Local News

  • 10-digit dialing is mandatory starting Feb. 1

    Starting Saturday, residents of the 270 area code will be required to dial 10 digits to make a local phone call.
    Andrew Melnykovych, communications director for the Public Service Commission, said customers who dial seven digits after Feb. 1 should get a message reminding them they need to dial 10 digits.
    “With most telecommunications providers, they will get a recording saying you must dial the area code,” Melnykovych said.

  • Marion County Arts Council celebrates black history

    “Black history – a look through time.” This will be this year’s venue for the annual black history festival presented by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council. The festival will be held next Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Lebanon United Presbyterian Church.
    Displays will include “A Flattering Design,” which will include attire worn by African women. Hairdressers will be on hand to teach techniques of hair design, along with displaying the changing hairstyles from the past.

  • Send us your fun in the snow photos!

    It’s been a winter for the record books, and many of us are ready for spring. But, before we tell Old Man Winter to take a hike, we want to see your snow photos. Did you go sledding? Or, make an awesome snowman? Or, have a crazy snowball fight? Send us your photos and they might appear in the Feb. 19 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise. Email your photos to editor@lebanonenterprise.com. Make sure to include the names of the people pictured, along with where and when the photo was taken. Deadline to email photos is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12.

  • Two running for county judge

    Douglas Lee Mattingly of McElroy Pike was the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring in the 2014 race for Marion County judge/executive, and now he has some competition. David Daugherty of Loretto Road has also filed to run. Both candidates are running in the Democratic primary.
    Also, Chad Mattingly of Country Club Drive is the first candidate to file for Marion County Clerk.
    And three of the five incumbent magistrates will have challengers in the primary election.

  • Good Samaritans’ dance is Feb. 8

    The Marion County Good Samaritans gave away more than $15,000 to 34 local families affected by cancer in 2013.
    Kandice Engle-Gray, a member of the Good Samaritans Board, said they heard from several families that they used grants to help pay for travel expenses or for a loved one to accompany a cancer patient during treatments.
    But Engle-Gray added that the Good Samaritans put no restrictions on their grants.

  • ‘Lonesome’ nights

    Bad roads and cold weather couldn’t keep bluegrass fans away from Lebanon over the weekend. Hundreds of people attended both nights of the 2014 Kentucky Bluegrass Music Festival at Marion County High School.
    And the fans weren’t disappointed.
    “We enjoyed it so much that last time we came. And this year was even better,” Mark Perelnuter of Louisville said.

  • Jury wastes little time finding Salyers guilty in biker murder case

    By Todd Kleffman
    Kentucky Press News Service

    GREENSBURG — In little more than its lunch break Tuesday, Jan. 21, a Green County Circuit Court jury digested days worth of testimony and took only an hour and 20 minutes to find David Salyers guilty of plotting to murder Gleason Pyles.
    The jury's fast work to conclude the seven-day trial floored many in the courtroom. Even Jude Hagan, Salyers' attorney, seemed at a loss for words when he spoke to the jury before it began to deliberate on Salyers' punishment.

  • Fires reported on North Forest Street and McElroy Pike

    The Lebanon Fire Department helped minimize the damage from a fire at 235 N. Forest Street on Wednesday morning.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 5:11 a.m. Jan. 22.
    "It was all contained up in the attic," Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said.
    He added that the fire appears to have started due to an electrical short, and Mattingly said he believes space heaters were a factor in starting the fire.

  • House fire kills man, dog

    A Marion County man died in a house fire Friday night at 885 Penick Road.
    Gerald "G.C." Mays Jr., 55, died as a result of a fire, which appears to have been started in a wood-burning stove, according to a preliminary investigation by the Kentucky State Police. Mays was the only person in the residence, the state police reported.
    The Lebanon Police Dispatch received a call reporting the fire at 6:23 p.m. Jan. 24. Firefighters remained on the scene until 11:21 p.m. Friday.

  • ‘Wildman’ show accused of animal mistreatment

    Mother Jones, a nonprofit news organization, reported last week that it found instances of animal mistreatment during a seven-month investigation into "Call of the Wildman," the Animal Planet program starring Marion County's "Turtleman" Ernie Brown Jr.
    While Brown was not named personally, Mother Jones accused people involved with the show of endangering the lives of baby raccoons, sedating a zebra and illegally transporting bats.