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  • $2,500 reward to help find missing woman

    The family and friends of Kara Tingle Rigdon, who hasn't been seen since July 17, are offering a $2,500 reward for information leading to her whereabouts.

    The last time anyone saw Kara Rigdon, 27, of Gravel Switch, she was on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch.

  • Outgoing board members say goodbye

    Last week's Marion County Board of Education meeting marked the final meeting for Board Chairwoman Sister Kay Carlew and Board Members Alex Ackermann and Brad Mattingly. In January, Ed Hacker, Michael Mullins and Mike Cecil, who won the election in November, will be taking their places on the board.

  • Superintendent's evaluation cancelled

    A mid-year evaluation of Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith, which was scheduled for this past Monday, was cancelled after a majority of the school board decided it would be best to delay his evaluation until the newly-elected board convenes in January.

    But, according to Superintendent Smith, no matter who conducts his evaluation, he is in a "no-win situation."

  • Pay decision pending for tourism director

    While other tourism bureaus across the state and country are feeling the financial strain of the economy, the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is experiencing a $30,000 increase in revenue compared to last year, and it is under budget in its expenses. But, apparently that's not enough proof that its director deserves a raise.

  • 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.

    In other circuit court matters:

  • 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.