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Today's News

  • Last day for students likely to be May 27

    The last day of school for Marion County Public School students will likely be May 27, based on last week's meeting of the Marion County Board of Education.
    Superintendent Taylora Schlosser reminded the board that April 6-7 will be used as make-up days.
    She added that she will ask the board to approve having school on May 19, which is Primary Election Day. The General Assembly approved legislation this year that will allow school districts to use that as a make-up day as long none of their schools are being used as polling sites.

  • Calvary farmer honored for leadership

    Farming is nothing new for the Buckman family.
    "I'm sure it goes back further than that, but we can track four generations here in Calvary on the farm we're on now," said Michael Buckman, who was named this year's Outstanding Farmer by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    Today, that farm includes around 600 acres of corn and 600 acres of soybeans.
    Buckman said his family has always raised row crops, and he described the farm where he grew up as "Old McDonald's farm."

  • Election: State reps looking for a bigger office

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.
    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.
    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.

  • Nursing home robbery suspects indicted

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    Two men believed by police to be responsible for the April 5, 2014 armed robbery of Springfield Nursing and Rehab are behind bars and indictments have been brought down.
    Johnny Ray McQueen, 52, of 1407 W. Jefferson Street in Louisville, and Joshua T. Warren, 27, of 234 S. Forrest Street in Lebanon, have each been indicted by a Washington County Circuit Court grand jury on charges of first-degree robbery (Class A felony).
    McQueen was also charged as a persistent felony offender.

  • Rigdon's attorney does not fear him, believes in his innocence

    When William “Bobby” Rigdon finally gets his day in court, he has an attorney who believes in his innocence.
    “Not guilty. He’s not the shooter,” said Bridget Saunders, lead defense counsel for Rigdon, who’s facing a murder charge in the September 2012 shooting death of Wendell “Gleason” Pyles in Dunnville.
    Rigdon, currently lodged in the Fayette County Detention Center, was in Casey County Circuit Court before Circuit Judge Judy Vance on March 16.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery’s Moonpie Moonshine wins ‘World’s Best Liqueur’ award

    MoonPie Moonshine, a product of Limestone Branch Distillery, has won the award for “World’s Best Liqueur” after a blind taste test from the 2015 World Liqueur Awards. Judges noted the Chocolate MoonPie Moonshine for its rich, yet smooth flavor, the remarkable resemblance to the iconic MoonPie, and the noticeable high quality of ingredients, including Dutch chocolate and Madagascar Vanilla.

  • A chair fit for a prince

    The Prince of Wales and Duchess of Cornwall made a whirlwind trip to Kentucky recently and a Marion County native had the honor of making an average chair into a throne, so to speak, for the prince.
    Gary Clark, owner of Clark Upholstery in E’town, occasionally does work for Brown-Forman, which was responsible for the royal visit by Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla. Brown-Forman asked Clark to reupholster a chair for Prince Charles to sit in during his visit.

  • Search for Casey County man ends, subject found dead

    The search for a Casey County man who shot at police during a traffic stop on Wednesday, March 25, ended after he was found dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound Thursday, according to Kentucky State Police.

  • Man of the town

    Joe Mattingly III served as the Marion County attorney for more than 24 years and has been operating his own law firm in Lebanon for 18 years. But, what many people don’t know is that he almost played Major League Baseball.
    Well, sort of.
    “I was convinced until I got to high school that I was going to play second base for the Cincinnati Reds,” Joe said, laughing. “I was absolutely certain of that.”

  • Working toward a new life

    The pomp may have been lower key, but the circumstance was just as important to the seven most recent graduates of the GED program at the Marion County Detention Center.
    David Nelson, 36, was the first person at the jail to earn his GED after the implementation of a computer-only testing system.
    "It's been 20 years since I dropped out of school. It was not easy," Nelson said.
    For him, completing the GED, along with the substance abuse program at the jail, is a new step in his life.