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  • Four vie for District E magistrate seat

    Roger "Cotton" Smothers has served as the District E magistrate since 2002.

    While he would like to continue to represent the district on Marion County Fiscal Court, three individuals would like to take his place on the court.

    James Rickie Livers, Charlotte Brady Mattingly and Mike Peterson are all running against Smothers in the May 18 Democratic primary election.

    All four candidates replied to a questionnaire from the Enterprise. A summary of their answers is presented below.

  • Eat, drink (less) and be healthier

    Marion Countians are slightly more likely to die before age 75 than average Kentuckians.

    Nearly one in four Marion Countians considers themselves to be in poor or fair health.

    And Marion Countians are at least as likely as other Kentuckians to smoke, be obese or binge drink.

    This data and more was compiled by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin's Population Health Institute as part of a study that evaluated the healthiness of every county in every state.

  • Marion County native has died in Afghanistan

    Sgt. Randolph A. Sigley Jr., a 2000 Marion County High School graduate, died Sunday morning at Bagram Airfield in Afghanistan.

    Sigley was 28 years old. He was serving in Afghanistan with a Kentucky National Guard Unit based in Richmond, Ky., according to his stepfather, Al Hardin of Lebanon.

    According to Sigley's Facebook page, he was a former U.S. Marine. He was a student at Eastern Kentucky University, where he was pursuing a major in Homeland Security and a minor in environmental health sciences.

    Hardin said little information had been released at this time.

  • A tornado watch is in effect until 9 p.m. April 24

    The National Weather Service has issued a tornado watch until 9 p.m. Saturday, April 24, for 41 Kentucky counties, including Marion County.

    The weather service is warning that low and mid-level winds will increase as a result of a surface low. This could create conditions favorable for one or more lines of intense storms and rotating supercells, which could produce tornadoes.

    Wind damage, large hail, heavy rain and cloud-to-ground lightning are also likely, according to the weather service.

  • Garage tour is April 24

    The finest classic cars, trucks and motorcycles will wow auto enthusiasts during the U.S. 68 Garage Tour Saturday, April 24, in downtown Lebanon.

    Held at Hardin's Garage, a showplace for some of central Kentucky's finest Mercurys, Thunderbirds, Ford convertibles and Crown Victorias, this show features classic vehicles from all over the state.

    The first 50 to register receive commemorative dash plaques and goodie bags. A People's Choice Award will be presented and numerous door prizes will be given away throughout the day to spectators and participants.

  • Sheriff candidate questionnaire: Jimmy Clements

    Name: Jimmy Clements

    Address: 1150 Sallie Ray Pike

    Raywick, Ky 40060

    Date of birth: August 1st, 1963

    Family information: Married 25 years to the former Julie Masterson from Loretto. We have two children James who is a student at Campbellsville University and Lauren a student at Marion County High School. My parents are Billy and Juanita Clements from Raywick.

  • Rakes wants to serve his community

    Terry "Catfish" Rakes believes he is qualified to serve as the next Marion County property valuation administrator, but he also feels he has an obligation to work to enhance the county's future.

    "I want to be a greater part of what takes place in this county than I already am, for my family, friends and those that I want to get to know better," he wrote in response to a questionnaire from the Enterprise.

  • Scott seeks another term

    William U. Scott has represented Marion County as an elected official since 1994, and he hopes to keep doing so for another four years. In the May 18 primary, Scott is running for re-election as the Marion County property valuation administrator.

    "It has been a rewarding and fulfilling experience and I would like the opportunity to continue to serve," he wrote in a questionnaire for the Enterprise.

    Scott previously served as the state representative from 1994 to 2002. He has been the PVA since then.

  • PVA candidate questionnaire - Terry "Catfish" Rakes

    Name: Terry "Catfish" Rakes

    Address: 221 Windy Lane,  Lebanon, KY 

    Date of birth: 5/27/78

    Family information:

    Wife: Christy Abell Rakes - Daughter of Carroll and Phyllis Abell

    Parents: Bobby and Debbi Rakes  and the Late Connie Jo Rakes

    Siblings:  Tonya and Eric Blandford, Donna and Jason  Mudd

    Grandparents: Rita Thomas Wright, Geneva Cox Rakes, William "Bud" and Doris Spalding

    Educational background:

    Marion County High School

  • Extinguished

    Courtney Spalding held a candle in front of her as her obituary was being read. It was tough listening to someone describe how she had "died."

    "I really started crying when I heard my own [obituary] because it was something my parents would have to go through," she said.

    Spalding, a 17-year-old junior, hadn't really died, but she was one of the students chosen by the Grim Reaper to participate in the Ghost Out Wednesday at Marion County High School.

    The Ghost Out was a reminder of the risks of drinking and driving.