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Today's News

  • Man with local ties to release movie, book

    Editor’s note: Deronte’ Smith is the son of the late Tina Smith. His father, Grant Smith, lives in Lebanon.

    A book deal. A movie. A television series. Companies to run.
    Campbellsville native Deronte' Smith is a busy man. His credits include writer, director, entrepreneur, educator, mentor and father.

  • Beshear signs bill revamping state's juvenile justice system

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Thursday joined state and local leaders to ceremonially sign legislation that revamps Kentucky’s juvenile justice system by steering more young offenders into community-based treatment instead of locking them up in detention centers.

  • School board keeps tax rate unchanged

    The Marion County Board of Education on Thursday voted 3-0 to keep its property tax rates unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The tax rate last year was 53.8 cents per $100 valuation on real and personal property. That will remain the rate for 2014-15.

  • Loretto man identified as the victim in Washington County car fire

    The Kentucky State Police have identified the victim in an Aug. 1 car fire as Thomas Ray Pendygraft, 20, of Loretto. Pendygraft was identified through DNA testing.

    The state police were called to investigate a car fire at 7:48 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Springfield Reservoir on Booker Road. A Washington County sheriff's deputy reported that a body was inside the car.

  • Dippity-do

    Visitors from all over the United States and across the globe come to Loretto to visit Maker’s Mark distillery. For many of them, one of the highlights of the trip is getting to watch bottles being dipped into the bourbon’s signature red wax — live and in person.
    “It’s kind of fun because you can tell they enjoy watching you do your job,” said Jenny Spannknebel, one of the bottling line workers at Maker’s Mark.

  • Loretto man dies after head-on collision

    A Loretto man who was involved in a two-vehicle collision on Aug. 20 died late Sunday or early Monday morning, according to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements.
    Thomas Hamilton, 59, was flown to University Hospital in Louisville after the accident, which occurred at 8:17 p.m. Aug. 20 on Hwy. 52, west of the Loretto city limits near 75 Mills Lane.
    Rita Medley, 53, of Loretto was listed in stable condition as of Monday morning at U of L.

  • Making wishes come true… Turtleman style

    Story by John Bramel
    Photography by John and Joanne Bramel

    Austin Myers, an 8-year-old Make-A-Wish recipient from Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, was adamant.
    “I want to meet Turtleman.”
    “The Make-A-Wish people wanted a backup choice, I guess, so they asked him what would be his second choice,” said Austin’s grandfather, Dennis Galecki.
    “I want to meet Turtleman,” he repeated.
    After some prompting, he said his second choice was Clay Matthews, of the Green Bay Packers.

  • CrossFit E2 – It’s not a cult, it’s a community

     Two years ago, Ross Wright decided he wanted a career change.

    He knew he wanted to do something fitness related, maybe even open his own gym. Initially, he thought about building a gym, possibly in Loretto. He even had blueprints drawn up, but finding land to build on became an issue. Then, he and his wife, Sarah, considered buying a gym, but that didn’t work out, either. In the meantime, Ross had a friend that asked him to try CrossFit at Horse Country CrossFit in Danville. He started going in February, and immediately was hooked.

  • Supreme Court denies rehearing of annexation case

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the City of Lebanon’s annexation of 415 acres of property for a second time.
    On March 20, the Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision upholding the city’s annexation. The 2006 annexation included residential properties and multiple businesses, including Wal-mart, along Campbellsville Highway into the city limits.
    On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Supreme Court unanimously denied a petition for rehearing filed on behalf of property owners who opposed the annexation.

  • Court: Ky. police liable for informant's murder

    By Andrew Wolfson
    The Courier-Journal

    After an 18-year fight, Virginia Gaither has finally won justice for her grandson, a special education student who was tortured and murdered after Kentucky State Police used him to make a drug buy despite his identity being compromised.
    In a unanimous opinion, the Kentucky Supreme Court Thursday reinstated most of a $168,729 award to her that had been thrown out by lower courts.