Local News

  • Water rate war bubbling up between city, county

    What is water – specifically clean water – worth?
    That continues to be debated amongst the Lebanon Water Works Company, the Lebanon City Council, the Marion County Water District and the Marion County Fiscal Court.
    The Lebanon City Council unanimously approved a rate increase for Lebanon Water Works Company at its July meeting. The Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer, and will be impacted significantly by the rate increase.

  • Correction

    In last week’s news story regarding Andrew Lanham being sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing US Bank in Loretto, it stated that court documents stated that Lanham had been violating the law since the age of 16. Actually, that is incorrect.
    The document actually said that Lanham had been working since the age of 16. We regret the mistake. Publisher Stevie Lowery misread the judge’s handwriting, and she apologizes to the Lanham family for the mistake. It completely was unintentional.

  • Former MCHS band director sentenced to six years in prison

    Curtis Bennett, former Marion County High School teacher and band director, will be spending the next six years in prison after pleading guilty to sex offenses involving female students.
    Bennett was sentenced Thursday morning in Marion Circuit Court before Marion Circuit Judge Todd Spalding. His sentence also requires him to register as a lifetime sex offender, complete sex offender treatment and pay $160 in court costs.
    Bennett was first arrested on Jan. 6, 2016, after an investigation found evidence of inappropriate activity between Bennett and a female student.

  • Gravel Switch woman no longer missing

    Karen M. Cooley of Gravel Switch is no longer missing. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office confirmed her whereabouts last week. On July 16, family members reported Cooley missing. During that time, it had been reported that she had been in contact with her family and that she might be in Arizona. On Aug. 1, Cooley contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and stated that she would be returning to Kentucky in a few days. On Aug. 3, Deputy Ben Lancaster reported that he met with Cooley in Gravel Switch to confirm that she was no longer missing.

  • Campbellsville man arrested for damaging Scott’s Ridge lookout

    Steven Craig Benningfield, 23, of Campbellsville was arrested on July 29 in Taylor County for second-degree criminal mischief. His arrest resulted from an investigation into a June 21 incident in which Benningfield is accused of unlawfully damaging property at the Scott’s Ridge Road lookout near Raywick. Benningfield was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center with bail set at $2,500.

  • Tri-County United Way kickoff is Aug. 17

    The 2017 Marion County Tri-County United Way “kickoff” event will be held at 5 p.m., Aug. 17, at Rosewood Bar and Grill. This event is being held in conjunction with the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s “Chamber Connections.” Tri-County United Way is sponsoring this event.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting Aug. 3.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty read a proclamation declaring Friday, Aug. 4, as Marion County Little League Softball Day. The court presented certificates to players and coaches of the two Little League Softball All-Star teams.
    In other matters, magistrates:
    • Approve a pauper funeral expense to be paid to Campbell-Dewitt Funeral Home. 

  • Bradfordsville woman indicted for burglary

    Elizabeth Isabele, 35, of 960 Bradfordsville Road in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree burglary, defacing a firearm, and possession of a defaced firearm in Marion Circuit Court recently. According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 18, 2015, Isabele knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime, intentionally defaced a firearm or aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act, and was found to be in possession of a defaced firearm. Her bond was set at $20,000, and she was ordered to have no contact with the victim or premises.

  • MCPS Opening Day

    Marion County Public Schools held its opening day breakfast Monday, Aug. 7.

    Students returned to schools Wednesday, Aug. 9.

  • Raywick teen indicted for rape, sex abuse

    A Raywick teenager was indicted for sodomy, sex abuse and rape in Marion Circuit Court on July 31.
    Charles E. Spurlock III, 19, of 795 Clell Mattingly Road in Raywick was indicted for two counts of first-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, first-degree criminal attempt to commit sodomy, and first-degree rape.