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Today's News

  • Former LaRue principal negotiates plea deal

    By Doug Ponder
    Landmark News Service

    Former LaRue County High School Principal Kyle Goodlett has negotiated a plea deal in his federal child pornography trial.
    Federal court documents show that Goodlett’s lawyer, Christopher A. Spedding of Lexington, has filed an unopposed motion for a change of plea for Goodlett and that a federal plea agreement has been negotiated. However, the terms of the agreement have not been released.

  • Lawsuits Former MCHS band director facing civil complaints by two former students

    Curtis Bennett, former Marion County High School teacher and band director who will be sentenced on Aug. 3 for sex offenses involving female students, is facing two civil lawsuits.
    Bennett was first arrested on Jan. 6, 2016, after an investigation found evidence of inappropriate activity between Bennett and a female student.
    At that time, he pled not guilty to the charges, and resigned from his position as a teacher and band director at MCHS. He had been working at MCHS since August of 2011.

  • Persons of interest ID’d in hit and run death

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office have interviewed two people of interest in the hit and run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.
    Wheatley was found dead, lying in the roadway near the entrance to Maker’s Mark Distillery early Sunday morning, July 16. At 2:42 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a body laying in the roadway on Bill Samuels Road in Loretto. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the deceased body of Wheatley laying in the westbound lane of Bill Samuels Road.

  • Loretto man still missing

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the report of a missing Loretto man.
    Gary T. Tacey, 53, was reported missing on June 23 by his girlfriend. Tacey was last seen on June 19 at his home at 60 Paul Brady Road near Loretto.
    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said local law enforcement, along with search and rescue personnel and two teams of canine cadaver dogs, recently completed a two-day search of a 140-acre farm property in Loretto, but there were no results from that search.

  • Gravel Switch woman reported missing

    The family of Karen M. Cooley, 44, of Gravel Switch has reported her missing, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Magistrates concerned about ‘hefty’ water rate increase

    Marion County water customers could soon be paying more for their water each month, which wasn’t welcomed news at the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting last week.
    The Lebanon City Council recently approved a rate increase for Lebanon Water Works Company, and the Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer. The Marion County Water District is a distribution-only system, and has a 40-year contract with Lebanon Water Works.

  • New CES principal is ready to get going

    Paul Terrell’s father and namesake is who inspired him to become an educator. And, as fate would have it, they are both starting new jobs as principals at two Marion County schools next month.
    Terrell’s father is going to be principal at St. Augustine Grade School, and he was hired last week to become Calvary Elementary School’s principal.

  • MCPS Jumpstart Day is Aug. 1

    Marion County students set to attend the new Marion County Middle School for sixth and seventh graders and the Marion County Knight Academy eighth and ninth can get a feel for the new school year by attending Jump Start Day on Aug. 1.  Both schools will host students from 8 a.m. until noon with an opportunity to experience a modified school day.  

  • Lebanon man indicted in Washington County after police chase

    A Lebanon man faces multiple charges after an incident in Washington County earlier this year.
    Mark A. Mattingly, 38, of Eastridge Cemetery Road in Lebanon, is charged with five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment involving a police officer (Class D felony), and one count each of first-degree fleeing/evading (Class D felony), first-degree criminal mischief (Class D felony), resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor), operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license (Class B misdemeanor) and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Library finalizes plans to move to temporary location

    By Amy Morgeson
    Marion County Library Director

    The recent news that Marion County Public Library has been awarded a generous state grant of $2.9 million to renovate and expand the existing 201 East Main Street location is full of happy excitement, but will also bring with it some changes to accommodate for the construction project. Library services will need to be moved out of the building and into a temporary operation site as the work begins.