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  • Chief deputy ready to lead sheriff's department

    Jimmy Clements has been the chief deputy for the Marion County Sheriff's Department since 1996. Now, he's ready to move into the main office.

    Clements is challenging incumbent Sheriff Carroll Kirkland in the May 18 primary election.

    Clements wrote in response to a questionnaire from the Enterprise that he wanted to run for sheriff when he felt he had the experience to do so.

    "I believe that time has come and I would like to put the knowledge I have gained to work by serving Marion County," he said.

  • Police officer heading to Afghanistan

    Lebanon Police Officer J.D. Holliday is reporting for duty in a different capacity this week.

    Holliday is also a specialist in the Army Reserves. He is deploying to Afghanistan with the 212th Transportation Company, which is based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Holliday previously served a tour of duty in Iraq. This time will be a little tougher, he said, because he will be leaving behind his wife, Laura, and their daughters, Cathy, 3, and Natalie, 2.

  • Sheriff shooting for another term

    Carroll Kirkland has been the sheriff since 1996, and he would like Marion County voters to help him maintain that position for another four years.

    Kirkland is being challenged in the May 18 primary by Chief Deputy Jimmy Clements.

    Kirkland is seeking re-election because he appreciates the opportunity to serve the community, he wrote in response to a questionnaire sent by the Enterprise.

  • Mattingly is appointed to school board

    Brad Mattingly of Lebanon was appointed to the Marion County Board of Education last week.

    Mattingly was one of six applicants that applied for the vacant board seat, which was left open when former school board member Joe Mattingly resigned. Mattingly was forced to resign after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board.

  • Deep roots

    Never say never.

    That's a valuable lesson Rick Goodin learned years ago after saying that he would never come back to live in his hometown of Lebanon or work at his family's business - Lebanon Oak Flooring.

    But, as Goodin can attest, sometimes it's good to be wrong.

    It's apparently paid off for Goodin, who was recently named Outstanding Businessperson by the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce.

  • Public and Private Partnership

    Gov. Steve Beshear made a quick stop in Marion County last week to present a $1 million check to the City of Lebanon.

    While Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw admits that a visit from the governor is always welcomed, it's even better when he has a check in hand.

    However, this time it was a bit more personal for Crenshaw.

    The check, which was a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), will benefit Angell-Demmel North America Corp., with its upcoming expansion.

  • CLASS-ified

    Artistic and cultural opportunities could become a regular attraction at Centre Square if everything goes according to plan.

    St. Catharine College officials are looking for ways to expand their outreach to Marion County, and they see Centre Square as the venue to make that happen.

    Marion Countians could work toward college degrees and take continuing education courses - in a classroom setting - without needing to leave the county, according to a proposal presented to the Lebanon City Council earlier this month.

  • New chief takes the reins

    The City of Lebanon has a new chief of police.

    Joseph Bell was sworn in as the chief Saturday afternoon following a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council. Wally Brady was sworn in as the new assistant chief.

    Bell is the first African-American to serve as Lebanon's chief of police.

    After taking the oath of office, Bell said he has been working toward becoming a chief for 20 years. He added that fairness would be his main focus as the new leader of the department.

  • Coalition to present drug testing proposal to school board Tuesday, April 6

    The Marion County Safe Community Coalition is scheduled to present a proposal at the school board meeting Tuesday evening, April 6, to begin a drug-testing program at Marion County High School.

    The coalition is proposing that the high school randomly drug test 260 students during the 2010-11 school year. Students and their parents will be required to sign a statement that they volunteer to be a part of the program for the upcoming year.

  • Students, parents concerned about JROTC's future

    Elizabeth Matusz, a cadet in the Marion County High School JROTC program, stood before the high school's site-based council March 24. While occasionally fighting tears, she urged the council to allow the program to continue.

    "Give us one more year to get our numbers back up and to get our program back to what it can be," she said.

    A room filled with students, parents, former JROTC members and instructors were also there to show their support for the program.