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  • Lebanon man accused of 10 counts of rape

    Michael Johnson Jr., 25, of 337 Martin Luther King Boulevard #2 in Lebanon was indicted for 10 counts of first-degree rape in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    According to the indictment, between Oct. 9, 2010, and Oct. 9, 2011, Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was incapable of consent because she was less than 12 years old.

    His bond was set at $50,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the complaining witness.

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  • Larry's Law

    Wednesday, April 18, was a bittersweet day for Melissa Lee Knight and her family.

    It was the day Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 115 "Larry's Law" in honor of Knight's brother, Larry, 32, who walked away from a personal care home in August of 2011. He was found dead four weeks later on the banks of the Licking River not far from Falmouth Nursing Home in Pendleton County.

  • Call to Jubilee

    Sr. Agnes Ann Schum took a break on a bench as she was walking up the hill back to the Loretto Motherhouse. She and hundreds of other members of the Loretto Community had just gathered for a group photo to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the community.

    "It takes my breath away," said Schum, 77, her eyes watering a bit. "It's just an awesome, exciting spirit open to what the faith is going to bring, with the spirit of history standing here at this point."

  • Marching on

    The Pigasus Parade is one of the highlights of the Marion County Country Ham Days festival each year.

    But, to Missy Farmer-Spalding, the parade means so much more.

    "I call it my parade," she said, sitting comfortably on her couch at her home on Brown Forman Road near Raywick. "I am so attached to that parade."

  • National Academy Foundation coming to MCHS

    Marion County High School students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Academy Foundation starting in the fall. On April 20, representatives from the NAF and the Kentucky Department of Education met with the local NAF advisory board members. That afternoon, MCHS learned that it had received a score of 24 out of 30. The minimum score for approval is 15.

  • Good 'Day' for local Boy Scouts

    The Marion and Washington county chapters of the Boy Scouts of America got a boost last week from a Hall of Fame jockey. Pat Day was the guest speaker at the Friends of Scouting benefit dinner April 24 at Centre Square.

    Day won more than 8,800 races in his career. He is the all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs and Keeneland. He's won all three races of the Triple Crown races and 12 Breeder's Cup races. He's also a four-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey.

  • Dedicated

    It's been 56 years since Sr. Emma Cecelia Busam taught in Marion County, but the 90-year old still has vivid memories of her time at Holy Cross School.

    "I taught the sixth and seventh grade," she said. "I was here when the school burned."

    Busam remembered she was talking with an older student at the time.

    "A little first grader came up and pulled my habit and said, 'seeester,'" she said.

  • Re-centered

    History is breathing new life into an old building at the Loretto Motherhouse.

    Sunday afternoon, the Sisters of Loretto held the grand opening of the Loretto Heritage Center, which is housed in what previously served as an auditorium for the Loretto Academy.

    "It's wonderful," said Sr. Marie Ego, who made the trip from Denver, Co. "It's kind of overwhelming."

  • Century of Service

    From a small office inside of Clean as a Whistle on West Main Street in Lebanon, Sr. Mary Lois Speaks is continuing a legacy that goes back more than 100 years in Marion County.

    Speaks is a member of the Ursuline Sisters of Mt. St. Joseph, and this weekend, the order will be celebrating 100 years of service in the community.

    "We started in Raywick," Speaks said, "and I'm still in Raywick."

  • 5th annual Family Bike and Hike is Saturday, April 28

    The 5th annual Family Bike and Hike is this Saturday, April 28, at Graham Memorial Park in Lebanon. Participants have the option of walking/running a 5K (3.1 miles) or doing a 10K (6.2 miles) bike ride.

    Registration begins at 8 a.m., at the girls' softball pavilion at Graham Memorial Park. The bike ride begins at 9 a.m., and the race begins at 9:15 a.m.

    Several door prizes will be drawn after the event. All participants will receive a T-shirt, breakfast and goody bag.