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  • Fiscal court votes to keep tax rates the same, again

    While prices for groceries and gas continue to rise, Marion Countians can breathe a little easier knowing their county taxes won't follow suit.

    During its Aug. 9 meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly recommended that the county not raise taxes, and the Marion County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to keep its 2012 tax rates the same as last year.

    "We've never raised them, so I'd hate to start now," Magistrate Jackie Wicker said.

  • Murder trial set to begin Monday in Taylor County

    Darrell Ford hasn't had a full night's sleep since his brother was killed on Feb. 10, 2009.

    He's hoping that will change soon.

    That's because the murder trial for Tonya Ford, who is accused of killing Darrell's brother and her former husband, Lebanon Police Officer David M. Ford, is scheduled to begin Monday, Aug. 20, in Taylor Circuit Court.

    Darrell said he's nervous, but relieved that the trial is finally going to proceed.

  • Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff is Top 20 Event

    The Southeast Tourism Society has named Lebanon's Kentucky Bluegrass Music Kickoff (KBMK) to their impressive Top 20 Events listing for January - March 2013. The KBMK will take place Jan. 25-26 at the Roby Dome and feature two days of bluegrass music classes, jam sessions, and friendly competition, followed by two evening performances.

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream and arts festival take center stage at Centre Square

    A fun and exciting adaptation of Shakespeare's classic masterpiece, A Midsummer Night's Dream, will take center stage at the Fine Arts Building at Centre Square Aug. 16-18. In conjunction with a jester, magic potions, and fairies, an arts festival will take place prior to the theatrical performance.

  • Marion County sees rise in percentage of college graduates

    Editor's note: The following is a news report on the increase of college graduates in Marion County from 1970 to 2010. The report was prepared by Bill Bishop, editor of the news site DailyYonder.com, and Robert Gallardo, an associate professor at Mississippi State's Southern Rural Development Center. The report is based on Census data and is specifically about Marion County and Kentucky.


  • Turtleman exhibit in the works

    Marion County is working on a new trademark, "The Buckle on the Bourbon Belt," but what people can't seem to get enough of is the Turtleman.

    According to Nicky Reynolds, executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, the Turtleman's fans keep the phones at the tourism office ringing. And people even stop in the tourism office looking for him.

  • 'Christ-like' pastor has died

    "Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him." - John 13:16

    Rev. Victor James Stansbury, 66, better known as "Brother Vic," viewed his purpose here on earth very simply.

    He was here to serve.

    And from a very young age, he did just that.

  • Jury finds woman guilty of murdering her husband

    She may never wear street clothes again.

    Sitting with her attorney, Kathleen Wise wears a black suit and takes notes with a blue ink pen. The two listen closely to the prosecutor argue why she should be found guilty of murdering her husband, Joseph Kenneth Wise, with a liquid morphine overdose. The argument was apparently persuasive.

    After 20 minutes of deliberating, all 12 jurors - 10 men and two women - agreed that Wise is guilty of intentionally murdering her husband.

  • Lebanon man accused of assaulting infants

    A 2-year-old male and a 14-month-old female were victims of assault on Saturday.

    A Lebanon man has been arrested in connection with the incident.

    Christopher Reardon, 21, of 16 Howard Avenue in Lebanon was arrested on one charge of second-degree assault and two counts of third-degree criminal abuse.

    According to the police report, the male child had a broken leg and bruising all over his body. The female also had bruising over her body.