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  • Couple's family grows after they adopt through fostering

    Amber Wathen broke down in tears as she and her husband, Craig, walked out of the doctor’s office. They had driven more than 10 hours for the procedure, only to be told that her husband’s reverse vasectomy probably wouldn’t work. It had been too long since he’d gotten the procedure done in the first place.
    Craig had gotten the vasectomy seven years before after having two kids in his previous marriage.

  • A new lease on life

    By Trey Crumble
    Landmark News Service

    Losing a limb can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, drastically changing it, but Marion County native Shawn Gaither said the experience has given him a new appreciation of life.
    Gaither, who has been a Type 2 diabetic for about 20 years, lost his right leg after a surgery in February.  
    Gaither initially sustained an infection in his pinky toe, which later spread to the rest of his foot. After consulting with doctors, Gaither decided it was best to amputate his foot.

  • Meeting 'Pope Frank'

    By Rick Cousins
    Galveston County Daily News

    At informal gatherings, it’s not uncommon to go from name dropping to comparing notes among friends as to the famous folks each have met. Perhaps one met a movie star once, or another a presidential candidate, or even a contestant from American Idol or The Voice. But it would be hard to top shaking hands with the Pope, the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
    The man who heads up Vatican City and the estimated 1.2 billion Catholics is not an easy fellow to come across for any given person.

  • To protect and serve

    Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Greg Young flips on the blue lights of his police cruiser and steps out in the middle of the street. He looks both ways to make sure the traffic is clear before walking toward a large fallen branch, picking it up and setting it off to the side of the road.
    “Most people don’t realize we do that kind of stuff,” he says as he gets back into the car. “A fallen branch like that will make someone swerve, possibly run into another car. It’s dangerous.”

  • Getting high behind bars

    The Marion County Detention Center continues to deal with serious overcrowding issues, but there’s another problem that’s keeping Jailer Barry Brady awake at night, quite literally.
    Just last week, Brady received a phone call in the middle of the night from his staff at the jail informing him of a medical emergency involving a female inmate who had smuggled drugs into the facility. But, it’s how she snuck the drugs into the facility that’s even more disturbing.

  • Lebanon man dies in single-vehicle car accident

    A Lebanon man died after being ejected from his car during a single-vehicle accident early Sunday morning.
    At 3:59 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received a report of a single-vehicle collision on Campbellsville Highway, approximately one mile west of Lebanon.

  • ‘For the love of the family tradition’

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

  • Letting go

    Last year, when Tracy Cochran sent her daughter, Avery, to middle school for the first time, both of them were terrified.
    “Just the thought of going to middle school, and the stories that you sometimes hear,” Tracy said, “I was very, very nervous.”
    She said both of them were in tears. Avery’s transition from Calvary Elementary to Lebanon Middle School felt like too much for both of them.
    “I was scared that my old friends wouldn’t be my friends anymore,” Avery said.

  • Prosecutors still want to hear from grandmother in case of missing woman

    Landmark News Service

    Almost two months after a grandmother was subpoenaed to testify about her former vehicle, which investigators suspect might be connected to a local woman’s disappearance, it is still unclear as to whether or not she will have to appear before a grand jury.

  • PLTW provides hands-on experience for students

    For some students, the idea of joining the American workforce is in some distant future. It’s hazy and so far away that it might not matter to them. For others, it’s a reality they embrace openly.
    Thanks to the Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program, Laura Ackerman, a senior at Marion County High School, was able to spend a week following engineers doing what she hopes will be part of her future. She spent a week in a co-op with the Elizabethtown Transportation Cabinet, where she learned from engineers and reaffirmed her desire to continue in the engineering field.