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  • Universal preschool still a dream

    By Keith Lawrence
    The Messenger-Inquirer

    In the 1970s, universal kindergarten was the dream in education. In Kentucky, it became reality by the decade’s end. Today, the dream is universal preschool.

  • Board chairman says superintendent is making progress

    The Marion County Board of Education completed the superintendent’s formative mid-year evaluation earlier this year. The school board isn’t legally required to hold the evaluation in open session. However, The Lebanon Enterprise requested a written summary from Board Chairman Michael Mullins, which was emailed last week.
    The actual evaluation with the board and Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, which took place in closed session on Jan. 28, lasted an hour and 28 minutes.
    The board chairman’s written summary is as follows:

  • Doing what she loves, loving what she does

    Marion County Attorney Joe Mattingly has known Lisa Nally-Martin since they were children, and he’s worked alongside her for close to 20 years.
    He can’t think of anyone more deserving of receiving this year’s Marion County Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Citizen Award.
    “It’s unique for someone to be able to take in stride what some people would consider obstacles and turn them into opportunities,” Mattingly said.

  • ‘Precious Parker’

    Sunday afternoon, Parker Thompson sat in the floor playing with toy cars, watched television and asked for a snack just like any normal 4-year-old would do.
    Only, there’s one noticeable difference. He’s bald.
    “If it wasn’t for the hair, you wouldn’t know there was anything wrong with him right now,” said his mother, Wendy Thompson of New Hope.

  • Board of education approves changes to school calendar

    The Marion County Board of Education has approved using two days of Spring Break (March 31 and April 1) and Memorial Day (May 26) as make-up days.

    Depending on what the state legislature approves, additional amendments could be made that could make the last day for students Friday, May 30.

  • Tourist commission, city council have meetings on Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes:

    - Minutes of the Feb. 17 meeting

    - Treasurer's report

    - Executive director's report

    - New business

    • Budget review

    • Board retreat review

    - Old business

    • Quilt show report

    City council meets at 7 p.m.

  • Fire reported at Lebanon Auto Repair

     Lebanon firefighters responded to Lebanon Auto Repair on Woodlawn Avenue Friday evening after a fire was observed at the business.

    The fire was reported to the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 7:15 p.m. Friday.

    Firefighters suppressed the flames at the auto repair shop before 8 p.m., but smoke was still visible. 

    Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said four cars were inside the garage at the time of the fire, two of which belonged to the owner, Ricky Wheatley, and two of which belonged to other people.

  • Fiscal court meets today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, March 6.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Audit of sheriffs tax settlement for year ending April 2013

    - Review Sheriff Compliance Audit  letter for use of KLEFPE Funds

    - Marion County Conservation District's  “Special District” status request

    - Request from KSP for West Marion Elementary School DARE program costs

  • 137-year-old home destroyed in fire

    Firefighters from Loretto, Raywick and Lebanon responded to a house fire Feb. 25 at 1020 Clell Mattingly Road.
    J.C. “Tooders” Mattingly, 83, was at home during the fire, but got out with the help of David Ray Hardesty.
    “I had no idea it was happening,” Mattingly said.
    Mattingly’s daughter also lives with him, but she was at work in Louisville at the time of the fire.
    While he got out unharmed, Mattingly’s house was pretty well destroyed. He said he’d lived there his entire life.

  • Maker’s Mark expanded, adding 30 jobs

    Maker’s Mark Distillery has announced a $70 million expansion project that is expected to add 30 jobs. The project will involve creating replicas of its existing stills, adding warehouses and making infrastructure improvements.
    Gov. Steve Beshear said in a press release that people all over the world enjoy Maker’s Mark.