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  • Planning the road ahead

    Dion Benningfield and Pat Reed hovered over a map of KY 49 laid out on a table Nov. 21 at Centre Square. Brad Bottoms, a designer with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, spoke to them about various options being considered for a future road improvement project.
    “I was just wanting to see what their plans were. I didn’t know how it would affect me,” Benningfield said.
    As it turned out, one option would move the road from in front of his house to behind his house.
    “I’m just going to learn more about it,” Benningfield said.

  • Arson attempt at distillery under investigation

    Representatives from the state fire marshal’s office and a Kentucky State Police arson investigator came to Limestone Branch Distillery Friday, Nov. 22, to investigate an arson attempt.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report of a possible break-in at Limestone Branch at 5:49 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Upon arriving at the scene, the police discovered an active fire, and the Lebanon Fire Department was contacted.
    According to the Kentucky State Police, the fire did not affect the structural integrity of the building and no injuries were reported.

  • Submit your funny, awkward Santa photos!

    It's that time of year again.
    It's time to take your children to get their photos taken with Santa Claus.
    After all, it's a tradition, right?
    Every year, we dress our children up in their most festive holiday outfits, hoping to get that perfect photo of Santa Claus and little Johnny and Sally smiling with rosy, dimpled cheeks.
    But, let's be honest.
    That rarely, if ever, happens.

  • Commonwealth offers plea to man accused of shooting deputy

    The Commonwealth’s Attorney has made a plea offer to Dewayne Shipp, the man facing murder charges in connection with the death of Marion County Deputy Sheriff Anthony Rakes.

    According to court records, the offer was made Nov. 21 in Marion Circuit Court.

    Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly has scheduled another hearing for Dec. 5 to review Shipp’s response to the offer. The details of the offer are not yet available.

  • Fire report at Limestone Branch Distillery under investigation

    Representatives from the state fire marshal’s office and a Kentucky State Police arson investigator came to Limestone Branch Distillery Friday, Nov. 22, to investigate an attempted arson.

    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a report possible break-in at Limestone Branch at 5:49 a.m. Friday, Nov. 22. Upon arriving at the scene, the police discovered an active fire, and the Lebanon Fire Department was contacted.

  • Stacey Hall resigns from MCPS

    Stacey Hall, former principal of Marion County High School and, most recently, the director of federal programs at central office, has announced his resignation from Marion County Public Schools effective Nov. 29.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser sent an email to staff and the media at 11:57 a.m., Friday, Nov. 22. The email reads as follows:

  • KSP seeking man accused in 2005 Casey County shooting

    Jesus Villanueva, 60,  is wanted for first-degre assault. 

    Villanuea is accused of shooting a man on Aug. 1, 2005, in Casey County. His last known address was in Gainesville, Hall County, GA.

    If anyone has any information regarding the whereabouts of Jesus Villanueva, please contact the Kentucky State Police at 1-800-222-5555. 

    You may also text a tip by texting 67283 in the address field and KSPTIP in the message field.  Leave a space and then enter information about a crime.

  • A portion of KY 2744 in Marion County will be closed on Monday

    The following announcement is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

    Marion County maintenance crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be replacing a pipe beneath KY 2744 on Monday, Nov. 25.  Closure of the road will take place just north of the KY 208 intersection beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Work should be completed by 3 p.m.  Motorists may use KY 3221 to access the northern end of KY 2744.

  • Lebanon man dies after accident on Ky. 49

    Daniel Mattingly was flown to University Hospital in Louisville after a single-vehicle accident Nov. 11 on Ky. 49. Mattingly, 60, of Lebanon was pronounced dead at 1:15 p.m. Nov. 20 at the hospital.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Mattingly was driving north on Ky. 49 in a 1993 Chevy at the time of the accident. The police reported that he lost control of the vehicle, ran off the shoulder and struck a culvert about one mile south of Loretto around 1 p.m. Nov. 11.

  • Christmas in the Country is Dec. 7

    Bradfordville will be hosting its annual Christmas in the Country celebration on Saturday, Dec. 7.
    The day will begin with a Christmas Bazaar at 9 a.m. at the Bradfordsville School and Community Building. A chili supper will also be served at the bazaar.
    Eight booths have been registered so far. Anyone interested in setting up, at the bazaar should contact Fay Cochran at 270-337-4666.