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  • Grand finale

    The Marion County High School marching band finished the 2011 season Saturday at Barren County High School. The Knights scored a 76.55 to finish 11th in the Class AAAA semifinals.

    Band Director Curtis Bennett noted that the season got off to a rough start when the former band director resigned, and Bennett was named as the new director Aug. 11.

    "It could have been a disaster and it wasn't," he said. "It was a strong finish for us."

  • Lebanon man pleads guilty to reckless homicide

    Phillip R. Johnson, 29, of 6345 W. Main Street, Apt. 10, in Lebanon pled guilty to reckless homicide and two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    Johnson faced an original charge of first-degree manslaughter related to the death of Jessica Monday on March 9, 2010.

    His sentencing has been scheduled for Jan. 5.

    In other circuit court news:

  • St. Clair sentenced to death for 1991 kidnapping and murder of Marion County native

    By Tom Barr, Landmark News Service

    Over the past 13 years, 48 jurors have been asked on three occasions to determine the fate of Michael Dale St. Clair.

    And, on all three occasions, the verdict was the same - death.

    After twice being struck down by the state Supreme Court, a Bullitt Circuit Court jury took just over two hours to decide Friday that the Oklahoma native should again be sentenced to death in the 1991 murder of Frank Brady, a Marion County native.

  • Blood drive will be Nov. 8 at Centre Square

    Tuesday, Nov. 8, is Election Day, but it's also a chance to donate blood.

    The Kentucky Blood Center will be hosting a blood drive from 2 to 6 p.m. at Centre Square. Donors will receive a $10 gift card. Donors should bring a photo ID.

    Blood donors should be aware that a voting precinct will also be set up in the gymnasium at Centre Square that day.

  • Ford to go to trial Nov. 28, charged with murdering husband

    The trial for the Campbellsville woman accused of killing her husband, a Lebanon police officer, is on track for this month.

    Tonya Ford's case has been set for a final pretrial hearing a week before the trial is set to begin in Taylor Circuit Court.

    Ford appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday, Oct. 25, for a three-minute hearing with her attorney, Danny Butler of Greensburg.

    Kelly asked if there were any issues in the case that need discussion.

  • Giving the brain injured a voice in Frankfort

    When Larry Lee walked away from a personal care home in Falmouth, Ky., on Aug. 4, no one knew how his story would end.

    Lee, 32, suffered from a brain injury, schizophrenia, and diabetes, and it was unlikely he would survive long on his own.

    Lee's family took matters into their own hands and tried to find him. Family, friends, and community members searched for an entire month. Unfortunately, Lee was found dead Sept. 3, near the Licking River, only a few miles from where he went missing.

  • Love for farming, family drove Ford

    Joe Ford has long been known for his love of farming in Marion County's agricultural community, and that devotion was recognized this year when Ford - "Joe Joe" to his friends - received the Marion County Farm Bureau's Distinguished Service to Agriculture Award.

    Joe Joe's family was present to receive the award, in what was a bittersweet occasion. Ford died May 28 at the age of 67.

    "He loved farming," said his wife Linda Ford. "He farmed right up to the day he passed away."

  • Halloween events to take place Monday evening

    Children of all ages will enjoy Halloween activities Monday, Oct. 31, throughout Marion County

    In Lebanon, trick-or-treating and Halloween at the Park will both take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

    In Loretto, trick-or-treating will also be held from 5:30 to 7:30 Monday evening.

  • Marching Knights advance to state semifinals

    The Marion County High School marching band finished fifth in the Class AAAA west regional competition Saturday in Hopkinsville.

    By finishing among the top eight teams in the regional contest, the Marching Knights advance to the Class AAAA state semifinals, which will be held Saturday, Oct. 29, at Barren County High School in Glasgow.

  • Marion County Fire School is this weekend

    The fifth annual Marion County Fire School is scheduled for Oct. 29 and 30.

    More than 100 firefighters from around the state have preregistered, according to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson. Another 100 or 200 firefighters are expected to take part in the school.

    The school will include classes on fire behavior and fire control, firefighter survival and rescue, farm rescue, advanced vehicle rescue, arson/crime scene investigation, drivers training, and rope rescue operations.