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  • Ford sentenced to 20 years in prison

    She will be almost 60 before she could have a chance at regaining her freedom.

    Dressed in sweats, Tonya Ford walks with her attorney to appear before a judge and hear how many years she will spend in prison for murdering her husband.

    Her handcuffs clink together as she moves.

    A jury found Ford, 39, guilty on Aug. 24 of shooting and killing her husband, David Ford, 40, who worked as a police officer in Lebanon.

  • Johnson named Emergency Management Director of the Year

    Hayden Johnson was named the Marion County Emergency Management Director a year ago, and he's made quite an impression in that position.

    So much so that he was named the Emergency Management Director of the Year by the Kentucky Emergency Management Association during its conference Sept. 6 in Louisville.

    Johnson said he learned he won the award "when they called my name."

    "It was pretty neat to be recognized and honored by my peers," he said.

  • Lebanon man indicted on charges of abusing four children

    Christopher Reardon, 21, of 16 Howard Avenue in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree assault and first-degree criminal abuse (seven counts).

    According to the indictment, on Aug. 1, Reardon manifested extreme indifference to the value of human life by wantonly engaging in conduct that created a grave risk of death to another person (a 2-year-old male).

    His bond was set at $25,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the complaining witness or the witness's family.

  • New Harmonies opens

    The history of American music is now on display in Lebanon. The gala opening for "New Harmonies: Celebrating American Roots Music" was held Friday at the Centre Square Fine Arts Building, and the exhibit opened to the public Saturday. It will remain open from 10 a.m. To 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday through Nov. 3. A number of events are planned to coincide with the exhibit. (Watch future editions for notices about those events.)

  • Scattered power outages reported due to storm

    Power outages have been reported in Marion County as a result of Tuesday's thunderstorms by both InterCounty Energy and Kentucky Utilities.
    As of 1:40 p.m., InterCounty Energy had received reports of outages in seven areas, but those outages only affected a handful of people each. InterCounty expects to have those locations back online before 5 p.m.

  • Marion County Country Ham Days Treasure Hunt Clues

    Clues for the Marion County Country Ham Days Treasure Hunt will be given daily this week at 8 a.m. On Saturday (if the pig hasn't been found), clues will be given every hour on the hour over the radio and the stage area. The final clue will be given at 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 29!



  • Fiscal court to meet at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in regular session at the David R. Hourigan Building.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Minutes  of  the Sept. 6 meeting

    - Minutes Sept. 15 meeting

    - Recommended budget transfer(s) and job title correction(s)  in  budget

    - Consider extending maintenance/elevator service  agreement to include judicial center

    - Consider partial payment of newly acquired ambulance mechanical  expenses

  • MCHS falls short on ACT scores

    ACT exam results show that Marion County High School students aren't taking the appropriate "core" courses before their junior and senior years and, as a result, they aren't fully prepared for college-level work.

    "One thing that has to be worked on is scheduling at the high school," Marion County Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton said to school board members during their regular monthly meeting Tuesday of last week.

  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    City council expresses support for rehiring lobbyist

    The Lebanon City Council on Sept. 8 voted unanimously to express its support for hiring Karen Lentz to lobby on the city's behalf in Frankfort.

  • Lawsuit accuses dogs of killing calves

    A Marion County farmer has filed a lawsuit alleging dogs killed his cattle.

    Tommy Buckman filed the lawsuit Sept. 10 in Marion Circuit Court. Buckman has accused Tim Auch of failing to keep control of a Great White Pyrenees, which according to the complaint, killed seven of Buckman's calves between December 2011 and January 2012.