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  • St. Clair’s sentencing hearing now scheduled for April 13

    By Tom Barr
    Landmark News Service

    For the second time in as many months, a man already found guilty of four murders was seeking relief from the Kentucky Supreme Court.
    After seeking a new sentencing hearing for the Bullitt County penalty of death in the murder of a Marion County native in 1991, Michael Dale St. Clair was before the state's highest court seeking a new trial in Hardin County.
    The request is seeking a new trial for the kidnapping conviction in Hardin County which also included the death penalty.

  • Commission renews Bourbon Trail membership

    Carla Wagner, the executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, reported that the tourism office has received a lot of traffic since Lebanon was named a trailhead for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail.
    The commission approved paying $10,000 to remain part of the Bourbon Trail this year during its March 10 meeting. Commissioners Nancy Shockency and Joe Hickey were not present for last week's meeting.

  • St Mary’s Road house ‘ruined’ by fire

    Firefighters from Lebanon, Loretto and Raywick spent two hours Monday evening combating a house fire at 3756 St. Mary’s Road in Lebanon.
    Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said the fire appeared to have started in the kitchen near the stove.
    “We saved a lot of stuff in it, but it was ruined, at least half of it was,” Mattingly said.
    No injuries were reported because of the fire.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 8:46 p.m. Monday. Firefighters were on the scene until 12:50 a.m. Tuesday.

  • Winter weather advisory in effect until Monday morning

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory for Central Kentucky from 2 p.m. Sunday, March 16, until 8 a.m. Monday, March 17.

    The weather service is predicting one to two inches of sleet and snow this afternoon and evening, with higher amounts in isolated areas. Slicks spots are likely are some roads and bridges, according to the weather service.

    Winds will blow from the northeast at 10 to 15 miles per hour with gusts between 25 and 35 miles per hour. Temperatures will drop into the 20s and low 30s, according to the weather service.

  • St. Baldrick's sweeps up nearly $39,000 (so far)

    The excess hair has been swept off the floor of the St. Augustine School gymnasium after the eighth annual Marion County St. Baldrick's event.

    Jim Reed of Citizens National Bank (which sponsors the local event) announced that this year nearly $39,000 has been raised, but more money remains to be counted.

    Enterprise Publisher Stevie Lowery raised more than $14,000 for this year's event, and her son, Owen, raised more than $1,500. 

  • Emergency management director warns against burning today

    It will be dangerous to attempt controlled burns this afternoon and evening, March 14, according to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson.

    He advised that wind gusts between 35 and 40 miles per hour are expected from the southwest this afternoon and evening.

    He also reminded county residents that burning is banned from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any wooded area, and high winds will be burning “ill-advised” after 6 tonight.

  • Junior Mister is March 22

    The 11th annual Marion County High School Beta Junior Mister competition will be at 7 p.m., Saturday, March 22, in the MCHS gymnasium.
    This year's theme is "A Starry Night.” There are 18 young men in the show this year.
    All proceeds for the event will go to the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant the wish of a child.
    Advance tickets may be purchased at MCHS or at the Kroger customer service desk for $5. Tickets at the door will be $7. Kroger is partnering with MCHS this year to raise money for the Make-a-Wish Foundation.

  • Kynect enrollment deadline is March 31

    The deadline to enroll for coverage through Kynect, Kentucky’s online health insurance exchange, is March 31. The website is kynect.ky.gov.
    When Gov. Steve Beshear announced the deadline the exchange, he said Kentucky had 640,000 uninsured citizens (about 15 percent of the state population). Of that group, an estimated 308,000 would qualify for expanded Medicaid coverage.

  • Send us your PROMposals

    As April draws closer, more Marion County High School students are popping the question... “Prom?”
    And, what used to be a simple question has grown to an elaborate and creative undertaking.
    We want to hear about this year’s best “Promposals.”
    For example, Cody Thomas wanted to ask a special young woman to the prom and wrote the following:

  • Conservation district seeking taxing authority

    The Marion County Soil Conservation District received $50,000 from the Marion County Fiscal Court during the current fiscal year.
    During the 2014-15 fiscal year, however, the district’s board of supervisors hope to increase its local revenue to $100,000. To do so, they are seeking permission to become a taxing district. The supervisors presented their proposal during the March 6 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.