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  • Missing inmate caught in Indiana

    A Marion County Detention Center inmate who walked away from a work detail in Washington County on Aug. 6 has been captured.

    Darrell Arrwood, 28, of Louisville was caught Aug. 9 in Indiana by the Clark County Sheriff's Department, according to Marion County Jailer Barry Brady. Arrwood is awaiting extradition to Kentucky and he will face escape charges in Washington County.

    Arrwood, 28, walked away from the Washington County recycling center around 2 p.m.  Aug. 6. 

  • 68 Jamboree alive and well

    There’s an old saying that goes: “Only time will tell.”
    For the 68 Jamboree, time has been extremely gracious.
    For the last four and a half years, the 68 Jamboree, which is four miles outside of Lebanon, has been a venue for country musicians from near and far.
    William Weatherford, 86, and Libby Myers, 75, opened the 68 Jamboree on Dec. 12, 2009, as a place for people who do not drink but still want to have a good time. The family oriented location is alcohol, smoke, drug and weapons free.

  • Lebanon man arrested after fleeing sheriff’s deputy

    Ricky L. Garrett of Lebanon was arrested following a car and foot chase Monday evening.
    Garrett was supposed to start serving a three-year sentence in June, but did not turn himself in as ordered by the court, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
    At 7:56 p.m. Aug. 4, Marion County Deputy Sheriff Nick Gray tried to make a traffic stop on Garrett, 28, in Bradfordsville because Garrett had outstanding warrants

  • Updated candidate filings for the 2014 General Election

    Aug. 12 was the deadline for candidates to file and have their names appear on the Nov. 4 General Election ballot.
    Write-in candidates, whose names will not appear on the ballot, can register until 4 p.m. Oct. 24.
    Eligible citizens have until Oct. 6 to register to vote in the November election.
    Here are the candidates who have filed so far (an “I” indicates an incumbent):

    Federal offices

  • Cellular providers pushing for greater 4G access, service

    When smartphones first came out, the number of low-income families and individuals who purchased those devices surprised many people in the cellular industry.
    Eventually, they realized those devices offered a way to access the Internet at a lower cost than buying a computer and paying for in-home service, according to Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky.
    That connectivity also meant more opportunities — more ways for anyone to search for jobs, send emails and learn about the world around them.

  • Broadway star

    Before the 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman was announced, Bethany Spalding turned to Rachel Gootee.
    "She said, 'You better give me a big hug when you win,'" Gootee recalled.
    Even with that bit of foreshadowing, Gootee said she was surprised when her name was called Saturday night at Marion County High School.
    In addition to winning the overall title, Gootee also won Be Your Best Self, preliminary scholarship, self-expression and talent awards.

  • Accused murderer moved to Fayette County jail

    A man accused of being the shooter in a September 2012 murder in Dunnville will now spend his days awaiting trial in a jail cell in the Fayette County Detention Center.
    William R. “Bobby” Rigdon appeared in Casey County Circuit Court before Judge Judy Vance for a July 28 pre-trial conference.
    Rigdon, arrested in October 2012 and charged with murder in the shooting death of Gleason Pyles at Tarter Pallet Mill, has been housed in the Casey County Detention Center under a $1 million cash bond.

  • Fighting for another chance

    In the 1990s, federal officials decided to show they were getting tough on crime by implementing a “three strikes you’re out” law.
    Darrell Hayden’s third strike occurred in 1999 when he was arrested on federal charges of manufacturing marijuana and conspiracy charges in Michigan. He was convicted in 2001, and because Hayden had two prior convictions (also for growing marijuana), he was sentenced to two life sentences with 10 years of supervised probation.

  • School board: Superintendent is ‘excellent’

    It only took a few minutes Monday evening for Marion County Board of Education Chairman DeLane Pinkston to read a glowing evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser. But the school board spent nearly three and half hours in executive session before presenting their conclusions to a group of approximately 20 people who stuck around for the entire meeting. The board voted 4-0 to approve the summative evaluation.

  • Gootee is the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman

     Rachel Gootee is the 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman.

    Gootee won the title along with preliminary scholarship, self-expression, talent and Be Your Best Self awards.

    She is the daughter of John and Lou Ann Gootee.

    Look for more about Gootee in the Aug. 6 print edition.

    Here are the winners from Saturday night's program at Marion County High School:

    Distinguished Young Woman — Rachel Gootee

    First runner-up — Mary Beth Childers