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  • Ready to ride

    A farm just outside of Loretto may soon become the new hub of competitive bull riding.

    XB Arena, an indoor, heated facility located on Scott Ballard's farm, which is located at 1280 Manton Road outside of Loretto, is scheduled to host its first competition Saturday, Dec. 5.

    The doors will open at 6 p.m., and the competition is scheduled to start around 7:30 p.m. Ballard said they will also have mutton bustin' for younger kids. (Mutton bustin' involves kids trying to hold on as they ride a sheep.)

  • State senate candidates share their views

    A special election Dec. 8 will decide who will fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat. The district includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties.

    The candidates are Jodie Haydon, a former state representative from Bardstown, and Jimmy Higdon, a sitting state representative from Lebanon.

    Both candidates recently responded to questionnaire sent by The Lebanon Enterprise. Their answers reveal a number of similarities as well as a few differences.

  • Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival rings in the season this weekend

    Want to see a holiday event that is completely off the chain? There’s no time better to spend a weekend in central Kentucky than during the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival Fri-Sun., Dec. 4-6.

  • Arson is suspected in Gravel Switch fire

    The home of Gravel Switch Fire Department Chief Larry Vaughn was significantly damaged by fire on Thanksgiving day. Arson is suspected, according to the Kentucky State Police.

    KSP Arson Investigator Alex Wesley is investigating the fire, which took place Thursday morning. The Lebanon Police Department's dispatch received a call at 9:26 a.m., that there was a fire at 109 East Railroad Street in Gravel Switch. Fire fighters responded and prevented a total loss but the home sustained significant damage, according to a Kentucky State Police report.

  • Haydon wins Senate seat

    Jodie Haydon is Kentucky's newest state senator.

    Haydon was elected in a Dec. 8 special election to represent the 14th District, which includes Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties. He will fill the remainder of Dan Kelly's unexpired term, which was scheduled to expire Dec. 31, 2010.

    Kelly's senate seat became vacant when he was appointed to the judge's seat for the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One.

  • Special election today

    Weeks of campaigning end today with the special election to fill the vacant District 14 state senate seat.

    Democrat Jodie Haydon and Republican Jimmy Higdon are vying to fill the seat previously held by Dan Kelly. Kelly resigned his senate seat to accept an appointment as a circuit judge.

    Voters in Marion, Mercer, Nelson, Taylor and Washington counties have the opportunity to vote today in the special election.

    Polls in Marion County are open until 6 p.m.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court will meet this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 3.

    Items on the agenda are as follows:

    - Consider/approval  of  minutes  of  previous   meeting(s)

    - Review/accept the  proposed  budget  of  Marion  County  Water  District

    - Consider advertising  for  part-time  county  employee  position

    - Proposal/request  from  Loretto  Fire  Chief  Mark  Mattingly

  • Slow down, buckle up: Lebanon police stepping up traffic enforcement

    Lately, the Lebanon Police Department has been receiving numerous complaints - not just reporting criminal activity - but also because officers have been writing tickets much more frequently.

    Through the end of October, the Lebanon Police had written 362 speeding tickets for the year, according to statistics provided by the department. That's more than a 500 percent increase over the 60 speeding tickets Lebanon officers wrote for all of 2008.

  • InBrief

    More candidates file for primary election   Here is the updated list of candidates who have filed to seek local offices in the May 18, 2010, primary election: (An (I) indicates the incumbent.)   • Jailer - Barry Brady (I) • County Clerk - Karen Spalding (I) • PVA - William Scott (I) • County Judge/Executive - John G. Mattingly (I) • Sheriff - Jimmy Clements • County Attorney - Joe H.

  • Visionary

    In the fall of 1999, Melvin James was a freshman at Wilberforce University, where he received partial scholarships for art and basketball.

    Everything seemed to be going fine, until he noticed something unusual while sitting in class.

    "I realized I couldn't read the book," James said.

    Shortly thereafter, James was diagnosed with Leber hereditary optic neuropathy, a condition that affects approximately one in 8,500 people and that leads to the degeneration of the optic nerve, according to the International Foundation for Optic Nerve Disease.