Local News

  • Board excited with superintendent's progress

    Superintendent Donald Smith has been sitting at the helm of Marion County's school district for more than six months now, and according to the board of education that hired him, he's made a great deal of progress.

    Last week, the board and Smith sat down for Smith's mid-year evaluation. In the past, superintendent evaluations have been done in closed session but that changed in 2008 after the attorney general ruled that such evaluations must be public, except when they might lead to discipline or dismissal.

  • County changes pricing for dead animal removal

    The Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously approved a change to the county's fee for dead animal removal during its Jan. 21 meeting.

    Under the new policy, the county will charge $20 to visit a site and remove one animal. The county will also be charging $10 for each additional animal it picks up during the same visit.

    Marion County started providing dead animal removal on its own last year. Previously, the county had paid Nation Brothers to provide the service, but Nation Brothers ceased the service in several counties because its expenses increased.

  • Candidate filings for the May 18 primary

    The deadline for candidates to file for the May 18 primary elections for local, state and federal offices was Tuesday, Jan. 26. These are the candidates who filed to run in that primary.

    An (I) indicates and incumbent.

    Marion County offices

    Jailer - Dem: Barry Brady (I)

    County Clerk - Dem: Karen Spalding (I)

    PVA - Dem: William U. Scott (I), Terry "Catfish" Rakes

    County Judge/Executive - Dem: John G. Mattingly (I)

  • Enterprise named one of the state's best large weeklies

    The Lebanon Enterprise received third place for general excellence in Weekly Class 3 in the Kentucky Press Association's 2009 Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers contest.

    The Tennessee Press Association judged the contest, and the contest was limited to material published between Oct. 1, 2008, and Sept. 30, 2009.

    Enterprise staff members received six first-, three second-, and two third-place awards and an honorable mention.

  • Haiti donations coming in by the jarful!

    Brother Bud Owen works as a full-time pastor but, within the past two weeks, he feels like he has been working another full-time job, and he couldn't be happier.

    "You would think we were the Red Cross," Owen said, with a laugh.

    Since a story ran in the Enterprise last week about Brother Bud collecting donations to send to his parents who are missionaries in Haiti, he has been overwhelmed with phone calls from people wanting to help.

  • Time to shine

    Meg Halloran devoted several weekends during the past two years to working on a small, independent film. This weekend, she'll be enjoying the results of her and her friends' hard work at the Sundance Film Festival.

    "One Too Many Mornings," the film that Halloron co-produced, was selected as one of the films featured in the festival's new NEXT category.

    "The project is really special because it was a small group of people working on it," said Halloran, a 2001 graduate of Marion County High School. "It meant a lot of sacrifices."

  • Winter weather advisory has been issued

    The National Weather Service has issued a winter weather advisory and a hazardous weather outlook for south central Kentucky, including Marion County.

    The winter weather advisory is in effect through 4 p.m. Saturday. According to the National Weather Service, snow will start accumulating in south central Kentucky this evening. Two to four inches of snowfall is anticipated with higher accumulation possible.

    This may cause travel difficulties. Drivers should be prepared for snow-covered roads with limited visibility.

  • Checks, balances important to candidate

    Leo Johnson has spent the last six years working for the Administrative Office of the Courts. He hopes Feb. 2 that voters in the 24th District judge him worthy of being their state representative.

    The 24th District includes Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

    Johnson decided to run for office after much prayer and after discussing it with his wife, Kim, and their two children.

  • Second MAC escapee has been caught

    John K. Francis, an inmate who walked away from Marion Adjustment Center last week, was apprehended at 2:15 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 26.

    Francis and another inmate Brian Wyatt were found to be missing Jan. 17. Wyatt was recaptured Jan. 20 in Nelson County.

    Francis was caught in Mercer County by the Mercer County Sherriff's Department. He is being housed in the Marion County Detention Center. 

  • One of the MAC escapees has been caught

    Inmate Brian Wyatt walked away from Marion Adjustment Center Sunday, Jan. 17. He was recaptured at 3:10 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21.

    Wyatt was apprehended by the Nelson County Sheriff's Department, and he is being held in the Nelson County Jail.

    He was serving a 10-year sentence for engaging in organized crime-criminal syndicate and two counts of first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (methamphetamines). His parole board date was scheduled for June 14, 2011.