The first-degree murder trial of suspected serial killer Bruce D. Mendenhall for the 2007 slaying of a Wilson County, Tenn. woman has been delayed again. Mendenhall’s attorney is demanding a hearing on the admissibility of physical evidence gathered by police who initially arrested Mendenhall at a Nashville, Tenn. truck stop in July of 2007. The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals has already upheld the evidence as admissible, however the trial judge in the Wilson County case has granted Mendenhall leave to appeal the ruling. No new trial date has been set.
Jasper Township Property Tax bills are lower this year because of an error in the Jasper School’s tax levy. What’s missing is a $40,733 bond payment for the recent capital campaign used to build the new gymnasium, cafeteria and classroom additions. According to Jasper School officials, the line item was omitted by the County Clerk’s office. County Clerk Glenda Young says the Jasper School Supt. reviewed the tax levy documents and signed a form stating they were accurate. The Jasper School District will recover the loss of funding in future tax levies, with the tax extension returning to its normal rate in 2015.
The Fairfield Retail Merchants are hosting a Witches Night Out event this Thursday evening from 5 – 8 p.m. Folks are encouraged to dress up to win gift certificates at participating retail merchants. As an example – the Best Witch will receive a $100 gift certificate from Serendipity. Judging will take place at 7 p.m. at the Chamber Office.
The public is invited to the Cisne FFA National Convention reception this Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. The event will be in the Cisne High School cafeteria. Nine members will be honored for their upcoming participation in the National FFA Convention in Louisville, KY.
William West of Albion has been awarded the Earl R. Pottorff Memorial Scholarship. West is enrolled in the Frontier Community College Electrical Distribution Systems program. West is a 1998 graduate of Edwards County High School. The scholarship is for $1,000.
35-year-old Michael A. Lovell of Shawneetown has been sentenced to 12 years in prison after pleading guilty to charges related to two methamphetamine-related arrests over the past two years. Lovell was sentenced Monday in U.S. District Court at Benton.