Turtleman Makes His Return to Ham Days

Ernie Brown Jr, better known as Turtleman, is making his return to the Marion County Ham Days Festival for the first time since 2013.

The Marion County native will be will be available for photos and autographs at the Marion County Heritage Center on Main Street Saturday September 23rd from 12 noon until 5 p.m. and Sunday September 24th from 12 noon until 4 p.m. The Heritage Center is the home of the only Turtleman Museum in the world.

A complete schedule of all Country Ham Days events is available online at

Driver Leaves Scene of Collision in Holy Cross

The Marion County Sheriff’s Department investigated a one-vehicle collision early Friday morning in Holy Cross.

Deputies received a report of a one vehicle collision on North St. Francis Road. Deputies found a 2006 Nissan at the scene that had traveled off the roadway and struck an embankment and tree.

A passenger in the vehicle, 28 year old Stephanie Sullivan of Lebanon was treated at the scene by Marion County EMS and transported to Springview Hospital. Deputies were unable to locate the driver of the vehicle who had left the scene. Marion County Rescue and Loretto Fire assisted at the scene. Deputy Sheriff Ben Lancaster continues with the investigation.

Lebanon Couple in Jail on Neglect and Drug Charges

A Lebanon couple is in Marion County jail facing numerous neglect and drug charges. Lebanon Police were called to Peak Ln on Tuesday where they found Katlin Clements of Louisville. Clements was arrested at the scene and charged with Public Intoxication, Possession of a Controlled Substance-Meth, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Zachary Mayo of Lebanon was arrested at the residence for Public Intoxication and Possession of a Controlled Substance. Both are charged with Neglect by Caretaker.