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  • Four county officials have taken the oath of office

    Four Marion County elected officials took the oath of office shortly after noon Dec. 20 at the Marion County courthouse.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady, Marion County Sheriff-Elect Jimmy Clements and Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding took the oath of office. Circuit Judge Allan Bertram administered the oath.

    Mattingly, Brady and Spalding were re-elected Nov. 2. Sheriff-elect Clements does not officially become the sheriff until Jan. 1, but he was required to take the oath of office on or before that date.

  • One Call Now apologizes for glitch

    Pam Spalding, the administrative assistant for the Marion County Board of Education, sent an email Thursday afternoon regarding the One Call Now system that is used to notify teachers and parents of school closings.

    According to the email, there was a glitch as a result of "update maintenance" performed Dec. 14. The email reads that Lynn Williams from One Call Now called to apologize for the glitch that meant some parents and teachers were not notified of the school cancellation Dec. 16.

  • Marion County man dies during hunting outing

    By Donna Carman

    Landmark News Service

     

    A father-son hunting trip turned tragic Saturday as a Marion County man was found dead in a rugged wooded area in Casey County following an extensive search in brutal weather.

    William "Bill" Gruber, 51, of Bradfordsville, was pronounced dead about 1:30 a.m. Sunday by Casey County Coroner Tommy Clark, most likely the result of a heart attack.

  • Gravel Switch man gets two years for growing marijuana

    William C. Lanham, 29, of 2965 Riley Road in Gravel Switch was sentenced to two years in prison in Marion Circuit Court recently for marijuana cultivation over five plants and receiving stolen property over $500. Lanham is to report to the Marion County Detention Center by Feb. 1.

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  • The Caring Place is in danger of closing

    Listening to the stories of the abused women that now call The Caring Place home is a sobering experience. For one woman and her three young boys, the shelter is the start of an entirely new life.

    "When you have to leave a domestic violence situation, you have to leave family," she said with tears streaming down her face. "I had to leave family on both sides. My children and I have to completely start over. A brand new life."

  • Final council meeting for Osbourne, Pickerill

    Monday night was the final regular meeting for Lebanon city council members Elizabeth Ann Osbourne and Bill Pickerill.

    Both were first elected in 2000, and both mark the end of 10 years of service with the Dec. 13 meeting.

    Pickerill said it had been an honor to serve the community.

  • Real World Experience

    Katie Elliott and Jessica Sandusky climbed in the back of an ambulance as soon as they arrived at the Marion County EMS building Thursday. Both are students in the new EMT class at the Marion County Area Technology Center. Sandusky hopes to be a nurse practitioner or a pediatrician, and Elliot would like to be a photographer. This day, however, they were assisting paramedic Mike Ferguson and EMT Stephanie Thomas with a patient transfer.

  • Widow appears in court for hearing

    Tonya M. Ford was in court Tuesday, Dec. 7, for a hearing in the case that accuses her of murdering her husband.

    Ford, 37, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday, Dec. 7, morning for the discovery hearing, which lasted less than 10 minutes.

  • Higdon's Foodtown closing Jan. 22

    Higdon's Foodtown IGA will be closing next month around Jan. 22, owner Jimmy Higdon said Monday.

    "We'll function as normal through the first few weeks of January, then we'll have some sales to close out the inventory," he said.

  • 'Turtle Man' could be coming to TV

    Ernie Brown Jr., better known as the Turtle Man, just might become a television star soon.

    Brown has signed a development deal with Sharp Entertainment, according to Marcel Arsenault, the company's coordinator of development.