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  • Maple Street man accused of unlawful imprisonment

    Marion Lee Price, 34, of 555 Maple Street Apt. 33 in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree unlawful imprisonment, terroristic threatening, fourth-degree assault, violation of Kentucky EPO/DVO, and second-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about June 4, Price knowingly and unlawfully restrained another under circumstances that exposed her to risk of serious physical injury.
    Price was also over the age of 21 and stood convicted of at least one prior felony after his 18th birthday.

  • Chiropractor challenges local businesses to support The Caring Place

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Summer intern

    Dr. Dennis Short, a local chiropractor, knew that he wanted to donate a portion of his money to a non-profit organization in town.

    He just didn't know where.

    "I wanted to give local because I can see the benefits of it," he said. "So I started asking around. I wanted to do something. But what is it?"

  • Former state senator, county judge dies

    Randall Donahue of Loretto was a public official and a business leader who cared about his community and making it better. He died July 25 at the age of 76.

    Loretto Mayor Robert Miles went to school with Donahue. He recalled the day in the third grade when Donahue fell from a tree and injured his arm (a problem that would affect Donahue the rest of his life), but more than that, he remembered Donahue as a friendly person.

  • Containing the flames

    A local forest ranger stepped up to help out the Sunshine State for a few weeks this summer.

    "The folks down that away were really happy to see us," said Jody Benningfield, a forest ranger and technician with the Kentucky Division of Forestry

  • Loretto receives half-million dollars 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 July 27.

    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.

  • New group wants to be a 'lifeline' for addicts

    Mike Fenwick, the chaplain at the Marion County Detention Center, has seen how drugs and alcohol can affect people's lives and the lives of their loved ones. Through his involvement with New Beginnings Community Outreach Church in Springfield, he wants to help people who are dealing with those problems.

    "I know the difference between being set free and the decision to drink and drug," he said Friday in front of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

  • Raywick appoints new fire chief

    The Raywick Fire Department elected Herman Riggs to be the new fire chief during a special meeting Monday evening.

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm resigned last month.

    According to Helm, who had been chief since 2004, his out-of-town job commitments caused him to be away from the community too much, which is why he decided to resign. However, Kevin Corbett, who was the acting chief until Monday evening, said the department and Helm had a "disagreement," which led to Helm's resignation.

  • The Red Cross wants you

    Yesterday, the local chapter of the Red Cross, which includes Marion, Nelson and Washington counties, began their training for new volunteers.

    According to Susan B. Hardin, executive director of the Nelson County Chapter, which serves Marion, Nelson and Washington counties, the Red Cross's mission is to relieve suffering related to disaster.

    Such disasters include tornadoes, ice storms, floods, and fires, she said.

    Volunteers are on call 24/7.

  • Still missing, still searching: National search team takes on Kara Tingle Rigdon case

    Tim Miller knows what it's like to lose a child.

    His 16-year-old daughter, Laura, was abducted in his home state of Texas in 1984.

    The police determined that she was a runaway, and did not pursue her case. Miller begged the authorities for help but to no avail.

    Laura's name was never mentioned in the newspaper or on the television.

    Miller was left to search for his daughter on his own.

  • Back to the Books

    Friday, Lucia "Luci" Smith, 5, of Lebanon, along with hundreds of other youngsters, will begin her first day of school.

    She's going to be in Pam Mattingly's kindergarten class at Lebanon Elementary School. But until then, she'll enjoy her last few days of summer.

    She fidgets on the couch, clutching her mother's shirt tightly as she whispers into her ear. In her other hand, she holds a set of car keys, which she twirls between her fingers.