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  • Jury wastes little time finding Salyers guilty in biker murder case

    By Todd Kleffman
    Kentucky Press News Service

    GREENSBURG — In little more than its lunch break Tuesday, Jan. 21, a Green County Circuit Court jury digested days worth of testimony and took only an hour and 20 minutes to find David Salyers guilty of plotting to murder Gleason Pyles.
    The jury's fast work to conclude the seven-day trial floored many in the courtroom. Even Jude Hagan, Salyers' attorney, seemed at a loss for words when he spoke to the jury before it began to deliberate on Salyers' punishment.

  • Fires reported on North Forest Street and McElroy Pike

    The Lebanon Fire Department helped minimize the damage from a fire at 235 N. Forest Street on Wednesday morning.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 5:11 a.m. Jan. 22.
    "It was all contained up in the attic," Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said.
    He added that the fire appears to have started due to an electrical short, and Mattingly said he believes space heaters were a factor in starting the fire.

  • House fire kills man, dog

    A Marion County man died in a house fire Friday night at 885 Penick Road.
    Gerald "G.C." Mays Jr., 55, died as a result of a fire, which appears to have been started in a wood-burning stove, according to a preliminary investigation by the Kentucky State Police. Mays was the only person in the residence, the state police reported.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 6:23 p.m. Jan. 24. Firefighters remained on the scene until 11:21 p.m. Friday.

  • ‘Wildman’ show accused of animal mistreatment

    Mother Jones, a nonprofit news organization, reported last week that it found instances of animal mistreatment during a seven-month investigation into "Call of the Wildman," the Animal Planet program starring Marion County's "Turtleman" Ernie Brown Jr.
    While Brown was not named personally, Mother Jones accused people involved with the show of endangering the lives of baby raccoons, sedating a zebra and illegally transporting bats.

  • Quilt show postponed until Feb. 1

     The Heart of Kentucky Quilt Show has been postponed due to weather and road conditions.

    The quilt show has been rescheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the Marion County Heritage Center.

  • 55-year-old man dies in Penick Road fire Friday

    A Marion County man died in a house fire Friday night at 885 Penick Road.

    Gerald "G.C." Mays Jr., 55, died as a result of a fire, which appears to have been started in a wood-burning stove, according to a preliminary investigation by the Kentucky State Police. Mays was the only person in the residence, the state police reported.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 6:23 p.m. Jan. 24. Firefighters remained on the scene until 11:21 p.m. Friday.

  • City reminds public of political sign limitations

     The City of Lebanon issued the following announcement regarding political signs:

    City of Lebanon Ordinance 05-11 prohibits election signs to be erected more than 60 days prior to an election, and they must be removed within 5 days following the election.  Election signs may not be placed on public property, on rocks, trees, public fences, sign post, or on utility poles on public property.

     

  • Library will host Bluegrass program Friday

    The "Bluegrass in the Schools" program will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the Marion County Public Library.

    The program was moved to the library because Marion County Public Schools will be closed. Musicians and music lovers of all ages are welcome to attend this program, which is sponsored by Farmers National Bank.

  • Marion County schools are closed Friday

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, Jan. 24, due to hazardous road conditions in the eastern part of the county and extreme low temperatures, according to Superintendent Taylora Schlosser. 

    According to the National Weather Service, overnight temperatures will reach -3. Tomorrow's high will be 19 degrees with wind chills values as low as -11 degrees.

  • Shipp sentenced to life in prison for killing deputy

     Dewayne Shipp has been sentenced to life in prison for the murder of Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes.

    Shipp, 50, of McDaniels pled guilty to Rakes' murder in December. At that time, the Commonwealth's Attorney recommended life in prison without the possibility of parole.

    Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly formally sentenced Shipp to life without parole on Thursday. Shipp was also give 10 years for possession of a handgun by a convicted felon to be served consecutively to his murder sentence.