Local News

  • Loretto receives half-million dollars for senior center

    The City of Loretto has received a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to renovate a former nursing home to serve as a senior center. Gov. Steve Beshear announced the grant July 27.

    At this time, Loretto seniors meet for activities in an old gymnasium, and they are sometimes displaced due to other community activities. With the grant the city will be able to renovate the 5,000-square-foot former nursing home to become a permanent center for senior citizens.

  • New group wants to be a 'lifeline' for addicts

    Mike Fenwick, the chaplain at the Marion County Detention Center, has seen how drugs and alcohol can affect people's lives and the lives of their loved ones. Through his involvement with New Beginnings Community Outreach Church in Springfield, he wants to help people who are dealing with those problems.

    "I know the difference between being set free and the decision to drink and drug," he said Friday in front of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

  • Raywick appoints new fire chief

    The Raywick Fire Department elected Herman Riggs to be the new fire chief during a special meeting Monday evening.

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm resigned last month.

    According to Helm, who had been chief since 2004, his out-of-town job commitments caused him to be away from the community too much, which is why he decided to resign. However, Kevin Corbett, who was the acting chief until Monday evening, said the department and Helm had a "disagreement," which led to Helm's resignation.

  • The Red Cross wants you

    Yesterday, the local chapter of the Red Cross, which includes Marion, Nelson and Washington counties, began their training for new volunteers.

    According to Susan B. Hardin, executive director of the Nelson County Chapter, which serves Marion, Nelson and Washington counties, the Red Cross's mission is to relieve suffering related to disaster.

    Such disasters include tornadoes, ice storms, floods, and fires, she said.

    Volunteers are on call 24/7.

  • Still missing, still searching: National search team takes on Kara Tingle Rigdon case

    Tim Miller knows what it's like to lose a child.

    His 16-year-old daughter, Laura, was abducted in his home state of Texas in 1984.

    The police determined that she was a runaway, and did not pursue her case. Miller begged the authorities for help but to no avail.

    Laura's name was never mentioned in the newspaper or on the television.

    Miller was left to search for his daughter on his own.

  • Back to the Books

    Friday, Lucia "Luci" Smith, 5, of Lebanon, along with hundreds of other youngsters, will begin her first day of school.

    She's going to be in Pam Mattingly's kindergarten class at Lebanon Elementary School. But until then, she'll enjoy her last few days of summer.

    She fidgets on the couch, clutching her mother's shirt tightly as she whispers into her ear. In her other hand, she holds a set of car keys, which she twirls between her fingers.

  • Raywick appoints new fire chief

    The Raywick Fire Department appointed a new fire chief Monday night.

    Herman Riggs was elected to be the new fire chief and Gary Harris was elected lieutenant.

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm resigned last month.

  • More details available in morphine murder case

    The Campbellsville woman accused of murdering her husband with a morphine overdose has pleaded not guilty to the crime.

    Kathleen H. Wise, 60, of 4203 Bengal Road, a registered nurse and former Medco nursing home employee, was arrested Tuesday, July 19, at 5 p.m. and charged with the domestic violence murder of her husband, Joseph Kenneth Wise. She faces as much as life in prison.

    On Monday, July 25, she pleaded not guilty in Taylor District Court.

  • Spalding appointed to city council

    Darin Spalding has been appointed to fill the vacancy on the Lebanon City Council.

    The council voted 4-0 to appoint Spalding during a special-called meeting July 27. Councilman Jay Grundy was not present at the meeting.

    The vacancy was created when Kenny Marrett resigned from the council Tuesday. Spalding appointment is effective until the Nov. 8 election, according to Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding. *

  • National search team takes on Kara Tingle Rigdon case

    Texas EquuSearch, the national group that led the search for Caylee Anthony, has taken on the Kara Tingle Rigdon case.

    Rigdon has been missing since July 17, 2010, but Tim Miller, founding director of Texas EquuSearch, said he believes he and his search team can help give some closure to Kara’s family.