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  • 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

  • Man dies in car fire in Washington County

     A man was found dead after car fire Friday morning in Washington County.

  • Superintendent's evaluation scheduled for Monday

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the board of education office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda includes an executive session pursuant to KRS 156.557(4) regarding preliminary discussions relating to the evaluation of a superintendent. 

    According to the agenda, after the executive session,  the board will give its summative evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser.

  • MCHS students’ ACT average is on the rise

    In three of five categories, MCHS posted its highest scores since the Kentucky Department of Education required all high school juniors to take the test.
    That includes an overall average of 19.5.
    "I wish it was across the board with every area, but it's basically in three of the five areas, we've had the highest ACT scores. And the biggest one we're looking at is that composite score," Marion County High School Principal Mike Abell said.

  • 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman Program is tonight

    Marion County Distinguished Young Women, Inc. will present the 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Women Program at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Marion County High School. Twenty-eight young ladies will participate in the program with a theme this year of “A Night on Broadway."
    The Distinguished Young Women logo is “emphasis on education” and its participants will be judged on scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.

  • Clearing a new path

    City employees have started working to alleviate problems that contributed to the three flooding events that affected downtown Lebanon last year.
    Monday morning, public works employees dug up a section of the storm sewer system at the intersection of Main Street and South Spalding Avenue. Using a camera inside the sewer pipes, the city recently discovered a collapsed section that limited water flow during heavy rains.

  • Motion for new trial filed in murder case

    Christopher Gribbins was convicted of wanton murder for the death of David Litsey Jr. on July 17.
    On July 22, Gribbins’ attorneys filed a motion for a new trial in Marion Circuit Court. Gribbins’ sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7 before Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly.
    The jury recommended a 20-year sentence at the end of the trial.

  • Hood Lane, Sterk Avenue residents indicted for assault, robbery

    Samantha J. Rigdon, 25, of 289 Hood Lane in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree assault, first-degree criminal attempt to commit robbery and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, on or about June 5, Rigdon caused serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or she aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act.

  • Holly Hill resident pleads guilty to sex abuse

    Ricardo Sunun-Gomez, 34, of 118 Holly Hill Inn in Lebanon pled guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse in Marion Circuit Court recently. The victim was under 12 years old.
    Sunun-Gomez, a.k.a. Miguiael Gonzales, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 18.
    The court has ordered that he must undergo an evaluation by the sexual offender treatment program operated or approved by the Department of Corrections and the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services.

    In other circuit court matters:

  • POWR program provides unique way to lose weight

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Rita Rawlings has been going to KORT for more than eight weeks. First, it was for her knee – she was there for physical therapy.
    Dr. Melanie Brewer came to Rawlings and told her about the Personalized Orthopedic Weight Reduction (POWR) program, and Rawlings signed on the day after her physical therapy ended.
    Brewer said the program is more comprehensive than other programs and offers a full-body approach, instead of targeting just knee pain or back pain.