http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en School lawsuit could be heading to mediation http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/school-lawsuit-could-be-heading-mediation <p> 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.<br /> But the case might be resolved through mediation.<br /> 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.<br /> MCHS students’ ACT average is on the rise http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/mchs-students%E2%80%99-act-average-rise <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07-30-14_act_scores_chart.jpg" alt="MCHS ACT scores * These are the minimum scores students must meet to be considered college ready, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. KDE does not have a benchmark for science. ** These are the benchmarks for college readiness listed on the ACT website. According to the ACT, students who attain these minimum scores have a 50 percent chance of getting a B or a 75 percent of getting C on comparable college courses." title="MCHS ACT scores * These are the minimum scores students must meet to be considered college ready, according to the Kentucky Department of Education. KDE does not have a benchmark for science. ** These are the benchmarks for college readiness listed on the ACT website. According to the ACT, students who attain these minimum scores have a 50 percent chance of getting a B or a 75 percent of getting C on comparable college courses." align="left" hspace="6" width="247" height="85" /><p> 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.<br /> That includes an overall average of 19.5.<br /> &quot;I wish it was across the board with every area, but it&#39;s basically in three of the five areas, we&#39;ve had the highest ACT scores. And the biggest one we&#39;re looking at is that composite score,&quot; Marion County High School Principal Mike Abell said.<br /> Clearing a new path http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/clearing-new-path <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07-30-14_flooding_work_pic_1.jpg" alt="Frankie Skimmerhorn offers guidance to Lebanon Public Works Director Terry Bland as he removes debris from a collapsed section of the city’s storm sewer system. " title="Frankie Skimmerhorn offers guidance to Lebanon Public Works Director Terry Bland as he removes debris from a collapsed section of the city’s storm sewer system. " align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> City employees have started working to alleviate problems that contributed to the three flooding events that affected downtown Lebanon last year.<br /> 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&nbsp;camera inside the sewer pipes, the city recently&nbsp;discovered a collapsed section that limited water flow during heavy rains.<br /> Tomato pasted http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/tomato-pasted <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07-30-14_tomato_conflict_pic_4.jpg" alt="Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs ride on the cart carrying tomatoes between competitors. Jenna Cook is behind them on the cart. " title="Shannen Doherty and Holly Marie Combs ride on the cart carrying tomatoes between competitors. Jenna Cook is behind them on the cart. " align="left" hspace="6" width="113" height="85" /><p> A group of about 20 people participated in the inaugural Marion County Tomato Conflict, and many of them hope to do it again.<br /> &ldquo;It was the most unusual, awesome day,&rdquo; said Genesis Blair, 16, of Louisville, who spent much of the fight tossing tomatoes at her parents and brother.<br /> Her parents, James and Connie Blair, didn&rsquo;t even mind that the start of the fight was delayed (the fight was scheduled for 4 p.m., but didn&rsquo;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. Motion for new trial filed in murder case http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/motion-new-trial-filed-murder-case <p> Christopher Gribbins was convicted of wanton murder for the death of David Litsey Jr. on July 17.<br /> On July 22, Gribbins&rsquo; attorneys filed a motion for a new trial in Marion Circuit Court. Gribbins&rsquo; sentencing hearing is scheduled for Aug. 7 before Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly.<br /> The jury recommended a 20-year sentence at the end of the trial.<br /> 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Woman Program is Saturday http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/2015-marion-county-distinguished-young-woman-program-saturday <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07-30-14_distng_young_woman.jpg" alt="Pictured, front from left, are Taylor Scott, Bethany Spalding, Stephanie Farmer, Leah Mudd, Mary Childers, Laura Spalding, Kelsey Maupin and Rachel Gootee; second row from left, are Angel Anderson, Claire Lambe, Emily Ford, Abby Miles, Lauren Norris, Paige Buckman, Shelby Goode, Cresheona Burton, Savana Fogle, Kaitlyn Spalding and Lydia Fogle; third row from left, are McKenzie Reynolds, Madeline Sandusky, Sarah Abell, Paige Wilcher, Sara Thompson, Carrie Fowler, Caroline Peterson, Shaniqua Young and Elizabeth Buckman." title="Pictured, front from left, are Taylor Scott, Bethany Spalding, Stephanie Farmer, Leah Mudd, Mary Childers, Laura Spalding, Kelsey Maupin and Rachel Gootee; second row from left, are Angel Anderson, Claire Lambe, Emily Ford, Abby Miles, Lauren Norris, Paige Buckman, Shelby Goode, Cresheona Burton, Savana Fogle, Kaitlyn Spalding and Lydia Fogle; third row from left, are McKenzie Reynolds, Madeline Sandusky, Sarah Abell, Paige Wilcher, Sara Thompson, Carrie Fowler, Caroline Peterson, Shaniqua Young and Elizabeth Buckman." align="left" hspace="6" width="153" height="85" /><p> Marion County Distinguished Young Women, Inc. will present the 2015 Marion County Distinguished Young Women Program at 7 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 2, at Marion County High School. Twenty-eight young ladies will participate in the program with a theme this year of &ldquo;A Night on Broadway.&quot;<br /> The Distinguished Young Women logo is &ldquo;emphasis on education&rdquo; and its participants will be judged on scholastics, interview, talent, fitness and self-expression.<br /> Holly Hill resident pleads guilty to sex abuse http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/holly-hill-resident-pleads-guilty-sex-abuse <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/07-30-14_motions-gomez_pic.jpg" alt="Ricardo Sunun-Gomez, 34, of 118 Holly Hill Inn in Lebanon pled guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse. " title="Ricardo Sunun-Gomez, 34, of 118 Holly Hill Inn in Lebanon pled guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse. " align="left" hspace="6" width="57" height="85" /><p> Ricardo Sunun-Gomez, 34, of 118 Holly Hill Inn in Lebanon pled guilty to six counts of first-degree sex abuse in Marion Circuit Court recently. The victim was under 12 years old.<br /> Sunun-Gomez, a.k.a. Miguiael Gonzales, is scheduled for sentencing Sept. 18.<br /> The court has ordered that he must undergo an evaluation by the sexual offender treatment program operated or approved by the Department of Corrections and the Department for Mental Health and Mental Retardation Services.<br /> <br /> <strong>In other circuit court matters:</strong><br /> Hood Lane, Sterk Avenue residents indicted for assault, robbery http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/hood-lane-sterk-avenue-residents-indicted-assault-robbery <p> Samantha J. Rigdon, 25, of 289 Hood Lane in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree assault, first-degree criminal attempt to commit robbery and second-degree unlawful transaction with a minor in Marion Circuit Court recently.<br /> According to the indictment, on or about June 5, Rigdon caused serious physical injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument, or she aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act.<br />