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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.

  • Special-called school board meeting Thursday morning

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 28, at the board of education office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Communications

    - Strategic planning summit follow-up

    • Student support

    - Approval of FY2016 tentative budget

  • Centre Square Orchestra is in the works
  • Marion County Music Fest

    The Marion County Music Fest will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday, June 13, on Johnson Field behind Centre Square in Lebanon. The night of music will include Marion County musicians from past and present. Bring a blanket or chair for live music under the stars. For more information, go to www.mykct.com or call 270-402-2196. All proceeds will be used to promote future live music events in Marion County.

     

  • City celebrating 200 years on May 30

    The City of Lebanon is 200 years old this year, and it’s hosting a party Saturday to celebrate.
    From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 30, the city will be hosting a Party in the Park at Graham Memorial Park. Inflatables, face-painting, balloon and caricature artists, train rides in the park, and other children’s activities will be part of this event, and of course, food and birthday cake will be part of the celebration. The official “cake cutter” will be Jeremy Bagwell, 5, son of Stephen and Jessica Bagwell of Lebanon.

  • Mayor requests new city hall, 3 percent raise for employees in budget address

    It took fewer than 15 minutes for Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw to give his annual budget address Thursday evening, May 21. However, it’s just the first step in getting his proposed $9.6 million budget approved, which includes several major requests and a three percent raise for all city employees.
    “Employee compensation is an important issue that always gets much debate in our budget review sessions,” Crenshaw said. “The figures you have before you incorporate a three percent raise.”

  • City attorney: Accounting inadequate, not criminal

    The City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department, which was named “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet last year, has been under scrutiny recently after an allegation that members of the department were stealing money from the city.
    According to Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray, that allegation has proven to be false, but it has revealed a poorly executed policy and inadequate record keeping.

  • 'Superstar'

    Ava Bright couldn’t wait to play with her younger brother, Eli, when her mother, Natalie Wheatley, was pregnant last year.
    “She said, ‘I just want to take him to my sandbox. I just want to take him to my sandbox,’” Wheatley said. “That’s all she talked about. I think she thought when he got here and was a newborn, he was gonna go straight to the sandbox.”