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  • Heavy rains hurt tobacco crop

    A year can make a big difference, especially in agriculture.
    In 2012, a dry, hot summer caused problems for corn crops in Marion County.
    But this year, excessive rain in early July had a detrimental effect on the local tobacco crop.
    David Kessler, the Marion County extension agent for agriculture, said the county received between eight and 14 inches of rain from June 26 through July 12.

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  • Spalding is the 2014 Distinguished Young Woman

    Bailey Anna Spalding was named the 2014 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman at Saturday night’s program at Marion County High School.

    Spalding won a preliminary scholastic award, an interview award, a self-expression award and a talent award. Her talent was singing “Hallelujah” by Jeff Buckley while playing guitar.

    She is the daughter of Paula Raikes and Robert Spalding.

    First runner-up: Nicole Mattingly

    Second runner-up: Macy Alexandra McFall

  • Wave 3 News off air on Dish Network

    WAVE 3 News has been unable to reach an agreement with DISH Network, and as a result, might not be available in the homes of many Marion Countians this week.

  • 50 years and still going

    On Saturday night (or perhaps early Sunday morning) the 50th winner of the Marion County Distinguished Young Woman program will be announced.
    For most of its history, the program was known as Junior Miss, and briefly, it was referred to as Young Woman of the Year.
    But, whatever it’s called, it has become a Marion County tradition and, for many, a source of community pride.

  • CCA still discussing MAC with state

    Corrections Corporation of America has remained in close contact with state officials during the past month, but the state hasn’t agreed to extend its contract with Marion Adjustment Center, according to Mike Machak, the public affairs manager for CCA.
    CCA is MAC’s parent company. Late last month, the state announced it would cease to house inmates at the private prison in St. Mary.
    In an email message, Machak wrote that CCA human resources officials have been at MAC in recent weeks to assist MAC employees.

  • Father files civil suit over son's death

    A Lebanon man has filed a civil lawsuit against the man facing a murder charge in connection with his son's death.
    David D. Litsey Sr. filed a complaint July 24 in Marion Circuit Court against Christopher P. Gribbins and his bar, the Raywick Bar and Grill. Litsey's son, David Litsey Jr., died Nov. 9, 2012, after he was shot outside of the Raywick establishment. Litsey Jr. was 22.
    Gribbins was the bar owner at the time of the shooting, and he has entered a not guilty plea to the murder charge.

  • Spring View Hospital facing civil suit

    A Springfield woman has filed a civil suit against Spring View Hospital in connection with her husband's death.
    Kathleen Wright filed her complaint July 22 in Marion Circuit Court. According to the complaint, Wright accuses the hospital of causing the death of her husband, David Wright, through “acts of omission and/or commission.”

  • Lebanon man indicted for burglary, kidnapping

    Joseph D. Ford, 19, of 50 Woodville Drive in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree burglary, kidnapping a minor, first-degree wanton endangerment, fourth-degree assault and third-degree terroristic threatening.

  • Internet issues affecting many

    Residents throughout Marion County have reported severe reductions in Internet speeds in recent months, and many of them are getting fed up.
    “I’ve had numerous phone calls from people,” State Senator Jimmy Higdon said. “I’ve had numerous, numerous complaints.”
    Higdon has referred people to the Public Service Commission (1-800-772-4636).