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  • Inmate commits suicide at MCDC

    For the first time in more than 10 years, an inmate has committed suicide at the Marion County Detention Center.
    The incident occurred at approximately 8 a.m., Monday, May 27.
    A fellow inmate found Victor Aaron Mattingly, 36, of Springfield unresponsive in a bathroom. The staff attempted CPR, and called Marion County EMS, according to Jailer Barry Brady, who was out of town when the incident occurred.
    Brady said the jail’s staff, the inmates and Marion County EMS personnel handled the situation very professionally.

  • Gravel Switch woman recovering from accident

    Kristin Courey, 18, of Gravel Switch is recovering after a single-vehicle accident Tuesday.

    According to Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements, Courey was driving west on US 68 in a 2001 Buick when she lost control of the vehicle in a curve seven miles east of Lebanon. According to the accident report, Courey overcorrected and her vehicle left the roadway, collided with an embankment, overturned, and came to rest in a ditch.

    Courey was flown from the scene to University Hospital in Louisville, but she was no longer listed as a patient on Thursday.

  • Highway dedicated to fallen deputy

    At 1 p.m. Friday, a section of US 68 from the eastern city limit of Lebanon to the end of Marion County was dedicated as the Deputy Sheriff Carl Anthony Rakes Memorial Highway.

    Rakes was killed Nov. 14, 2012, during a traffic stop on US 68.

    Patty Dunaway, chief district engineer for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet, gave a brief introduction. State Rep. Terry Mills, who sponsored the resolution to rename the highway in Rakes' honor also spoke.

  • Lebanon mayor to give budget address Thursday

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw will present his annual budget address during a special-called meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, at city hall.

    During his address, the mayor presents a proposed budget for the upcoming fiscal year. This is often revised by the city council before the budget is finalized.

  • Lebanon Aquatic Center closed for repairs

    The Lebanon Aquatic Center reopened Monday, but it has closed again.
    LAC Director Charlsie Garrett said the staff believe there is a small leak, and they have ordered parts to repair it.

    "We hope to reopen as quickly as possible," she said.

    The center closed May 6, and the pool was drained. The pool, restrooms and pool deck were repainted. New curtains have been added to the changing area, and the facility has been cleaned thoroughly.

  • Memorial Day early deadlines

    The Lebanon Enterprise office will be closed Monday, May 27, for the Memorial Day holiday.
    All news items must be submitted by 5 p.m. Thursday. Any display advertising must be submitted by 10 a.m. Friday, and classified ads must be called into the Kentucky Classified Network (1-866-692-4237) by noon, Friday.

  • Industrial Foundation hears update on unemployment, hiring conditions

    Marion County’s unemployment rate is 8 percent, according to the most recent figures, Karen King of the Marion County Economic Development Office reported at the May 16 Marion County Industrial Foundation Board meeting.
    Board member John Turner added that the job market is good in our area. Several industries are hiring, but everyone is waiting to see the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act.
    - The Marion County Industrial Foundation Board approved leasing land behind Joy Mining for $200 per acre to Phillip Kirkland for farming.

  • Memorial Day service is Sunday

    The annual Memorial Day program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Lebanon National Cemetery. VFW Post 5910 is hosting this year’s event.
    State Senator Jimmy Higdon will be the guest speaker. Higdon is a graduate of Marion County High School and Morehead State University. After college, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

  • What the cluck? Council upholds ban on chickens in city limits

    Annette Copenhaver visited the Lebanon City Council last week in hopes that her chickens would be allowed to stay at her home to roost.
    After a lengthy discussion, the council agreed to give her two months to find a new place to keep them.
    When Copenhaver visited the council May 13, she asked if they would consider amending the city’s animal ordinance to allow chickens on three or more acres if they are contained. She noted that the current ordinance allows someone with three or more continuous acres to have a horse or cow.

  • Auxiliary is fiscal court’s liaison with Gravel Switch Fire Department

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has a new partner in the Gravel Switch Fire Department Auxiliary/Advisory Council.
    During its May 16 meeting, the court voted unanimously to designate the advisory council as its official liaison “on all matters dealing with the operation and recommendations concerning the needs of the Gravel Switch Fire Department from this point forward.”
    Wayne Hollon is the head of the advisory committee. The other members are Larry Brussell, Jerry Burger, Gene Lanham, Joe Kent Shewmaker, Todd Simpson and Alton Tatum.