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Local News

  • Senator Higdon invites all to prayer breakfast

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Brother Lee Watts invite the public to join them in the 13th Annual Prayer Breakfast, which will begin at 8 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at the Lebanon United Methodist Church located at 236 North Spalding Avenue.
    Other legislators joining Senator Higdon and Brother Watts are include State Rep. Bam Carney, State Rep. David Floyd, State Rep. Mike Harmon, State Rep. Kim King, State Rep.-elect James Allen Tipton and State Sen.-elect Max Wise.

  • KSP collects 116 tons of food during food drive

    Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer announced Thursday that the agency’s ‘Cram the Cruiser’ food drive netted 232,011 pounds (116 tons) of food statewide.
    Brewer initiated the program in 2010 to assist needy families in the local post and region areas. Since that time, the agency has contributed more than 500,000 pounds of food to shelters, food banks and churches across the Commonwealth.

  • Dec. 31 is the final day to change voter registration

    Voters who are already registered should be aware that Dec. 31 is the final day to change their party registration for the 2015 primary election.
    The state constitutional offices will be on the ballot in 2015. These offices are governor/lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor of public accounts, commissioner of agriculture, secretary of state and treasurer.
    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 27 to file to run in the primary for those offices.
    First-time voters have until April 20 to register for the primary elections.
     

  • Former classroom aides file wrongful termination lawsuit

    Two former classroom aides have filed a lawsuit against Marion County Public Schools Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the Marion County Board of Education.
    Ramona McKinney and Kimberly Medley, both of Lebanon, filed their complaint Dec. 19 in Marion Circuit Court.
    According to the lawsuit, McKinney and Medley worked in the special education classroom at Marion County High School, and they witnessed incidents in which mentally and physically disabled students were put at risk.

  • 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 a Dec. 18 sentencing hearing. 

    Bertram also ordered Helm to repay $20,000 to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • MCHS senior covering sports for Enterprise

    A new face has appeared on the Enterprise’s sports pages recently. Casey Sowers, a senior at Marion County High School, has started covering sports for the Enterprise. Former sports correspondent Nick Schrager recently accepted a reporter’s position at The Springfield Sun.

  • Two deputies receive Medal of Honor

    Two Marion County sheriff's deputies have been awarded the highest honor given by the Kentucky Sheriff's Association.
    Tony Belcher and Ray Gardner were presented with the KSA Medal of Honor on Dec. 11 at the 85th annual KSA conference and banquet. Both were recognized for their response to an incident that occurred May 21.

  • Fiscal court approves funding for local athlete, Christmas program

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved two funding requests during its Dec. 4 meeting.
    The court unanimously approved a total of $1,300 for Marion County High School volleyball player Shelby Goode. Goode is raising money to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments next summer in Australia.
    Goode told the court that she needs to raise around $6,000, and she has raised about half of that money already.

  • Upcoming holiday closings

    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office and the Marion County Judicial Center will be closed Dec. 24-26 for Christmas and Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s.

  • Local woman wins big on “Let’s Make a Deal”

    Anyone watching the “Let’s Make a Deal” television show Monday might have seen a familiar face. Melinda Wise Hayden of Lebanon was a contestant on Monday’s show (which was taped in July) and won the “big deal” - a trip to New York City, a trip to Portugal and $5,000.
    Hayden went on vacation to California in July with her mother, sister and aunt.
    They got on the “Let’s Make a Deal” show and dressed up as the s’mores family.
    “It was so much fun to be on the show,” Hayden said.