Local News

  • Lebanon June Jam

    Crowds gathered to enjoy the Lebanon June Jam Friday. There were musicians, rappers and a speaker for the event. The show started with Josh Poynter who played two songs before introducing the rapper Chrys Jones. Jones rapped with intensity and spoke about his life in between songs. The band, 3:30, headlined the evening, offering praise and worship songs. During an intermission, Janice Baker spoke for a few minutes about her life and challenged the crowd to better themselves before 3:30 came out to finish the show.

  • Maker’s Mark makeover

    Eric Henn, an internationally-known muralist, painted a Maker’s Mark whiskey bottle on the City of Lebanon’s water tower, signifying Marion County as the home of Maker’s Mark Distillery, the county’s No. 1 tourist attraction. After delays due to poor weather conditions, the project is now complete.

  • Interim principal hired for MCHS

    Marion County High School will be led by Interim Principal Tom Brown during the 2016-17 school year.
    The MCHS Principal Selection Committee selected Brown to serve as the interim principal and Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser made the announcement Thursday evening.
    “Mr. Brown is a 27-year retired teacher and administrator with various experiences as a teacher, coach and principal,” Schlosser wrote in an email to the Enterprise.

  • Kentucky ponders use of private prisons

    By Morgan Watkins
    The Courier-Journal

    As Kentucky’s prison population rises and county jails become overcrowded, the state may reopen a pair of private prisons to temporarily take in more than 1,600 inmates.
    The state stopped housing inmates in private prisons in 2013, but there has been unexpected growth in the number of state prisoners over the last seven months, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said. State prisons are at capacity, and county jails are housing a record number of state inmates.

  • Marion County has its own probation and parole office now

    Several years ago, Junior Adams of Lebanon was giving a friend a ride to the probation and parole office in Campbellsville when he noticed several people walking alongside the highway. He wondered why they were walking and soon found out it was because they, too, needed to meet with their probation officer but didn’t have transportation.
    “I thought this is a doggone shame that people have to come over here,” Adams said.

  • Rigdon appeal before Supreme Court

    Lawyers for a Marion County man convicted in the September 2012 slaying of Gleason Pyles in Dunnville are asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to reverse the murder conviction and order a new trial.
    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon was sentenced in September 2015 to 38 years in prison for shooting Pyles three times at the Tarter pallet mill in Dunnville, where Pyles was employed.
    The prosecution contends Pyles’ murder was over a debt on a motorcycle and the way Pyles left the Iron Horsemen motorcycle club.

  • Locals raise stink over smell in Lebanon

    On the first night of summer, Jeremy Bowman of Lebanon wanted to go outside with his daughter and tend to their garden, but he said he couldn’t because the smell was so bad. He described it as sulfuric and that it was so potent it burned his eyes.
    “It smells like sewage or gas,” he said. “It’s just disgusting.”

  • A true patriot

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    William "Buster" Mattingly passed away at 90 years old on June 14, after a life of service to his country and his family.
    In 1944, just a few years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring the armed forces to allow anyone to serve, regardless of race, Mattingly joined the Marine Corps and was sent to North Carolina,.

  • Former principal named MCPS director of exceptional child education

    Education has always been a passion for Shelley Badgett, and as the new director of exceptional child education for Marion County Public Schools, she has found her dream job.
    Originally from Canada, Badgett got her degree in elementary education and then moved to the United States in 2000. She then got her masters degree in special education from Campbellsville University. But she knew administration was in her future.

  • Flexibility is key for new city hall

    When the design team created the plans for the new city hall in Lebanon, they wanted the building to represent transparency, strength and stability. Beyond what the building represents, however, they wanted a place the community would be proud to call theirs.
    According to Lindsey Tudor, the director of marketing for Murphy+Graves+Trimble, PLLC (MGT), flexibility was the key cornerstone when creating the designs for the new city hall. She stressed that the new facility will have a long future ahead of it.