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Today's News

  • Broadway star

    Before the 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman was announced, Bethany Spalding turned to Rachel Gootee.
    "She said, 'You better give me a big hug when you win,'" Gootee recalled.
    Even with that bit of foreshadowing, Gootee said she was surprised when her name was called Saturday night at Marion County High School.
    In addition to winning the overall title, Gootee also won Be Your Best Self, preliminary scholarship, self-expression and talent awards.

  • Lebanon man arrested after fleeing sheriff’s deputy

    Ricky L. Garrett of Lebanon was arrested following a car and foot chase Monday evening.
    Garrett was supposed to start serving a three-year sentence in June, but did not turn himself in as ordered by the court, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
    At 7:56 p.m. Aug. 4, Marion County Deputy Sheriff Nick Gray tried to make a traffic stop on Garrett, 28, in Bradfordsville because Garrett had outstanding warrants

  • 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.