Local News

  • Ex-MAC employee acquitted of rape charges

    In June, Crystal B. McNear was indicted on 37 counts of third-degree rape. On Nov. 15, she was found not guilty of all charges.

    McNear, 28, of 6378 Old Lebanon Road in Campbellsville is a former employee of Marion Adjustment Center. As an employee of a corrections facility, it would be considered against the law for her to subject herself  to sexual intercourse with an inmate at the prison, under Kentucky state law.

  • SCC students feel wrath of deer

    Two St. Catharine College students driving through Lebanon were recently blindsided by a deer.

    "We were just driving and out of nowhere came a deer," Jacob Williams, of Indianapolis, Ind., a passenger in the vehicle, said via email Sunday night. "It was a sudden impact and the next thing I know there was a deer looking at me."

  • Hoping for stability, county accepts more expensive health insurance proposal

    A few years ago, the Marion County Fiscal Court received a health insurance renewal proposal that was more than 40 percent higher than the previous year. To keep its costs from going up that much, the county adopted a new kind of health insurance.

    With that in mind, a majority of the Marion County Fiscal Court voted to approve a  renewal proposal from its current health insurance provider, Humana, rather than a less expensive plan from United Healthcare.

  • Ford murder trial set to begin Monday, Nov. 28

    More than 150 people have been called as potential jurors to decide whether a Campbellsville woman killed her husband, Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford.

    Tonya Ford appeared for a final pretrial hearing on Monday before her trial begins next Monday in Taylor Circuit Court.

    Ford appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly for a total of 10 minutes with her attorney, Danny Butler of Greensburg.

  • Guinness World Record stackers!

    A.C. Glassock Elementary School students took part in the "World's Largest Sport Stacking Event" Thursday, Nov. 17.

    During the course of the Guinness World Records Day, GES students and sport stackers from all reaches of the world stacked up and down, stacking various pyramids and patterns at lightning speed, all combined with a variety of fitness activities. Students raced against the clock, competed in relays and combined sport stacking with fitness challenges as a part of their physical education classes.

  • Pill Mill Bill could pass in 2012

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon admits that he didn't think "pill mills" were a big concern until one of them showed up in Lebanon last year.

    "There had been bills before, but I had never really been sympathetic to it," he said.

    Lebanon Medical Solutions wasn't open very long, but it was long enough to get Higdon's attention. He filed a "pill mill bill" during the 2011 session of the General Assembly, but the bill didn't get enough traction to get through the legislature.

  • MCPS: What not to wear

    A decision has not yet been made about requiring school uniforms or enacting a district-wide dress code, but the pros and cons were discussed during a town hall meeting Monday, Nov. 14.

    Approximately 35 people attended the meeting in Marion County High School's cafeteria, including parents, students, school employees, school board members and members of the district's uniform/dress code committee. Some of those in attendance were very much in favor of uniforms or a district-wide dress code, others were opposed and a few were on the fence.

  • Turtleman Tales!

    Ernie Brown Jr., better known as the Turtleman, has taken on Hollywood with his turtle catching talents. He has a new television show, "Call of the Wildman," on the Animal Planet, and he has appeared on various television shows, including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

    Much like the game "Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon" the Turtleman could probably claim that he has met, danced with or even "Yee Yee Yee'd" at almost every resident in Marion County.

  • Former jail employees indicted in federal court

    A pair of former Marion County deputy jailers were indicted Tuesday on federal charges involving providing contraband to inmates and possession and distribution of narcotics, according to United States Attorney David Hale.
    Michael Cook, 24, and Shawn Perkins, 35, both of Lebanon, were indicted Nov. 22 in Louisville in U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky. Cook and Perkins were arrested Sept. 27 at the Marion County Detention Center.

  • One-year-old dies in two-vehicle collision

    Rashawna Vancleave, 1, of Lebanon died after a two-vehicle collision Tuesday evening, Nov. 15, on Campbellsville Highway at the intersection with McElroy Pike.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Rashawna was belted but not in a child restraint. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

    Another child, Ryasia Vancleave, 2, was also belted, but not in a child restraint. Ryasia was treated at Spring View Hospital and released.