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Today's News

  • Cellular providers pushing for greater 4G access, service

    When smartphones first came out, the number of low-income families and individuals who purchased those devices surprised many people in the cellular industry.
    Eventually, they realized those devices offered a way to access the Internet at a lower cost than buying a computer and paying for in-home service, according to Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky.
    That connectivity also meant more opportunities — more ways for anyone to search for jobs, send emails and learn about the world around them.

  • 68 Jamboree alive and well

    There’s an old saying that goes: “Only time will tell.”
    For the 68 Jamboree, time has been extremely gracious.
    For the last four and a half years, the 68 Jamboree, which is four miles outside of Lebanon, has been a venue for country musicians from near and far.
    William Weatherford, 86, and Libby Myers, 75, opened the 68 Jamboree on Dec. 12, 2009, as a place for people who do not drink but still want to have a good time. The family oriented location is alcohol, smoke, drug and weapons free.

  • Accused murderer moved to Fayette County jail

    A man accused of being the shooter in a September 2012 murder in Dunnville will now spend his days awaiting trial in a jail cell in the Fayette County Detention Center.
    William R. “Bobby” Rigdon appeared in Casey County Circuit Court before Judge Judy Vance for a July 28 pre-trial conference.
    Rigdon, arrested in October 2012 and charged with murder in the shooting death of Gleason Pyles at Tarter Pallet Mill, has been housed in the Casey County Detention Center under a $1 million cash bond.

  • Gootee is the 2015 Distinguished Young Woman

     Rachel Gootee is the 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman.

    Gootee won the title along with preliminary scholarship, self-expression, talent and Be Your Best Self awards.

    She is the daughter of John and Lou Ann Gootee.

    Look for more about Gootee in the Aug. 6 print edition.

    Here are the winners from Saturday night's program at Marion County High School:

    Distinguished Young Woman — Rachel Gootee

    First runner-up — Mary Beth Childers

  • Man dies in car fire in Washington County

     A man was found dead after car fire Friday morning in Washington County.

  • 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.

  • Superintendent's evaluation scheduled for Monday

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 4, at the board of education office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda includes an executive session pursuant to KRS 156.557(4) regarding preliminary discussions relating to the evaluation of a superintendent. 

    According to the agenda, after the executive session,  the board will give its summative evaluation of Superintendent Taylora Schlosser.

  • 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.