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  • Sophie Clark named 2017 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman

    Marion County High School senior Sophie Clark was named the 2017 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman Saturday evening, Aug. 6.

    Clark also won the overall scholastic award, a self-expression award and a talent award.

    Clark is the daughter of Tim and Becky Clark of Lebanon.

    Other winners include:

    First runner-up: Anna Winebrenner

    Second runner-up: Carly Mattingly

    Third runner-up: Caroline Reed

    Preliminary scholastic winners: Caroline Reed, Carly Mattingly and Anna Winebrenner

  • Man falsely reports family's murder

    Local law enforcement responded to a call on Sunday, July 31, after a man claimed someone was shooting at him and killed his entire family.
    Ronnie D. Johnson, 31, of Liberty was arrested and charged with falsely reporting an incident and for public intoxication (controlled substance, excluding alcohol).
    The incident took place at 2785 Rush Branch Road near the Marion County/Casey County line at a property owned by Marion County resident Jon Michael.

  • Two charged in Boyle County after children found living in ‘shed'

    Three Boyle County children have been taken into protective custody and two adults have been charged with abuse after officials found them living in a “shed” behind a residence on Lebanon Road.
    Gregory Russell Wilkerson, 44, and Brandi Harmon, 25, were arrested by Boyle County Deputy Casey McCoy after McCoy and social services workers responded to a report of child abuse or neglect at the Lebanon Road location, according to a news release from the Boyle County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Campbellsville's wet-dry vote set for Sept. 20

    By Franklin Clark
    Landmark News Service

    Taylor County has announced that an alcohol referendum will take place within Campbellsville city limits on Tuesday, Sept. 20.
    Pat Keefe, who has been getting signatures for the referendum, needed 527, and turned in 570.
    “I had well over 850 signatures, however, not all lived in the city and not all were registered voters,” said Keefe. “(Taylor County Clerk Mark Carney) validated 560 or so — plenty more than required.”

  • Gotta catch ‘em all over Lebanon

    If you see a bearded man walking up and down Main Street, staring at his smart phone, scrolling with his index finger vigorously, or positioning his phone to get a good look at something with his camera, don’t think anything of it. He might be James Simpson, and he’s just playing Pokémon Go.
    Sure, Simpson might be pointing his camera at something across the street, but if you look in the same direction, you won’t see what he’s seeing. That’s because you’re in our world. Simpson, however, is in the world of Pokémon Go.

  • Couple's family grows after they adopt through fostering

    Amber Wathen broke down in tears as she and her husband, Craig, walked out of the doctor’s office. They had driven more than 10 hours for the procedure, only to be told that her husband’s reverse vasectomy probably wouldn’t work. It had been too long since he’d gotten the procedure done in the first place.
    Craig had gotten the vasectomy seven years before after having two kids in his previous marriage.

  • A new lease on life

    By Trey Crumble
    Landmark News Service

    Losing a limb can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, drastically changing it, but Marion County native Shawn Gaither said the experience has given him a new appreciation of life.
    Gaither, who has been a Type 2 diabetic for about 20 years, lost his right leg after a surgery in February.  
    Gaither initially sustained an infection in his pinky toe, which later spread to the rest of his foot. After consulting with doctors, Gaither decided it was best to amputate his foot.

  • Meeting 'Pope Frank'

    By Rick Cousins
    Galveston County Daily News

    At informal gatherings, it’s not uncommon to go from name dropping to comparing notes among friends as to the famous folks each have met. Perhaps one met a movie star once, or another a presidential candidate, or even a contestant from American Idol or The Voice. But it would be hard to top shaking hands with the Pope, the Holy Father, the Vicar of Christ on Earth.
    The man who heads up Vatican City and the estimated 1.2 billion Catholics is not an easy fellow to come across for any given person.

  • To protect and serve

    Lebanon Assistant Police Chief Greg Young flips on the blue lights of his police cruiser and steps out in the middle of the street. He looks both ways to make sure the traffic is clear before walking toward a large fallen branch, picking it up and setting it off to the side of the road.
    “Most people don’t realize we do that kind of stuff,” he says as he gets back into the car. “A fallen branch like that will make someone swerve, possibly run into another car. It’s dangerous.”

  • Getting high behind bars

    The Marion County Detention Center continues to deal with serious overcrowding issues, but there’s another problem that’s keeping Jailer Barry Brady awake at night, quite literally.
    Just last week, Brady received a phone call in the middle of the night from his staff at the jail informing him of a medical emergency involving a female inmate who had smuggled drugs into the facility. But, it’s how she snuck the drugs into the facility that’s even more disturbing.