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  • Two candidates face off for Sec of State office

    Alison Lundergan Grimes became well known during her 2011 campaign for Kentucky Secretary of State because of the TV ads starring her adorable grandmothers, who urged voters to support their granddaughter. But this campaign is different, as both have since died.
    Thelma Lundergan McHugh, Grimes paternal grandmother, died in June 2012 while Elsie Case, her maternal grandmother, died just last week, on April 23. 

  • Grocery store computer taken over by hackers

    Donnie Miles arrived at Loretto Foodland on April 16 thinking everything would be business as usual. He learned at 7 a.m. that wasn’t going to be the case.
    “I realized my computer had some crazy messages on it, and it was locked up,” Miles said.
    Miles’ store was a victim of a new type of computer virus referred to as ransomware. With this kind of virus, a hacker takes over the victim’s computer and demands a payment in order to unlock the files.

  • So it was written

    In 1998, a Marion County High School teacher and her students drafted a bill to create a day to celebrate Kentucky’s literary contributions. Two years later, that bill was signed into law by then-Governor Wallace Wilkinson.
    On Friday, the Marion County Historical Society hosted a reception to mark the 25th anniversary of Kentucky Writers Day. Writers with local ties gathered at the Marion County Heritage Center to share their works.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch in effect until 11 p.m.

    The National Weather Service has issued a severe thunderstorm watch until 11 p.m. Saturday, April 25, for Central Kentucky, including Marion County.

    According to the weather service, strong to severe storms are likely this evening. These storms could be capable of producing large hail, damaging winds and tornados, and heavy rainfall could cause localized flooding, the weather service reports.

  • Reward offered in animal abuse case reaches $2,100

    The reward for information leading to the arrest of the person or persons responsible for a recent case of animal abuse has increased to $2,100.
    The Lebanon Enterprise published a story on April 15 about the remains of a dog found in Raywick recently. The animal’s front paws, back paws and mouth had been tied up with green twine.

  • Raising awareness about autism

    Hundreds of people gathered Saturday at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorders and to celebrate individuals who live with those conditions every day.
    Lisa Nally-Martin, the founder of Working the Puzzle for Autism, welcomed everyone to the fifth annual walk April 18.
    “Each of these kids that are standing here, as we all know, they are the ones that get the benefit out of this,” Nally-Martin said.

  • Car break-ins occur across the county

    Several vehicle break-ins in Marion County recently should serve as reminders to lock your car doors even if it’s parked in your own driveway.
    On April 12, a vehicle parked in Cozy Corner parking lot was broken into and $80 in cash was stolen, as well as a debit card, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements. Two male juveniles attempted to use the debit card at U.S. Bank in Loretto at 2:04 a.m., and surveillance camera footage enabled law enforcement to identify them, Clements said. Both juveniles have been charged with theft by unlawful taking.

  • Central Kentucky Showdown scheduled for June 20

    The Marion County Fairgrounds will host the first annual Central Kentucky Showdown, one Big Azz Custom Truck and Big Rig Event, on Saturday, June 20. Gates will open at 10 a.m. There will be custom trucks, numerous vendors, concessions and activities for the kids. 

  • A flood of memories

    It didn’t last 40 days and nights, but two days of seemingly nonstop rainfall was more than enough for much of central Kentucky in May of 2010.
    Marion County received between nearly 8 inches of rain in the span of two days.
    Flooding, mud slides and water-covered roads all created hazards in several parts of Marion County. At least 20 residences were evacuated, basements and businesses were flooded and roads were closed. Fortunately, no injuries were reported as a result of the flooding.

  • Shoplifter arrested after shoving steaks down his pants

    Loretto Foodland is known for its low meat prices, but apparently they weren’t low enough for a Raywick man who was caught stuffing steaks down his pants last week.