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  • Dog daze

    Someone once said that a person's character can be judged by the compassion they have for animals.

    Kay Turpin and Sarah Gribbins at the Marion County Animal Shelter definitely believe that to be the case. On a daily basis, they see some of the most caring and some of the most callous individuals.

  • Board praises superintendent after formative evaluation

    The Marion County Board of Education last week praised Chuck Hamilton for his work as the Marion County superintendent.

    "His total score on a scale of zero to four was 3.8," board chairman Michael Mullins said in a phone interview the day after the meeting.

    The board members went into closed session at the conclusion of their Jan. 24 meeting at St. Charles Middle School to conduct Hamilton's formative evaluation.

  • Lebanon man indicted for rape, sex abuse

    Jackie Dakota Moore, 20, of 1364 St. Matthews Cemetery Road in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree rape and first-degree sex abuse (two counts).

    According to the indictment, on or about Oct. 30, Moore engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion or who was incapable of consent because she was physically helpless. The indictment also reads that on at least two occasions, he subjected another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion or who was physically helpless.

  • Lighting will be added to roundabout in Springfield

    Landmark News Service

     

    A one-vehicle injury crash on Jan. 11 was the ninth accident at the roundabout since it opened after construction last summer.

    Five of those accidents, occurring between Aug. 18 and Oct. 5 of last year, show that drivers' unawareness of the new addition likely contributed to the high number of accidents.

  • 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.