Today's News

  • Artist reception at County Seat on Aug. 30

    Susan Crum-Cox will be having an artist reception at County Seat in Lebanon from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday, Aug. 30.
    The exhibit will feature new paintings that Crum-Cox created during her artist residency at Hot Springs National Park this past April. The reception is free and open to the public.
    To read a short article about her residency in Hot Springs, visit her website at www.susancrumcox.com.

  • Correction

    In last week’s news story regarding Andrew Lanham being sentenced to 10 years in prison for robbing US Bank in Loretto, it stated that court documents stated that Lanham had been violating the law since the age of 16. Actually, that is incorrect.
    The document actually said that Lanham had been working since the age of 16. We regret the mistake. Publisher Stevie Lowery misread the judge’s handwriting, and she apologizes to the Lanham family for the mistake. It completely was unintentional.

  • Telling her own story

    Leah Hazelwood had two goals for the 2018 Distinguished Young Women competition.
    One, she wanted to win an interview award.
    Two, she wanted to show up her older sister, Alexus, who competed in the Distinguished Young Woman competition in 2014.
    Saturday evening, Hazelwood accomplished all of that and then some.

  • Former MCHS band director sentenced to six years in prison

    Curtis Bennett, former Marion County High School teacher and band director, will be spending the next six years in prison after pleading guilty to sex offenses involving female students.
    Bennett was sentenced Thursday morning in Marion Circuit Court before Marion Circuit Judge Todd Spalding. His sentence also requires him to register as a lifetime sex offender, complete sex offender treatment and pay $160 in court costs.
    Bennett was first arrested on Jan. 6, 2016, after an investigation found evidence of inappropriate activity between Bennett and a female student.

  • Gravel Switch man sentenced to 10 years in prison for US Bank robbery

    Andrew Lanham of Lanham Road in Gravel Switch was sentenced to 10 years in prison after being found guilty of first-degree robbery and theft of an automobile.
    In October of last year, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office arrested Lanham in connection with a robbery that occurred Oct. 6, at US Bank in Loretto.
    Lanham stole a car at TGKY in Lebanon the morning before the robbery. He was an employee at TGKY at the time. The stolen car was recovered on George Beaven Road in Loretto.

  • Raywick teen indicted for rape, sex abuse

    A Raywick teenager was indicted for sodomy, sex abuse and rape in Marion Circuit Court on July 31.
    Charles E. Spurlock III, 19, of 795 Clell Mattingly Road in Raywick was indicted for two counts of first-degree sodomy, first-degree sex abuse, two counts of first-degree unlawful transaction with a minor, first-degree criminal attempt to commit sodomy, and first-degree rape.

  • Campbellsville man arrested for damaging Scott’s Ridge lookout

    Steven Craig Benningfield, 23, of Campbellsville was arrested on July 29 in Taylor County for second-degree criminal mischief. His arrest resulted from an investigation into a June 21 incident in which Benningfield is accused of unlawfully damaging property at the Scott’s Ridge Road lookout near Raywick. Benningfield was lodged in the Taylor County Detention Center with bail set at $2,500.

  • Teen indicted for car thefts, criminal mischief

    One of two teenagers believed to be responsible for a string of vehicle thefts was indicted in Marion Circuit Court July 31.
    John S. Melger, 18, of Lebanon was arrested in June after the Marion County Sheriff’s Office found evidence that connected him, and a 16-year-old male, whose name hasn’t been released, to several crimes.
    According to the indictment, Melger, 18 of 140 Rosenwald Village was indicted for theft by unlawful taking over $10,000 (auto), first-degree criminal mischief and third-degree arson.

  • Bradfordsville woman indicted for burglary

    Elizabeth Isabele, 35, of 960 Bradfordsville Road in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree burglary, defacing a firearm, and possession of a defaced firearm in Marion Circuit Court recently. According to the indictment, on or about Nov. 18, 2015, Isabele knowingly entered or remained unlawfully in a building with intent to commit a crime, intentionally defaced a firearm or aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act, and was found to be in possession of a defaced firearm. Her bond was set at $20,000, and she was ordered to have no contact with the victim or premises.

  • Gravel Switch woman no longer missing

    Karen M. Cooley of Gravel Switch is no longer missing. The Marion County Sheriff’s Office confirmed her whereabouts last week. On July 16, family members reported Cooley missing. During that time, it had been reported that she had been in contact with her family and that she might be in Arizona. On Aug. 1, Cooley contacted the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and stated that she would be returning to Kentucky in a few days. On Aug. 3, Deputy Ben Lancaster reported that he met with Cooley in Gravel Switch to confirm that she was no longer missing.