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Local News

  • 'Catfish' takes reigns as PVA

    Marion County's new public valuation administrator was sworn in Monday morning at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Terry "Catfish" Rakes took the oath of office in front of a small gathering of family and friends. The PVA takes over on the first Monday in December. Other county and local officials will take office in January.

  • Donations being accepted to find missing Gravel Switch woman

    Almost five months ago, Kara Tingle Rigdon, 27, the daughter of Dale and Sheila Tingle of Gravel Switch was reported missing. An account at Peoples Bank in Lebanon has been set up to raise money for a reward to be offered for any information leading to Kara's whereabouts.

  • Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival is Dec. 3-5

    The Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival kicks off Friday, Dec. 3, with the Marion County Homemakers Christmas Bazaar and continues through Sunday, Dec. 5, ending with The Beautiful Music of Christmas concert at St. Augustine Catholic Church.

    A 2010 Kentucky Top 10 Winter/Holiday event, the festival features 15 events in one weekend throughout Marion and Washington counties. The festival includes light shows, parades, tours, live entertainment, visits with Santa and other family activities.

  • Wreaths Across America at noon Dec. 11

    At noon Saturday, Dec. 11, members of the community will gather together to honor veterans during the holiday season as part of the annual Wreaths Across America Day.

    The Patriot Guard Riders of Kentucky and the group Honoring Lebanon's Hero's have volunteered to conduct the WAA ceremony this year at the Lebanon National Cemetery starting at noon. Seven ceremonial wreaths will be placed to remember all soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines who served, honor their sacrifices, and teach our younger generations about the high cost of our freedoms.

  • Marina fire at Green River Lake

    By James Roberts

    writer@cknj.com

    A fire spread quickly through Green River Marina on Friday morning, completely destroying the building.

    Taylor County Volunteer Fire Department responded to the fire just after 11 a.m., finding the building fully engulfed upon arrival.

    Volunteer Fire Chief George Wilson said a propane tank and an oxygen tank exploded inside the building after firefighters arrived.

    The building housed a grocery store, gift shop and restaurant.

  • Nominations for 'Outstanding' awards being accepted

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will present their outstanding awards during the Annual Meeting & Outstanding Awards Banquet on Jan. 27, 2011.

    Nominations will be accepted through Jan. 15, 2011.

    Please take the time to nominate your fellow business leaders for these prestigious awards. It only takes a few minutes of your time to thank someone that has made an impact on your career and or personal life.

  • Chamber of Commerce is having a membership drive

    The Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce is having a special membership drive.

    Businesses that join before Jan. 1, 2011, will be able to get their membership during the rest of 2010 for free and a 25 percent discount on membership fees for 2011.

  • Farmer-friendly

    "If we take care of the land, it will take care of us."

    Hugh Hammond Bennett, the first National Resources Conservation Service chief, spoke those words, and they ring true for Don Nelson of Lebanon. Nelson, 76, not only farmed for 35 years but also worked for the Soil Conservation Service for more than four decades.

    "As a farmer, you know the importance of land," Nelson said.

  • Osbourne heading to The Springfield Sun

    Jesse Osbourne, the sports correspondent for The Lebanon Enterprise, will be crossing the county border to accept a full-time position with The Springfield Sun.

    Osbourne has been the Enterprise's sports correspondent since October of 2008. In that time, he has won awards from the Kentucky Press Association and Landmark Community Newspapers (the parent company for the Enterprise and the Sun) for his photography and writing.

  • Empty cells, empty coffers

    This December will mark the seventh year that the Marion County Detention Center has operated without any funds from the county budget.

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady wants the jail to remain self-sufficient, but unless the detention center has more inmates to fill its beds, he doesn't know how much longer the jail will remain in the black.

    "Empty beds are lost revenue," Brady said.