Today's News

  • Smoking-ban bills die in state Senate

    By Melissa Patrick
    Kentucky Health News

    On Feb. 13, for the first time, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a statewide smoking ban to prohibit smoking in workplaces and indoor places. The bill moved to the Senate for consideration. On the same day, a state senator proposed a nearly identical bill. And on Feb. 19, both bills were assigned to a committee that was never going to give them a hearing.

  • St. Charles Middle basketball

    St. Charles Middle School’s seventh and eighth grade teams both won the NIT Championship under the direction of Head Coach Jimmy Morgeson.

  • Haydon, KBP work to fight Ebola

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    If you so much as turned on a national news broadcast last year, you’re familiar with Ebola and how the virus native to West Africa found its way to the United States through several individuals.

  • Former Lady Knight earns national honors

    Lebanon native Alexus Calhoun, a 2014 graduate of Marion County High School and freshman forward at Berea College  was named a 2014-2015 USCAA (United States Collegiate Athletic Association) Honorable Mention All-American. 
    Calhoun led the Mountaineers in total rebounds, rebounds per game and blocked shots. 
    She helped Berea reach the 2015 USCAA Women’s Division I Championship game where the Mountaineers fell to Daemen College, 78-75.

  • Epps named to All-SEC first time

    Makayla Epps, a 2013 graduate of Marion County High School, was named to the All-SEC first time for the Kentucky Wildcats women’s basketball this season.
    During the regular season, Epps averaged 14.3 points. In SEC games, she averaged 15.1 points and 2.9 assists.

  • Wrongful death case dismissed against LaRue County deputy

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    A wrongful death suit filed in 2013 by the mother of a man shot and killed by a former LaRue County deputy, has been dismissed in federal court.
    Carolyn Chaudoin, administrator of the estate of Thomas Earl Ferguson, named former Deputy James Eric Williamson, the LaRue County Sheriff’s office and LaRue County in a civil suit in U.S. District Court, western district, after her son’s death.

  • Turtleman Trek 5K is Saturday

    The second annual Turtleman Trek 5K will be held in Lebanon at 9 a.m. March 14.
    Participants can still register for $30, but they should be aware that shirts will be available while supplies last. Participants can also register the day of the race starting at 7:30 a.m.
    The race will be chip timed. After the race and before the awards, there will be a Turtle Trot for the younger kids covering two blocks There will be shirts available for children for $15.

  • Modern Buffalo Soldiers share namesakes’ history

    Sunday afternoon at Centre Square, a bunch of bikers brought a bit of education about the Buffalo Soldiers.
    The Buffalo Soldiers Motorcycle Club were the featured speakers during the Black History Program sponsored by the Lebanon branch of the NAACP. This program was originally scheduled for Feb. 22, but was rescheduled for March 8 due to the weather.

  • Doing what is right

    Josh Ballard doesn’t take a day for granted, which explains how he’s been able to accomplish so much at such a young age.
    Ballard owns his own computer business, is the first lieutenant at the Loretto Fire Department, works as an EMT for Marion County EMS, is a Loretto City Commissioner and is the chairman of the annual St. Francis Picnic.
    And he’s only 25 years old.
    Ballard has a passion for helping people, and that’s why the Marion County Chamber of Commerce selected him as the 2014 “Outstanding Citizen”.

  • Recycling pays in more way than one

    Marion County started its recycling program in 2007, and since then, the county has saved 1,865 tons of waste from going to a landfill.
    In 2006, the county was sending 920.76 tons of garbage to the landfill every month. Last year, the county sent an average of 796.86 tons of trash to the landfill.
    "We're landfilling less waste all the time," Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock said.