a number of calls and e-mails from constituents looking for information on the Amber Alert program, as well as the best way to get information on sexual predators in the community.

  • End of an era

    The last group of inmates have left Marion Adjustment Center.
    The Kentucky Department of Corrections data shows that on Sept. 16, 14 inmates were being housed at the private prison in St. Mary.
    As of Sept. 17, MAC was no longer listed in the state’s daily count reports (available here: http://goo.gl/gHhMz).
    I apologize for not reporting this sooner. I had the information for last week’s paper, but among the various stories we juggle, I forgot to actually type it.