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  • House Republicans challenge redistricting plan

    Gov. Steve Beshear may have signed legislation creating new legislative districts for the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, but that issue may not be settled just yet.

    On Jan. 26, five Republican state representatives filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to have the House redistricting plan declared invalid. The Republicans argue that the plan in House Bill 1 violates the state and federal Constitutions.

  • Busy day for local state senator

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, had a full schedule Thursday, Jan. 26.

    In the morning, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Senate Bill 42, which is aimed at creating regulations for pain management clinics. The purpose of the bill is to make it difficult to operate "pill mills", which prescribe large amounts of narcotic medications.

  • Chamber announces 2012 Outstanding award winners

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce held its annual awards banquet Jan. 26 at Centre Square.

    This year's award winners are:

    - President's Award: City of Lebanon employees

    - Outstanding Healthcare Professional: Hayden Johnson

    - Outstanding Educator: Tammy Parman

    - Outstanding Farmer: Larry Jones

    - Outstanding Businessperson: Barry Brady

    - Outstanding Industry Manager: Bill Mattingly (of Central Kentucky Tool)

    - Outstanding chamber member: Missy Farmer Spalding

  • Suspect arrested in 11-year-old Bardstown rape case

    Landmark News Service

    An inmate at the Marion County Detention Center was arrested Wednesday as a suspect in an 11-year-old rape case in which the victim was a 78-year-old nursing home resident.
    Michael Joseph Marino, 48, is awaiting a trial on federal charges of conspiracy to commit marriage fraud. He was scheduled to be released Wednesday, but instead he was taken into custody by the Nelson County Sheriff's Office and was transferred to the Nelson County Jail.

  • Flood watch issued for Thursday

    The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of Indiana and Kentucky, including Marion County. A flood watch means there is a potential for flooding based on the current forecasts, according the weather service website.

    The flood watch is in effect from morning until late night Thursday, Jan. 26. (Times were not specified.)

  • Residents from Lebanon, Springfield and Campbellsville involved in head-on collision

    A Springfield woman was cited for driving under the influence after a head-on collision Tuesday, Jan. 24, on Springfield Highway in Washington County.

    The accident occurred at 3:50 p.m. on KY 55 at the Marion County/Washington County line, according to Kentucky State Police

    Judith Filiatreau, 63, of Springfield was traveling north on KY 55 in a 1991 Oldsmobile when she crossed the centerline and struck a 1995 Chevy truck traveling southbound, which was being driven by William R. Bishop, 56, of Campbellsville.

  • Ford murder trial rescheduled again

    Tonya Ford won't face a jury next week after all. New information in her case has pushed her jury trial back six more months.

    On Friday, Jan. 13, when a key witness was scheduled to undergo a deposition in the case that accuses Ford of killing her former husband, Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford, the prosecution revealed that it has new information in the case.

  • State police make arrest for human trafficking

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested a man from Columbia on charges of human trafficking, unlawful transaction with a minor, and performing an illegal sex act with a person under 16 years of age.

    Adulfo DeAquino Cancino, 27, is being held in the Taylor County Detention Center. He has been identified as an undocumented immigrant.

  • School bus ad bill passes House

    State Rep. Terry Mills introduced a bill each of the past two years that would allow local school districts to sell advertising on the exterior of their school buses. Last week, House Bill 30 was passed in the Kentucky House of Representatives, 67-29.

    Mills said he knows budget cuts and the economy have impacted local school district budgets in recent years.

    "I'm purely driven by generating revenue for school districts," he said.

  • District-wide dress code a no go

    After several months of discussions, town hall meetings and a telephone survey, the Marion County School District's uniform/dress code committee recently voted against proposing a district-wide dress code to the Marion County Board of Education.

    It took only 15 minutes during a meeting held Tuesday, Jan. 10, at central office for that decision to be made. During the meeting, eight members of the committee voted in favor of proposing a district-wide dress code policy, and 11 voted against doing so.