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  • Judge will allow jury to be told about guilty plea in UK student's death

    By Greg Kocher

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A judge ruled Friday that the defense for Adrian Benton can tell a jury about a co-defendant's guilty plea in the 2006 shooting death of a University of Kentucky student.

  • MCHS site-based council to meet Monday

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council is scheduled to meet at 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 16, at the high school.

    According to the meeting agenda, the council will discuss questions for the candidates to become the next high school principal, then go into executive session to discuss the candidates.

    After the executive session, the council will return to open session to set a timeline for the principal selection process.

  • Former Washington County deputy sheriffs plead guilty to firearms and drug trafficking charges

    Two former Washington County deputy sheriffs pled guilty today, May 11, in United States District Court to carrying a firearm during and in relation to a drug trafficking crime.

    Norris Wayne Bartley, 43, and Billy Joe Mattingly, 42, both of Washington County, earlier pled guilty to drug trafficking charges and averted a jury trial by entering guilty pleas to the remaining firearms charge.

  • Going the distance

    In the world of running, the Boston Marathon is the pinnacle of all races.

    It's the oldest and most prestigious 26.2-miler in the country. In its 114 years, the race has become a phenomenon. In fact, it was recently referred to as "running's Justin Bieber" in Runner's World magazine.

    But, instead of "Bieber Fever" most serious runners have "Boston Fever."

    Just ask Charley Emmons, 55, of Lebanon.

  • History not repeated

    The first weekend in May of 2010 is one Marion Countians will never forget.

    Not because of the Kentucky Derby, but rather, because of the rain.

    Driving to Bradfordsville recently, it sort of felt like déjà vu.

    Rain was saturating the county just like it was a year ago when it caused widespread flooding across the county leaving the City of Bradfordsville stranded, cut off from other areas because of the rising waters.

  • Three Republicans seek party's gubernatorial nomination

    Gov. Steve Beshear is running unopposed in the Democratic primary, but three Republicans are hoping to challenge him in November.

    On May 17, Republican voters will have a choice between Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw, businessman Phil Moffett and Senate President David Williams. All three have campaigned on the need for change in the governor's office, and each is convinced that he or she is the best candidate for the job.

  • Second time's a charm

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted to hire Chuck Hamilton as superintendent during a special-called meeting Thursday, May 5.

    Hamilton, who has been the Mercer County superintendent for the last two years, said being able to serve as the superintendent in his hometown is a dream come true.

    "When you look at a career in education... this is the pinnacle within a local school district," he said. "It actually is a dream come true to be able to do this in my hometown."

  • Primary election is May 17

    The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 17 for the 2010 Primary Election.

    Only voters who were registered with a specific party before Jan. 1 or first-time voters who registered with a party after Jan. 1 are eligible to participate in the primary.

    Voters who do not know if they are eligible to vote can call the Marion County Clerk's Office at 692-2651. To find out where to vote, citizens can call the county clerk's office or visit www.elect.ky.gov and follow the "Where Do I Vote" link.

  • Epps pleads guilty to reckless driving

    Marion County boys basketball coach Anthony Epps pled guilty to reckless driving Friday, May 5, in Marion District Court.

    Epps was arrested Oct. 23, 2010, on a charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. At the time of the arrest, Officer Greg Young conducted field tests and made the arrest on the basis of those tests. On the night of the arrest, Epps called an attorney, and after that call, he declined to take a Breathalyzer test.

  • US 68 Garage Tour is Saturday

    Classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 14, at Hardin's Garage, 114 Taylor Avenue in Lebanon.

    The U.S. 68 Garage Tour has attracted vehicles from throughout the state. Fords, Chevrolets, Mercuries and more were part of last year's show, and vehicles came from as far away as Crofton, Hopkinsville, Jamestown and Lexington.