• Marion County teachers protest Senate Bill 1

    The Kentucky Senate is currently considering a proposed pension reform bill, Senate Bill 1, which could cut educators pension and cost of living expenses drastically. 

    According to Ellen McFall, president of the Marion County Education Association (MCEA) and library media specialist at Lebanon Elementary School, these proposed budget cuts would affect Marion County teachers directly, ensuring fewer teachers in schools for the next year.

  • Sisters rally for Dreamers

    The clock is ticking for the Dreamers, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace are pleading for a way to allow the young immigrants to stay here.

  • Beshear warns of text message scam

    In a new scam alert issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear, Kentuckians are being warned of scammers posing as law enforcement officials demanding payment and threatening arrest via text messages.

    Kentuckians in Greenup, Jefferson and Montgomery counties have recently reported losing more than $110,000 after they thought they were sending payment to an official law enforcement agency.

  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    The following are some highlights from the recent Lebanon City Council meeting held on Feb.  12.

    Local economy
    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund presented the Marion County Industrial Foundation’s annual report:
    • Marion County was the leading producer in net job growth and had the highest percentage of net job growth in the state.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 15. The following are news briefs from that meeting:
    • Tom Lund, executive director of Marion County Economic Development, gave the 2017 annual report. Lund commended the county and city for their efforts that continues the state leading job growth Marion County has experienced. Lund cited the efforts to continue funding the Career Center, which is the only Career Center defunded by the state to continue functioning.

  • More free E911 signs available

    Additional E-911 signs are now available for new homeowners in the area and homeowners that didn’t get a sign the first time they were made available to the public. The signs are free.
    People must post their address number on their property per county law. Posting your address will ensure that emergency responders will be able to locate your driveway or entrance to your property.

  • New city hall is almost complete

    Next month’s Lebanon City Council meeting should (knock on wood) be held in the new Lebanon City Hall.
    The project, which began in September of 2016, was expected to be complete in late November or December of last year. While that time has come and gone, the project is still expected to be complete by the contract deadline, which is Feb. 4, according to Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas.

  • 2018 Primary Election update: Sheriff to have opposition in primary election

    The local election is getting more interesting as more candidates have filed to run for office.
    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements will have opposition in the spring as one of his deputies has filed to run. Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Belcher announced on Facebook last week that he filed to run for sheriff.

  • Council reappoints entire Planning and Zoning Commission

    Lebanon’s Planning and Zoning Commission board was reappointed by Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and approved by the Lebanon City Council during the council’s regular monthly meeting on Jan. 8.
    On Dec. 1, 2017 the entire Planning and Zoning Commission resigned in the wake of the arrest of chairman of the board, Paul Hilpp, who was arrested during a sex sting operation in Boyle County. (Hilpp resigned from the commission on Dec. 8. See the Dec. 13, 2017 edition of the Enterprise for that story.)

  • State Rep. Reed appointed to tourism committee

    State Representative Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, has been appointed to the House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. The committee is chaired by State Rep. Tommy Turner, a Republican from Somerset, and has jurisdiction over matters relating to tourism and travel promotion, state and national parks, and fish and wildlife, among other areas.