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  • 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.

  • Courthouse will be closed Aug. 5-12

    Marion Circuit Clerk Kim May has announced that her office will be shut down from Friday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 12. During that time, equipment and files from the circuit clerk's office will be moved into the Marion County Judicial Center.

    The new judicial center is scheduled to open Monday, Aug. 15.

  • InBrief

    Red Cross training classes in August

    As part of the effort to re-establish an active Red Cross unit in Marion County, training sessions have been scheduled throughout August.

    If possible, the county would like to have teams of individuals from each community who are trained to respond to catastrophic events.

    If you are interested in signing up for a training session, please contact Susan Hardin at (502) 348-1893 or email redcross@bardstown.com.

  • Gravel Switch man indicted on rape charge

    Joseph Donald Graham, 46, of 955 Beechfork Road in Gravel Switch was indicted for first-degree rape.

    According to the indictment, on or about May 13, Graham engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion.

    His bond was set at 10 percent of $50,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the victim.

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