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  • Back to the Books

    Friday, Lucia "Luci" Smith, 5, of Lebanon, along with hundreds of other youngsters, will begin her first day of school.

    She's going to be in Pam Mattingly's kindergarten class at Lebanon Elementary School. But until then, she'll enjoy her last few days of summer.

    She fidgets on the couch, clutching her mother's shirt tightly as she whispers into her ear. In her other hand, she holds a set of car keys, which she twirls between her fingers.

  • Raywick appoints new fire chief

    The Raywick Fire Department appointed a new fire chief Monday night.

    Herman Riggs was elected to be the new fire chief and Gary Harris was elected lieutenant.

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm resigned last month.

  • More details available in morphine murder case

    The Campbellsville woman accused of murdering her husband with a morphine overdose has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

    Kathleen H. Wise, 60, of 4203 Bengal Road, a registered nurse and former Medco nursing home employee, was arrested Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. and charged with the domestic violence murder of her husband, Joseph Kenneth Wise. She faces as much as life in prison.

    On Monday, July 25, she pleaded not guilty in Taylor District Court.

  • Spalding appointed to city council

    Darin Spalding has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Lebanon City Council.

    The council voted 4-0 to appoint Spalding during a special-called meeting July 27. Councilman Jay Grundy was not present at the meeting.

    The vacancy was created when Kenny Marrett resigned from the council Tuesday. Spalding appointment is effective until the Nov. 8 election, according to Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding. *

  • National search team takes on Kara Tingle Rigdon case

    Texas EquuSearch, the national group that led the search for Caylee Anthony, has taken on the Kara Tingle Rigdon case.

    Rigdon has been missing since July 17, 2010, but Tim Miller, founding director of Texas EquuSearch, said he believes he and his search team can help give some closure to Kara’s family.

  • Loretto receives half-million dollar grant for senior center

    The City of Loretto has received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to renovate a former nursing home to serve as a senior center. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grant Wednesday morning.

    At this time, Loretto seniors meet for activities in an old gymnasium, and they are sometimes displaced due to other community activities. With the grant the city will be able to renovate the 5,000-square-foot former nursing home to become a permanent center for senior citizens.

  • Air Methods hosts open house

    Air Methods has established its newest base at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.  On July 23, the company hosted an open house for the community. Air Methods is the nation's largest air medical transport service. This is the company's 12th base in Kentucky.

  • Court of Appeals rules annexation invalid

    For the second time, a Kentucky court has ruled that the City of Lebanon's annexation of 415 acres of property in 2006 was invalid.

    "...it is evident that the City manipulated the boundaries to the annexed property, and in so doing, intentionally omitted sufficient dissenting property owners so as to ensure success of the annexation," read the July 15 decision by the Court of Appeals.

  • Kara Tingle Rigdon Reward Fund up to $9,000

    A reward fund established for information leading to the whereabouts of Kara Tingle Rigdon is now up to $9,000, and is expected to increase even more in the coming weeks.

    The family and friends of Kara's parents, Dale and Sheila Tingle, established a reward fund for information leading to Kara's whereabouts. Kara, 28, was last seen on Saturday, July 17, 2010, on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch. She was driving a family member's car that was found two days later on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Ford murder trial moves ahead

    Letters are being sent to 120 residents who will be called as potential jurors for the upcoming trial of a Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer.

    Tonya Ford was in court Tuesday for another hearing in the case that accuses her of shooting David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

    Tuesday's hearing before Taylor Circuit Judge Dan Kelly lasted five minutes.