LUNA HEADS BACK TO KENTUCKY TO FACE CHARGES
A former Highland man is now back in Kentucky to face charges of alleged arson and murder. 37 year-old George Luna, of Benton, Kentucky, arrived at the Marshall County Detention Center late Monday morning. He was indicted by the Marshall County Grand Jury on the First Degree charges in September. This came after authorities responded to a report of a house fire and discovered the body of 46 year-old Debra S. Hendrickson inside her home. The cause of death was ruled a homicide due to blunt force trauma to the head. The Grand Jury returned the indictment on Luna the following day.
Around two weeks ago, Luna was arrested on I-57, south of Marion, allegedly traveling at high rates of speed and driving a truck owned by Hendrickson. He was being held in the Williamson County Jail on traffic and other unrelated charges until Monday.
The Marshall County investigation, into the murder and arson, continues.
LOCAL FAMILY HAS CHANCE TO WIN BIG WITH HOME VIDEO
It all started with a special Christmas present from Dad last year, and could end up with a local family winning $100,000. Tracy and Jessica Smith, of Vandalia, along with their son Joshua, are heading to California Tuesday for a taping of "America's Funniest Home Videos". Their tape of Joshua losing his two front teeth, while opening a Christmas present, is one of the three videos the audience will vote for, on the show scheduled to air next month. WGEL spoke with the Smith's and talked about how the decision was made to submit the tape, after all of their family and friends had seen it. They said that once everyone saw the video, they were encouraged to send in the tape.
The video was submitted in February and just a couple of weeks ago, the family received a call from the show inviting them to the taping. 7 year-old Joshua explains how the video shows him losing his two front teeth on Christmas morning last year. Joshua said he was biting on a plastic bag to open up his present, when his two front teeth came flying out. One hit the TV, the other remained in Joshua's hand. He then said he listened to "All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth".
Tracy, Jessica and Joshua Smith and the bag he was trying to open with his teeth
The Smith's are guaranteed to walk away with $2,000 and third place. But if they win the first place prize of $10,000, they will head back to California at the end of the month for the $100,000 show taping and their chance to take home the big prize. The Smith's video will air on America's Funniest Home Videos on November 25th.
2ND ANNUAL FALL FESTIVAL AND OUTHOUSE AUCTION SATURDAY
Take a step back in time and come out to the American Farm Heritage Museum this weekend, for the 2nd Annual Outhouse Festival & Auction. Ollie Schaefer talked to WGEL and said that something new this year will be the Outhouse Races. The teams will consist of one person inside the outhouse with four people pushing it. And like last year, they will have the toilet paper toss, basketball and other fun activities like the Family Fall Festival and Craft Show. The event takes place this Saturday from 9am-3PM, with the Craft Show starting at 9am and the Family Fall Festival starting at 10:30am.
The Okaw Valley Amateur Radio Club will also be demonstrating their Ham Radio Skills with a station set up inside an outhouse. And representatives from the Hills Fort Society will be doing some work on the Fort and holding a few period demonstrations. Admission for adults is $1. Admission for kids is $5, that allows them a free train ride, lunch, goody bags, scavenger hunt and much more. For additional details about the event or how to get a vendor space, contact the American Farm Heritage Museum at 664-3050.