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  • Education fund created for sons of ATV accident victim

    Family members of William J. “Billy Joe” Cecil are trying to help his sons further their education.
    Cecil, 40, of Finley died Aug. 11 as the result of a collision involving his 2012 Polaris Razor ATV and a Chevy pickup truck.
    Cecil was driving his ATV on Hwy. 208 in Calvary, when Joseph M. Spalding, 28, of Lebanon crossed the centerline in a 2002 Chevy truck and struck the ATV, according to the Kentucky State Police.

  • County tax rates remain unchanged

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has set its tax rates, and they are the same as they have been for several years.
    On Aug. 15, the magistrates voted 4-0 to keep the rates the same as in 2012. (Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers was not present at last week's meeting.)
    The county's real estate tax rate will remain 8.6 cents per $100 of assessed value. The tangible tax rate and the vehicle property tax rate will both stay at 10.9 cents per $100 valuation.

    Addressing ordinance

  • Bar owner denies responsibility for death in civil lawsuit

    The owner of the Raywick Bar and Grill has denied responsibility for the death of David Litsey Jr. in his answer to a civil lawsuit filed by Litsey’s father.
    Litsey Jr., 22, died Nov. 9, 2012, after he was shot outside of the bar.
    Christopher Gribbins, 46, of 821 Dangerfield Road in Hodgenville was indicted for murder in connection with Litsey Jr.’s death. According to court records, Gribbins was identified as discharging a firearm that resulted Litsey Jr’s death.
    Gribbins has entered a plea of not guilty to the murder charge.

  • Derrick’s story

    Derrick Hutchins, 24, grew up as a typical country boy.
    The son of a EMT/volunteer for the Loretto Fire Department and an elementary school teacher, Derrick had a very normal life. Tony and Mary Kaye Hutchins raised Derrick and his two younger sisters, Erin, 21, and Kathleen, 16, on a beautiful piece of property in Loretto, just feet away from where Mary Kaye grew up as a child.
    Derrick loved to hunt, fish and play the guitar.
    He played basketball and went to conservation camp every year as a kid.

  • Lookadoo brings humor and hope

    Justin Lookadoo is more than just a motivational speaker.
    He’s a humodicator.
    He uses humor to motivate and educate students and communities at-large.
    And he will be traveling from his home in Dallas, Texas, to Marion County this week to speak to local middle schools, the high school and the community.
    His message is one of hope, empowerment and understanding how to have meaningful, healthy relationships.

  • New pipeline project pops up

    Many Marion County residents are wondering whether the Bluegrass Pipeline project will be bringing natural gas liquids through the community. Meanwhile, another project could take advantage of a pipeline that's already here.
    On Aug. 7, Kinder Morgan Energy Partners, L.P., and MarkWest Utica EMG, L.L.C, announced a joint venture that includes converting 900 miles of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry up to 200,000 barrels of natural gas liquids daily.

  • Redistricting: Round 2

    The Kentucky legislature returned to Frankfort Monday to make another attempt at redefining its districts.
    The issue has lingered over the legislature since 2012, when the Kentucky Supreme Court ruled that the plans approved during that year’s General Assembly were unconstitutional.
    Leading up to the special session that started Monday, legislative leaders from both parties presented redistricting proposals.

  • Susie’s Bottoms Up discrimination complaint has been settled

    The former owner of a Raywick bar has agreed to $10,000 payment to settle a discrimination complaint stemming from an April 5, 2012 incident.
    Susan Riggle, the former owner of Susie’s Bottoms Up, agreed to make the payment to Naquan Thurman, a patron who was denied entrance to the bar because of his race. The payment was part of a conciliation agreement that the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights approved at its Aug. 15 meeting in Louisville.

  • Blood drive this afternoon at Centre Square

    The Kentucky Blood Center is hosting a blood drive this afternoon in Lebanon.

    Anyone interested and eligible to donate should stop by Centre Square between 1 and 6 p.m. The drive is sponsored by Spring View Hospital.

    Every donor will be entered to win a $100 Visa gift card and a $250 Visa gift card.

    For more information, call the Kentucky Blood Center at 1-800-775-2522.

  • KSP arrest shooter

    Monday, Aug. 19, the Kentucky State Police arrested Joshua Spaulding-Wells, 24, and charged him with first-degree assault for his role in the shooting of Mark Mattingly, 45, that occurred Aug. 12 on ML King Avenue in Lebanon.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a call from 337 ML King Apt. 6 at 9:25 p.m. Aug. 12, reporting that a male subject had been shot in the stomach.

    Wells is being lodged in the Marion County Detention Center.

    The investigation into the shooting continues, according to KSP.