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  • Upcoming holiday closings

    The Marion Circuit Clerk’s office and the Marion County Judicial Center will be closed Jan. 1-2 for New Year’s.
    The Marion County Clerk’s office will close at noon on Dec. 31 and remain closed Jan. 1-3. The county clerk’s office will also be closed Jan. 5 for an audit.
    The Lebanon Enterprise will be closed Jan. 1.
    County residents should be aware that the sheriff’s office will be open until 3 p.m. on Dec. 31 for end of the year tax payments. Penalties may start after the first of the year.

  • 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.

  • 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.