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  • Man with local ties dies in single-vehicle crash

    A New Haven man died Tuesday of last week after a single-vehicle crash in LaRue County.

    According to LaRue County Deputy Marcus Jackson, Joseph David "Joe David" Ray Shoffner, 19, was driving near Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek about 4:20 p.m. when he lost control of the Chevrolet Blazer. The tires dropped off the right side of the roadway and Shoffner overcorrected. The vehicle went into a side skid and rolled three or four times.

    Shoffner, who was not wearing a seatbelt, was ejected. LaRue County Fire Department responded also to the scene.

  • Thrilling night

    Christine Mattingly had trouble going to sleep Sunday morning, but so did the rest of her family, according to her mother, Carol.   What time did she finally get to sleep?   "Probably around 5 o'clock," Mattingly said.

    The excitement was understandable since she had been named the 2011 Marion County Junior Miss. In addition to winning the overall title, Mattingly also received awards in every category - fitness, interview, scholastic, self-expression and talent.

  • Washington County resident sentenced to 53 years in Tennessee murder case

    A Knox County, Tenn., judge on Friday, Aug. 6, rejected the notion that the lone female suspect in a January 2007 torture slaying was a young innocent under the domination of brutal killers.

    Instead, Criminal Court Judge Richard Baumgartner deemed Vanessa Coleman, 22, a street-savvy woman in firm command of her actions and callously indifferent to the consequences.

  • November election filings

    Marion County voters will have plenty to decide when they go to the polls Nov. 2.

    The biggest race on the ballot is the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Jim Bunning. Attorney General Jack Conway, a Democrat, and Dr. Rand Paul, a Republican, are vying to replace Bunning.

    Incumbent Second District Congressman Brett Guthrie, a Republican, is facing a challenge from Democrat Ed Marksberry.

    At the state level, 24th District State Rep. Terry Mills, a Democrat, is running against Republican Leo Johnson. This is a rematch of the special election held earlier this year.

  • New food company to relocate to Lebanon

    Greg Ransdell, CEO of R.L. Schreiber, Inc. announced Friday, Aug. 6, that the manufacturer of food bases, spices and specialty items will move their manufacturing and distribution facilities from Pompano Beach, Fla., to Lebanon.

    R.L. Schreiber, Inc. is a family owned and operated food manufacturing company established in 1968 by Raymond L. Schreiber. The company supplies food bases, spices, seasoning blends and related products to approximately 12,000 restaurants through a nationwide network of 122 distributors.

  • Interim high school principal appointed

    Chris Brady will be leading Marion County High School, at least, for now.

    Brady, the assistant principal at Lebanon Middle School, has been appointed as the 2010-11 interim principal for Marion County High School by Superintendent Donald Smith.

    "I believe that Mr. Brady will work hard to ensure students are safe and learning, that faculty and staff are given the support they  need , and that MCHS will continue to work towards being a top ten high school in Kentucky," Smith wrote in a statement announcing the appointment.

  • InBrief

    Two wrecks occur in Bradfordsville

    A Bradfordsville teenager is lucky to be alive, according to law enforcement officials, after he was involved in a one-vehicle accident near Bradfordsville Monday, Aug. 2. The accident occurred at 2:56 p.m. on Highway 337, approximately three miles east of Bradfordsville. Shawn Crabtree, 16, of Bradfordsville was driving a 1991 Chevrolet S-10 pickup truck when he lost control of the vehicle and traveled off the roadway, striking several trees.

  • Taking a walk

    Going for a walk with a blind man can be an eye opening experience.

    David Holliday estimates that he walks five miles per day with his seeing-eye dog, Deacon. Because of all that walking, Holliday has become quite familiar with the city's sidewalks, as well as where they could use some improvements.

    Holliday, a member of the Lebanon Human Rights Commission, first developed vision problems in his 30s. He has had detached retinas in both eyes, glaucoma and cataracts. He is totally blind in one eye and can only see things a few inches from his other eye.

  • Heart of Kentucky Bourbon & BBQ MusicFest deemed a success

    The first Heart of Kentucky Bourbon & BBQ MusicFest was held this past weekend in Lebanon. And, for its first year, it was a success, according to Brad Mattingly, Marion County Chamber of Commerce president.

    "I am very satisfied with the weekend's activities," he said Monday morning. "The feedback I've received has been quite positive."

  • First Day

    Jim Thomas has worked for Marion County EMS for 20 years, and in that time, he's taught many others how to do his job. But this fall, he'll be tackling a new challenge - teaching high school students.

    Although he's used to teaching adults, he has taught children before, albeit small children at St. Augustine Grade School.

    "I've dealt with young age children before teaching CPR. They enjoyed it," Thomas said.