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  • County invests thousands into technical education for local students

    Magistrates voted to invest $112,000 into the Marion County Jobs Training Consortium to help improve the quality of technical education for Marion County students at the Marion County Area Technology Center (MCATC) during its regular monthly meeting July 17.

  • Summer School Showcase

    Family Resource Director Amy Newton and Glasscock Elementary School staff invited the community to a special presentation to highlight their week of summer school Friday afternoon. The presentation included a physical education demonstration with Danny Marks. It also included two songs that focus around the theme of summer school this year, which was oceanic life and the world they live in. According to Newton, 104 students participated at summer school at GES. When all lessons were complete at the end of the week, the students went on a field trip to Newport Aquarium.

  • Gribbins found guilty

    Last week, six men and six women found Christopher Gribbins guilty of wanton murder in the death of David Litsey Jr.
    The jurors started their deliberations around 5:30 p.m., Thursday, July 17, and their decision was announced shortly before 9 p.m.
    “We appreciate the jury’s service and respect their decision,” Commonwealth’s Attorney Shelly Miller said after the verdict.
    Gribbins’ attorneys, Scott Hayworth and James Lowery, both of Lexington, declined to comment.

  • Litsey’s family remembers him as a father and a ‘go-getter’

    David and Linda Litsey lost their son, David Jr., nearly 20 months ago, but they will always remember him.
    They will remember him as an athlete and a musician, and they will remember him for his willingness to help others.
    “He’s always been a go-getter. Whatever he would do, he did 100 percent or better,” David Sr. said.
    They also remember getting David Jr. his first car, a Ford Fiesta, when he was in high school.
    “He rode around in that car like he had a big old Cadillac,” David Sr. said.

  • ‘Guys and Dolls’ on stage this week in Lebanon

    From the producers of last year’s Oklahoma! comes one of the most popular Broadway musicals of all time “Guys and Dolls.” Kentucky Classic Theatre presents “Guys and Dolls Jr.” at Angelic Hall in Lebanon July 24-26 at 7 p.m., and in the Russ Mobley Theater at Campbellsville University July 31-Aug. 2 at 7:30 p.m.

  • Hannah Ellis live in concert at Angelic Hall Aug. 2

    Campbellsville native Hannah Ellis and a live band from Nashville will be performing in Angelic Hall, the beautiful theatre at Centre Square in Lebanon at 7 p.m., Aug. 2.

  • Pope’s Creek Ranch prepares for tomato conflict

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Chances are high that you’ve never participated in anything like what is going down at Pope’s Creek Ranch on Saturday.
    That would be the Marion County Tomato Conflict, loosely based on La Tomatina in Spain. It’s essentially a massive tomato-chucking fight.
    Pope’s Creek Ranch general manager David Neville said the event is so unique, even he doesn’t know what to expect.

  • Flag stolen from VFW

     An American flag has been stolen from VFW Post 5910 in Lebanon.

    The Lebanon Police received a call reporting the theft around 9:10 a.m. Tuesday, July 22, according to Police Chief Wally Brady.

    "Someone cut the rope and stole the flag," Brady said.

    Officer Alan Corbett is investigating. 

    Anyone with information about the theft can call the police department at 270-692-2121 or the Lebanon Police tip line at 270-692-5LAW (270-692-5529).

  • Gribbins found guilty of wanton murder

    Shortly before 9 p.m. Thursday, a jury of six men and six women found Christopher Gribbins guilty of wanton murder in the death of David Litsey Jr.

    After handing down their verdict, the jury went into a second deliberation to determine its recommended sentence. Mary Ann McClain Sapp of the probation and parole office testified that the jury could sentence Gribbins to 20-50 years or to life in prison. She added that he would have to serve 85 percent of his term or 20 years, whichever was less, before he would be eligible for parole.

  • Murder trial continues

    Two days into the case of the Commonwealth vs. Christopher Gribbins, the jury had heard approximately eight and a half hours of testimony from 15 witnesses.
    Gribbins is on trial for murder in connection with the death of David Litsey Jr. on Nov. 9. 2012. Litsey was 22 years old at the time of his death.