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  • Biding his time

    March 11 will mark the 15-year anniversary of when Aaron Glasscock woke up to Drug Enforcement Administration agents storming into his hotel room in Gainesville, Fla., and arresting him for conspiracy to distribute cocaine.
    At that very moment, Aaron’s life, and the life of his family, was forever changed.
    “When the D.E.A. agents came in that morning everything I thought I knew, and my life in general, was turned upside down, and then shook,” Aaron wrote in a letter.

  • Life’s breath

    Cara Cissell Brahm is waiting – and hoping – that some day soon she'll be breathing a little easier.
    Since this summer, she has been on the list to receive a double lung transplant.
    Cara, 37, was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis when she was 10 years old. Two of her sisters (both older) were also diagnosed with the condition.
    “It mostly affects the lungs, but it can also affect the digestive system and the pancreas,” she said.
    Mindy died in 1999. Another sister, Lisa, received a transplant two and a half years ago.

  • Three seeking to represent District 3

    Magistrate Roger “Cotton” Smothers would like another term on the Marion County Fiscal Court, but two challengers — Dudley Adle Jr. and Craig Bishop — are hoping District 3 voters are looking to make a change.
    Democratic voters will have their pick of those three candidates in the May 20 Primary Election.
    All three candidates sat down with the Enterprise recently to discuss their candidacies. (Transcripts of those interviews can be found online at www.lebanonenterprise.com.)

    Dudley Adle Jr.

  • Woman shot, found dead in driveway

    The Kentucky State Police are investigating a homicide after a Lebanon woman was found dead in her driveway Thursday evening.
    The KSP received a call from the Lebanon Police Department at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 25, reporting a female who was found lying in her driveway on Parkside Drive in Lebanon with an apparent gunshot wound.
    The victim, Susan D. Summers, 46, was taken to Spring View Hospital where she was pronounced dead by the Marion County Coroner.
    An autopsy will be performed today, Dec. 26, at the State Medical Examiner's office in Louisville.

  • Learning by design

    Brady Spalding had a problem going to the bathroom during the summer.
    During the five weeks he participated in the Governor's Scholars Program, he learned it can be gross relying solely on public restrooms for five weeks. That also got him thinking that there had to be a way to make public restrooms a little less disgusting.
    Spalding and another senior, Matthew Newcome, decided to tackle this problem as their capstone project in Project Lead the Way, a pre-engineering program housed in the Marion County Area Technology Center.

  • Court expresses opposition to repurposing pipeline

    The Marion County Fiscal Court last week reiterated its opposition to pipelines carrying natural gas liquids in the county.
    During the court’s Dec. 18 meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to convert a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids instead of natural gas.
    The court’s resolution was greeted by a round of applause by members of the Sisters of Loretto, co-members of the Loretto Community and local landowners who have led the local opposition to NGL pipelines.

  • Former fire chief gets five years probation for abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during his Dec. 18 sentencing hearing.
    Bertram also ordered Helm to pay $20,000 in restitution to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Kentucky tells feds flu has become widespread in the state

    By the Kentucky Press News Service

    Kentucky Department for Public Health officials have reported to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that the flu activity level in the state has increased from “regional” to “widespread.”
    Widespread activity is the highest level of flu activity, which indicates increased flu-like activity or flu outbreaks in at least half of the regions in the state. The activity levels for states are tracked weekly as part of the CDC’s national flu surveillance system.

  • Kentucky drops closer to least healthy state in the nation

    By Margarita Cambest
    Kentucky New Era

    Kentucky has slipped further in health rankings this year.
    According to a report released Tuesday by the United Health Foundation, the Bluegrass State is ranked as the 47th healthiest state in the nation.
    The commonwealth’s ranking has varied from its healthiest rank of 39th in 2008 to 47th this year. It ranked 45th in 2013.

  • 'Cake lady' steps down as mayor

    Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.
    "It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."
    Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.
    While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.