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  • Two Republicans vie for ag commissioner nomination

    James Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville are seeking to become Kentucky's next Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Before either has a chance to make that happen, one will have to win the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary, however.

    The current ag commissioner, Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor on David Williams' ticket. Comer and Rothenburger hope to keep Farmer's seat in Republican hands.

  • Flash flood watch in effect through late tonight

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in effect through late tonight.

    Weather reports indicate that heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue through much of today, leading to flash flooding as well as more general flooding across the region. By this evening, a total of two to four inches of rain is expected to fall. This amount of rain on already saturated ground will lead to rapid rises across creeks and streams and future flooding across larger rivers.

  • State of Emergency declared

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to the effects of flooding April 25-26 in Marion County.
    Judge Mattingly said state officials asked county officials to go ahead an issue states of emergency. The county has had some isolated damage, but nothing like the damage during the ice storm in 2009 or the flooding last year.

  • WMES students heading back to their school

    West Marion Elementary students' day away from their own school has come to an end.
    Due to a power outage early Tuesday morning, West Marion students were sent to St. Charles Middle School for most of the school day. Shortly after 1 p.m., buses arrived at SCMS to take the elementary students back to their school.

  • Enterprise fax is available again

    The Lebanon Enterprise's fax machine is back in working order.

    Faxes can be sent to 692-2118.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m., April 21

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, April 21, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting.

    - Workers compensation insurance renewal with KACo.

    - A status report from Delena Trent of The Caring Place

    - A report on co-op funding from the Marion County Area Technology Center

    - Payment to the Marion County Clerk for preparation of tax bills

    - Agreement with the City of Lebanon to share E-911 contracts

  • Candidate for State Treasurer - Steve Hamrick

    Steve Hamrick


    Date of birth: 11/18/50


    Family: Seven Children; Eleven Grandchildren, Married to Karen Grim Spragens Hamrick

    Born in Murray Kentucky, Father William D. Hamrick was First Superintent of KenLake State Park

    Four of my children are from Marion County and all have lived in county.


  • Campbellsville men accused of receiving stolen property

    Edward A. Craig, 27, of 3460 W. Finley Ridge Road in Campbellsville was indicted for receiving stolen property in Marion Circuit Court recently.
    According to the indictment, between Sept. 15 and Oct. 7, 2010, Craig received, retained or disposed of movable property (valued at more than $500 but less than $10,000) of another knowing it has been stolen, or having reason to believe they had been stolen, or he aided, abetted or counseled with another in said act.
    His bond was set a $10,000 with the conditions that he have no contact with the complaining witnesses.

  • Miller Pike man receives probaton for fourth DUI

    Derrick J. Johnson, 40, of 650 Miller Pike in Lebanon received three years of probation for DUI, his fourth offense (aggravator). He received credit for 116 days served.
    Charges of driving on a DUI suspended license third or subsequent offense, careless driving, failure of non-owner to maintain required insurance and first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.
    Two counts of first-degree persistent felony offender were dismissed.

    In other circuit court news:

  • Judge publicly reprimanded

    Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram has been reprimanded for failing to rule on cases in a timely manner.

    The Kentucky Judicial Conduct Commission has ruled in an "Order of Public Reprimand" that it has received complaints that Bertram failed to dispose of judicial matters "promptly and efficiently."

    The document is dated Jan. 14 and was published in the March 2011 issue of "Bench & Bar," which is a bi-monthly publication of the Kentucky Bar Association.