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  • Hutchinson gets 15 years for manslaughter

    Tabitha K. Hutchinson has been sentenced to 15 years in prison as a result of an July 14, 2009, automobile collision that resulted in the death of a baby.

    Hutchinson, 28, of 218 Chestnut Street in Lebanon plead guilty to first-degree manslaughter, first-degree assault (two counts), DUI second offense, operating on a suspended/revoked license and failure to provide proof of insurance.

    According to documents in the court file, Hutchinson tested positive for butalbital, hydrocodone and tramadol in the aftermath of the accident.

  • School board to discuss appointing acting superintendent Friday

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    According to the agenda, they board will go into executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(F). This subsection of the open meetings law allows an executive session to consider the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an employee.

    The board will consider appointing an acting superintendent and approve the minutes of its previous meeting.

  • No school Thursday, Jan. 27

    Marion County schools will be closed Thursday, Jan. 27, due to poor road conditions.

    The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of flurries Wednesday night with a low temperature around 22 degrees.

    The weather service is predicting a high around 35 degrees on Thursday and a 20 percent chance of snow Thursday night.

  • Former superintendent releases statement about his resignation

    Former Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith has released the following statement regarding his resignation:

  • Superintendent’s severance agreement includes payment through June 30, 2011

    Former Marion County Superintendent Donald Smith and the Marion County Board of Education have agreed to go their separate ways, but Smith will be receiving a paycheck from the board through June 30, 2011.

    That was part of a severance agreement that the two parties arranged before Smith’s official resignation was approved during the Jan. 25 school board meeting at Calvary Elementary School. (Please see the full agreement below.)

  • No school in Marion County today, Wednesday, Jan. 26

    School in Marion County is cancelled today, Wednesday, Jan. 26, because of snowy, hazardous road conditions.

    A winter storm warning is in effect until 1 p.m.

    According to The Weather Channel, moderate to occasionally heavy snow will continue through the morning rush hour. Snow will start tapering off from west to east through the morning hours. Three to five inches of snow accumulations are expected.

  • Legislative forum this Saturday

    The Marion County Farm Bureau will host a legislative forum, featuring State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills. The event will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 29, in the conference room of the Farm Bureau office at 690 Metts Drive in Lebanon.

    The legislators will be available for questions from the public, and will discuss the current situation in the general assembly.

  • St. Baldrick's Day is scheduled for March 19

    Citizens National Bank in Lebanon has announced that its annual St. Baldricks event is set for Saturday, March 19, at Saint Augustine Grade School's gymnasium from 1-3 p.m.

    The event is also "live" on the St. Baldricks website. Just go to www.stbaldricks.org/events/cnb2011. That is the direct link to CNB's event page and where people can sign up as a volunteer, shavee, make donations, read about upcoming events and more.

  • The Caring Place receives a few helping hands

    Marion County cares.

    Just ask Delena Trent, executive director of The Caring Place.

    After announcing in The Lebanon Enterprise in December that The Caring Place, a domestic violence shelter that originally opened in 1993, was on the verge of closing its doors because of a lack of funding, the citizens of Marion County stepped up in a big way.

  • Murder case on track for May trial

    Tonya Ford was in court again Tuesday for a hearing in the case that accuses her of murdering her husband.

    Ford, 37, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday morning, Jan. 18, for another discovery hearing, which lasted approximately five minutes.

    Ford is accused of killing her husband, former Lebanon Police officer David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.