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  • City tax rate will increase by 3.7 percent

    Lebanon residents will see a 3.7 increase in their tax rate for 2013.
    The Lebanon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the second reading of the ordinance setting the tax rate during a special-called meeting Sept. 11. Councilman Jay Grundy and John R. Mattingly were not present for that meeting.
    The new tax rate for real and personal property will be 19.8 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the 2012 rate of 19.1 cents per $100 valuation.

    Lebanon Aquatic Center

  • Federal charges dismissed against ex-deputy jailer

    Federal charges agains a former Marion County Detention Center employee were dismissed last month, even after the defendant objected to how the case was dismissed.
    The federal prosecutor noted in his motion for dismissal that he anticipates that the former deputy jailer will be indicated by the state.
    Shawn Perkins, 37, was one of two deputy jailers who were arrested Sept. 21, 2011. Both were indicted Nov. 22, 2011, in U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky, in Louisville.

  • Driving under the influence… The law

    This is the third and final story in a series about drinking and driving. This story focuses on the law enforcement and court system’s perspective of drinking and driving offenses.

  • Kentucky hemp panel asks Ag Department to draft licensing rules

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted Thursday to ask the state Department of Agriculture to begin drafting regulations to license farmers, with an eye to planting hemp in April.
    "Things are moving forward at a rapid pace," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said afterward. "I think this is an exciting first step. History will decide whether this was a defining moment in Kentucky agriculture or not."

  • Richie Farmer now awaits sentencing on Jan. 14

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    The fate of disgraced former Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer is now in the hands of a judge, after the one-time University of Kentucky basketball star pleaded guilty to two felonies Friday in federal court.
    U.S. District Judge Gregory Van Tatenhove will decide at a Jan. 14 sentencing whether to accept a plea deal brokered between Farmer, 44, and federal prosecutors.

  • Learning, together

    Jacob Marcum, 4, finished a puzzle that required him to put numbered pieces in order. He then turned to his mother, Lisa Smothers.
    “I like staying here,” he told her.
    “Here” is the Marion County Public Library, and Jacob is part of a group of 3-5-year-olds who are participating in a free kindergarten readiness program for children who have not yet started school.
    Children’s Librarian Patty May Brown started the program.

  • Raywick man gets probation for assault

    Michael Gibson, 50, of 209 Broadway in Raywick received 24 months of probation after pleading guilty to fourth-degree assault in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    A charge of third-degree terroristic threatening was dismissed.
    Gibson is a co-defendant with Christopher Gribbins stemming from an incident outside of the Raywick Bar and Grill Nov. 9, 2012.
    Gibson and Gribbins were both indicted for second-degree assault against Phillip J. Franklin of Springfield.

  • Tibetan Buddhist monks to visit Marion County

    Tibetan Buddhist monks will be visiting Marion County next month.
    Mary Batt and Angela Selter spoke with members of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission about plans for a week (Oct. 7-13) of activities involving monks from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery.
    Batt was representing the Friends of the Tibetan Mongolian Buddhist Cultural Center, and Selter was there on behalf of the Marion County Public Library.

  • Family Fitness and Safety Day

    On Saturday, The Marion County Fitness and Nutrition Coalition hosted its eighth annual Family Fitness and Safety Day. The event was held at Graham Memorial Park and featured demonstrations and activities about fitness and safety. The event was free and open to the public.
     

  • Epps hired as Lady Knights’ head coach

    Anthony Epps was hired today, Sept. 13, to become the Lady Knights basketball team's head coach.
    Epps served as an assistant coach last season, and also served as the boys basketball coach during the 2010-11 season, until he resigned following an arrest for DUI and reckless driving.
    See more in next week’s edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.