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Today's News

  • E911 could be in place before the end of the year

    Marion County could have Enhanced 911 before the end of the year.
    Marion County is looking to tie into the Central Kentucky 911 Network, which is based in Lexington, as a way to save costs on the implementation and upkeep of E911 service. David Lucas, the Lexington 911 director, said he hopes to have Marion County online in the third quarter of this year.
    Lucas made his comments Feb. 19 during the first meeting of the Lebanon/Marion County E911 Advisory Committee. The committee includes local officials, the heads of various county emergency services, and citizens.

  • Lebanon man facing rape, sodomy charges

    Christopher Reardon, 21, of 25 Parish Avenue in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court recently for first-degree rape (four counts), first-degree attempted sodomy (two counts), and first-degree sexual abuse.

  • Search for Kara Tingle continues

    Thursday morning, at 6:09 to be exact, Sheila and Dale Tingle released balloons into the sky to honor their daughter’s birthday. It’s the exact time their daughter was born 30 years ago, and it's something they’ve done every year since she went missing on July 17, 2010.
    “We do it for hope,” Sheila said.
    Kara was last seen on Beechfork Loop Road in Gravel Switch. She was driving a family member's car that was found two days later on the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Pension deal could include lottery tax

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    House Democratic leaders will likely propose adding a 6 percent sales tax on Kentucky Lottery ticket sales and expanding available lottery games to fund future pension contributions.
    Rep. Brent Yonts, D-Greenville, said the lottery sales tax would generate $49 million annually, and new lottery games could bring in between $60 million and $90 million over time.

  • White House outlines Kentucky's financial losses if sequester takes effect

    From the Lexington Herald-Leader

    The White House said Sunday that Kentucky could lose millions of dollars this year alone if Congress doesn't act by Friday.
    That's when a series of automatic cuts — called sequestration — will take effect.
    For example, Kentucky would lose $11.8 million for primary and secondary education, "putting around 160 teacher and aide jobs at risk," the White House said in a release.

  • West Mulberry resident gets one year on multiple counts

    George L. Rakes Jr., 41, of 334 W. Mulberry in Lebanon pled guilty in Marion Circuit Court recently to failure to comply with sex offender registration, first offense, first-degree unlawful imprisonment, fourth-degree assault, third or subsequent offense within five years, resisting arrest and third-degree terroristic threatening (two counts). He was sentenced to one year in prison to run consecutively with a Taylor County charge. Two counts of first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.

    In other circuit court matters:

  • All he’s ever known

    Farming is all that Bill Mattingly has ever wanted to do.
    “I guess it’s all I knew,” he said. “I like it.”
    And he’s good at what he does, so good that he was named the 2013 Outstanding Farmer by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.
    Unlike some other Outstanding award winners, Mattingly learned about his award prior to the chamber dinner.
    “I was told the week before,“ his wife, Susan, said, “and I told him the same day because I wouldn’t have got him there otherwise.”

  • Special prosecutor named in Casey murder case

    Less than six weeks into his first term as Commonwealth’s Attorney for Casey and Adair County, Gail L. Williams has asked for a special prosecutor in the upcoming trial of two men charged in the shooting death of Gleason Pyles in Dunnville last September.
    Williams’ letter, dated Feb. 6, and addressed to Shawna Virgin Kincer, executive director in the Office of Special Prosecutions in Attorney General Jack Conway’s Office, cites his unwillingness to prosecute the case.

  • Are we meeting the benchmarks?

    By Dr. Chuck Hamilton, Marion County Superintendent

  • New law will benefit university projects

    Last week was significant as the first piece of legislation for the 2013 General Assembly was signed into law.