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  • Libel case against Enterprise dismissed on appeal

    The Kentucky Court of Appeals has dismissed an appeal by convicted murderer David Nichols in his complaint accusing The Lebanon Enterprise of intentional infliction of emotional distress and libel.

    Nichols was convicted of the wanton murder of Joshua Wright and assault under extreme emotional disturbance, stemming from an incident that occurred Aug. 18, 2000. The Kentucky Supreme Court later upheld Nichols' murder conviction, but reversed his assault charge.

  • Fire consumes garage at 980 Loretto Road

    A fire consumed a Lebanon automotive repair garage and destroyed at least seven vehicles Tuesday, Nov. 17.

    The garage was Seals Auto Sales and Auto Repair located at 980 Loretto Road.

    Initially, the Lebanon Police received a report of a car fire at 10:57 that morning. When firefighters arrived on scene, they found something even more serious. As it turned out the car was inside a garage, along with four more cars, tires and an oil drum, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

  • Arson investigation underway in Gravel Switch

    Kentucky State Police Arson Investigator Alex Wesley is investigating a residential fire that occurred at the home of Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Department Chief Larry Vaughn on the morning of Thanksgiving.

    According to the Kentucky State Police, Lebanon Police Department's dispatch received a call Thursday, Nov. 26, at 9:26 a.m., that there was a fire at 109 East Railroad Street in Gravel Switch. Firefighters responded and prevented a total loss but the home sustained significant damage. No one was at the residence when the fire occurred and there were no injuries.

  • KSP seeking suspects in home invasion

    The Kentucky State Police are looking for two suspects involved in a home invasion Wednesday, Nov. 11, on Horan Lane in Lebanon.

    According to the police report, two male suspects forced their way into the residence of William Deering and Chasity Wright. The suspects initially identified themselves as police officers. The men, who were wearing masks and carrying long guns, forced their way into the residence, the state police reported.

  • Deputies face drug trafficking, other charges

    When Washington County Sheriff Tommy Bartley got a phone call around 1 a.m. Friday, he initially thought two of his deputies might have been involved in an accident, or perhaps even a shooting. But he never expected what he was about to hear from the Kentucky State Police officer on the other end of the line.

    "They called to inform me that my deputies had been arrested for trafficking in marijuana," Bartley said.

  • Fire consumes garage on Loretto Road

    At 10:57 a.m. Nov. 17, the Lebanon Police received a report of a car fire at 980 Loretto Road, Seals Auto Sales and Auto Repair.

    As it turned out, the vehicle was inside a garage at that location.

    The Lebanon Fire Department was dispatched to the scene, but the fire grew large enough that every fire department in Marion County was paged. The Lebanon Police, Marion County Sheriff's Department, Kentucky State Police, Marion County Ambulance and Marion County EMS also responded to the scene.

    The garage was consumed by the fire.

  • A fresh start for a familiar face

    The Rev. Lawman Chibundi isn't new to the people of Marion County, but he returned last week with a new idea for them to consider.

    Chibundi previously served as a parish priest at St. Augustine Catholic Church, but later left the Roman Catholic priesthood over some disagreements he has with church teachings.

    Chibundi doesn't speak with anger when he discusses those differences of opinion. Instead, he speaks highly of the priests he has known and worked with, including the current Archbishop of Louisville.

  • Racetrack slot machines hot topic at debate

    While the two candidates started the debate by stating their mutual friendship, clear differences emerged between the Democrat and Republican running for the vacated senate seat of Dan Kelly.

    The hour-and-a-half debate was hosted by PLG-TV 13 and featured questions from a panel of area newspaper editors for Bardstown Democrat Jodie Haydon and Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon.

  • To honor and remember

    The Marion County High School JROTC led a Veterans Day ceremony Friday, Nov. 13. The ceremony included the JROTC's POW/MIA ceremony, the recitation of the poem "We Are Not Dead," and a demonstration by the Eastern Kentucky University ROTC exhibition drill team. The guest speaker was Brig. Gen. Michael X. Garrett, the deputy commanding general of the U.S. Army Recruiting Command. Garrett encouraged the students to think about the military values, such as loyalty, honor and integrity, and think about how they can apply them in their own lives.

  • Fiscal court meeting Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 19, in regular session.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    - Consider the distribution of FEMA payments to local fire and rescue departments

    - Consider the re-appointment of water board member Earl Sandusky

    - Consider the appointment of Marion County Extension District Board members

    - Approve the return of $875 in unexpected Pride Recycling Grant funds

    - Consider Marion County map back cover for directory of services display