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  • Officer suspended pending theft case

    An April 19 incident involving a Lebanon Police officer at Higdon's Foodtown IGA is under investigation.

    A uniform citation by a Kentucky State Trooper reads that Jeffrey Waters, 45, of 182 Hamilton Heights allegedly put four no-bake cookies into a bag and only paid for two cookies. A May 5 summons reads that Waters is accused of two counts of theft by deception. The summons accused Waters of obtaining merchandise from Higdon's IGA by "creating a false impression the packaging of other items purchased also included the merchandise unlawfully taken."

  • Clements is voted sheriff

    Jimmy Clements defeated Carroll Kirkland for the Marion County sheriff's seat by 1,030 votes in the May 18 primary. Clements received 3,173 votes to Kirkland's 2,143 votes.

    Clements won 59.69 percent of the vote after a very heated campaign with incumbent Carroll Kirkland, who has been the sheriff since 1996. The sheriff's race wasn't the only intense contest on the ballot, however.

  • Coleman not guilty of felony murder

    A Davidson County, Tenn., jury Thursday declared Washington County native Vanessa Coleman not guilty in one death, and a facilitator in another that resulted from a series of crimes involving a Knox County, Tenn., couple.

    Coleman, a 2006 Washington County High School graduate, was arrested Jan. 31, 2007, and faced numerous charges in relation to the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Chris Newsom, 23, in Knoxville.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 20. The agenda for today's meeting is as follows:

    - Consider/Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting

    - Consider/Approval of MOA Amendments with Ky. Heritage Land Conservation Fund/WCA

    - Consider/Approval of AOC Reimbursement/Allowance agreement for Use of Court Facilities

    - Consider/Approval of Agriculture District Request

    - Consider/Approval of Road Salt "Reverse Auction" Bid Submission

  • Former superintendent has died

    Robert "Happy" Osborne, a former superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, died May 4.

    He was 72 years old.

    Osborne worked in public education for 35 years, including 12 years as the Marion County superintendent.

    "He was very proud to be called Happy," said Ernest Taylor, who held a variety of positions in Marion County Schools under Osborne.

    Taylor described Osborne as a unique individual who had a lot of great ideas for the district, although sometimes those ideas and how he implemented them caused some issues with others.

  • Rising against the flood waters

    May 2 was supposed to be a special day for the Bradys. Karen and Chris's oldest daughter, Kayla, 8, was making her First Communion at Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church. The Bradys log cabin, located off Hwy. 208, behind the former Calvary Store, had been decorated for a party after the big event.

    But instead of celebrating Kayla's big day, the Bradys got a lesson in what it means to be part of a small community.

  • Democratic Senate candidate questionnaire: Darlene Price

    Darlene Fitzgerald Price

    Address: P.O. Box 279, Whitley City, KY 42653

    Date of birth: 10-07-61

    Family information: I am a native Kentuckian and a happily married, 48-year-old mother and grandmother. I come from a proud family of cops, union (blue collar) workers and four generations of veterans who served in WWI, WWII, Korean War and the Vietnam War. This includes my son who just joined the U.S. Navy.

  • Foodtown incident involving Lebanon Police officer under investigation

    An incident involving a Lebanon Police officer April 19 at Higdon's Foodtown IGA is under investigation. Jimmy Higdon made the complaint, according to Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell's report to the Lebanon City Council.

    Bell said Monday evening that the Kentucky State Police are investigating the incident.

  • Springfield native acquitted of felony murder

    Jurors today acquitted Springfield native and 2006 Washington County High School graduate Vanessa Coleman of first-degree murder in the January 2007 torture-slayings of a West Knox County, Tenn., couple who were carjacked while on a date.

    They convicted Coleman of facilitation of felony murder and other lesser charges in the death of University of Tennessee student Channon Christian, 21, but acquitted Coleman of charges in the death of Christian's boyfriend, Christopher Newsom, 23, a trim carpenter.

  • ECTC campus opens in Springfield

    The seeds of higher education were planted in Washington County nearly two years ago when ground was broken for the Springfield campus of the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College System. Now, the campus is in full bloom and ready to receive its first full-time students this fall. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony took place Thursday afternoon to unveil the newest addition to the KCTCS.