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Today's News

  • Lebanon man accused of 10 counts of rape

    Michael Johnson Jr., 25, of 337 Martin Luther King Boulevard #2 in Lebanon was indicted for 10 counts of first-degree rape in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    According to the indictment, between Oct. 9, 2010, and Oct. 9, 2011, Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was incapable of consent because she was less than 12 years old.

    His bond was set at $50,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the complaining witness.

    In other indictments:

  • Larry's Law

    Wednesday, April 18, was a bittersweet day for Melissa Lee Knight and her family.

    It was the day Gov. Steve Beshear signed Senate Bill 115 "Larry's Law" in honor of Knight's brother, Larry, 32, who walked away from a personal care home in August of 2011. He was found dead four weeks later on the banks of the Licking River not far from Falmouth Nursing Home in Pendleton County.

  • Call to Jubilee

    Sr. Agnes Ann Schum took a break on a bench as she was walking up the hill back to the Loretto Motherhouse. She and hundreds of other members of the Loretto Community had just gathered for a group photo to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the community.

    "It takes my breath away," said Schum, 77, her eyes watering a bit. "It's just an awesome, exciting spirit open to what the faith is going to bring, with the spirit of history standing here at this point."

  • Marching on

    The Pigasus Parade is one of the highlights of the Marion County Country Ham Days festival each year.

    But, to Missy Farmer-Spalding, the parade means so much more.

    "I call it my parade," she said, sitting comfortably on her couch at her home on Brown Forman Road near Raywick. "I am so attached to that parade."

  • National Academy Foundation coming to MCHS

    Marion County High School students will have the opportunity to participate in the National Academy Foundation starting in the fall. On April 20, representatives from the NAF and the Kentucky Department of Education met with the local NAF advisory board members. That afternoon, MCHS learned that it had received a score of 24 out of 30. The minimum score for approval is 15.

  • Good 'Day' for local Boy Scouts

    The Marion and Washington county chapters of the Boy Scouts of America got a boost last week from a Hall of Fame jockey. Pat Day was the guest speaker at the Friends of Scouting benefit dinner April 24 at Centre Square.

    Day won more than 8,800 races in his career. He is the all-time leading rider at Churchill Downs and Keeneland. He's won all three races of the Triple Crown races and 12 Breeder's Cup races. He's also a four-time winner of the Eclipse Award for Outstanding Jockey.

  • Dedicated

    It's been 56 years since Sr. Emma Cecelia Busam taught in Marion County, but the 90-year old still has vivid memories of her time at Holy Cross School.

    "I taught the sixth and seventh grade," she said. "I was here when the school burned."

    Busam remembered she was talking with an older student at the time.

    "A little first grader came up and pulled my habit and said, 'seeester,'" she said.

  • For the health of it

    Kentucky is proud to be ranked highly when it comes to basketball, but when it comes to obesity, it's not something we like to brag about.

    But, it's a reality, nonetheless.

    Last year, Kentucky was ranked the sixth fattest state in the country, according to a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH). The report states that 31.5 percent of our state's population is obese.

    But, it hasn't always been this way.

  • Final look back at 2012 General Assembly

    Each legislative session is inevitably remembered for a key issue or two, and this year's will undoubtedly be recalled for the toughest budget most of us have seen in our lifetime and for taking a comprehensive approach on drug abuse.

    There were several other high-profile issues as well, including the legislature's latest effort to crack down on copper thefts and making sure that the interest on the sizeable federal loan for the state's unemployment insurance fund is covered so businesses wouldn't lose a much-needed tax credit.

  • Inter-County supports program to help people save money, energy

    Members of Inter-County Energy are being encouraged this spring to take advantage of free programs that conserve energy and can also save a significant amount of money on monthly electric bills.
    “Our members can call and ask for a free energy evaluation of their home or business,” said Sheree Gilliam, VP Customer Services. “One of our professional energy advisors will go to customers’ residences or businesses to find ways they can save.”