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Today's News

  • School lawsuit could be heading to mediation

    Marion County Public Schools have more time to respond to a lawsuit filed by parents who have accused district employees of abusing special needs children.
    But the case might be resolved through mediation.
    The complaint was filed June 12 in Marion Circuit Court on behalf of Paul and Virginia Boone of Lebanon, Elizabeth J. Johnson of St. Francis and Stacey Hall of Lebanon. They are all parents of special needs children who attend or have attended Marion County High School. Hall is also the former principal of the high school.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tomato pasted

    A group of about 20 people participated in the inaugural Marion County Tomato Conflict, and many of them hope to do it again.
    “It was the most unusual, awesome day,” said Genesis Blair, 16, of Louisville, who spent much of the fight tossing tomatoes at her parents and brother.
    Her parents, James and Connie Blair, didn’t even mind that the start of the fight was delayed (the fight was scheduled for 4 p.m., but didn’t officially get going until around 5:45). James Blair said they would definitely come back if they had the chance to do it again.

  • 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.

  • 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman Program is Saturday

    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.

  • 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:

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Bethel Star Apostolic Church ‘building bridges’ in community

    By Matt Overing
    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    One church in Lebanon is hoping to build a positive environment on the city streets.
    Michael Johnson, the pastor at Bethel Star Apostolic Church, said that he wants to give something back to the community that has given him so much.
    “We want people to sense that we can relate to what they are going through,” Johnson said. “We may not agree with their lifestyle choices, but we believe in the person inside.”