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Local News

  • Former Lebanon woman killed in Nashville

    The Nashville Police are investigating a murder-suicide in which a former Lebanon resident and her boyfriend died days apart in a South Nashville apartment.
    Beth Straub, 45, and Jesse Meece, 45, were found dead Nov. 5 at 928 Ilawood Drive in Nashville after Meece’s mother contacted the police about conducting a welfare check, according to the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department.
    When Meece’s mother learned that he hadn’t been to work since Oct. 30, she contacted the police.

  • Remembering Deputy Rakes

    Nov. 14 marked a year since Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot and killed during a traffic stop right outside city limits on Danville Highway.
    But, for Rakes’ two sisters, time has not healed their broken hearts.
    “It doesn’t feel any differently than it did a year ago,” Anita Elder said, starting to cry. “My heart still aches. It hurts so bad.”

  • Seeking justice

    David Litsey Sr. was at home watching television when he heard reports of a shooting in Raywick.
    He and his wife, Linda Bridgewater Litsey, immediately called their son, David Litsey Jr., who they knew had gone to Raywick that night. His friends answered the phone and said they were on the way to Spring View Hospital.
    When David Sr. and Linda arrived at the hospital, they learned that David Jr. was the shooting victim. Eventually, the doctors told them that they hadn’t been able to save him.

  • Rare view

    Thanks to the wonders of technology, a group of HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) students at Marion County High School watched an open-heart surgery live via videoconference last week.
    And they had the operating room all to themselves, so to speak.
    MCHS was the only school in the state that was viewing the surgery live from Jewish Hospital Wednesday.

  • Finley man facing federal marijuana charges

    A Marion County man is facing federal charges for growing marijuana.
    Eric M. Thomas was indicted Nov. 6 in the United States District Court, Western District of Kentucky in Louisville. He has been charged with knowingly and intentionally possessing marijuana with intent to distribute 100 or more marijuana plants, which are considered a Schedule I controlled substance. He has also been charged with knowingly using and maintaining premises for the purpose of manufacturing, storing, distributing and using controlled substances (marijuana).

  • Man flown to Louisville after car wreck

    Daniel Mattingly, 60, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville after he was involved in a one-vehicle car accident Monday afternoon, Nov. 11.

    The accident occurred at 1 p.m., on KY 49, one mile south of Loretto, according to Kentucky State Police.

    The police report states that Mattingly was driving a 1993 Chevy north when he lost control, ran off the shoulder of the road and struck a culvert. He was not wearing his seat belt, police said.

  • Response to Fairfield carbon monoxide emergency shows value of Red Cross in times of need

    By Kristie Hamon
    Landmark News Service

    It’s common to hear of the Red Cross aiding people in times of national disasters, but the organization also works on the local level to assist those in need.
    The local chapter, which covers Nelson, Marion and Washington counties, responds to a variety of emergency situations. A recent emergency in Nelson County was an instance of carbon monoxide inside a home in Fairfield.

  • Hundreds arrested statewide in ‘Operation Black Friday’

    A joint effort by state and federal law enforcement agencies led to the arrests of hundreds of people statewide in what the Kentucky State Police dubbed “Operation Black Friday.”

  • Cookout to benefit homeless shelter

    There will be a Cattlemen's Cookout on Friday, Nov. 8, at the Lebanon Kroger from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. All proceeds will go to the Green River Homeless shelter, which lost its government funding due to budget cuts and is in need of help. Orders of five or more can be delivered to your workplace. Donations of baby wipes diapers, canned food, toilet paper, paper towels toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap and shampoo will also be accepted.
    To place an order, to make a donation, or for more information, please call Jennifer Reynolds at 270-321-0475.

  • New school board member is appointed

    The Marion County Board of Education has a newly appointed school board member. Robert "Butch" Cecil was appointed to the Marion County Board of Education on Oct. 31 by Kentucky Commissioner of Education Dr. Terry Holliday. The appointment is to take effect immediately. After being sworn in, Cecil will assume the responsibilities. His first board meeting will be at 5:30 p.m., Nov. 12, at the board of education.