Local News

  • Industrial Foundation hears update on unemployment, hiring conditions

    Marion County’s unemployment rate is 8 percent, according to the most recent figures, Karen King of the Marion County Economic Development Office reported at the May 16 Marion County Industrial Foundation Board meeting.
    Board member John Turner added that the job market is good in our area. Several industries are hiring, but everyone is waiting to see the effects of the Affordable Health Care Act.
    - The Marion County Industrial Foundation Board approved leasing land behind Joy Mining for $200 per acre to Phillip Kirkland for farming.

  • Memorial Day service is Sunday

    The annual Memorial Day program will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 26, at Lebanon National Cemetery. VFW Post 5910 is hosting this year’s event.
    State Senator Jimmy Higdon will be the guest speaker. Higdon is a graduate of Marion County High School and Morehead State University. After college, he was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the U.S. Army.

  • What the cluck? Council upholds ban on chickens in city limits

    Annette Copenhaver visited the Lebanon City Council last week in hopes that her chickens would be allowed to stay at her home to roost.
    After a lengthy discussion, the council agreed to give her two months to find a new place to keep them.
    When Copenhaver visited the council May 13, she asked if they would consider amending the city’s animal ordinance to allow chickens on three or more acres if they are contained. She noted that the current ordinance allows someone with three or more continuous acres to have a horse or cow.

  • Auxiliary is fiscal court’s liaison with Gravel Switch Fire Department

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has a new partner in the Gravel Switch Fire Department Auxiliary/Advisory Council.
    During its May 16 meeting, the court voted unanimously to designate the advisory council as its official liaison “on all matters dealing with the operation and recommendations concerning the needs of the Gravel Switch Fire Department from this point forward.”
    Wayne Hollon is the head of the advisory committee. The other members are Larry Brussell, Jerry Burger, Gene Lanham, Joe Kent Shewmaker, Todd Simpson and Alton Tatum.

  • Truck drives into, damages Loretto Post Office

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a collision involving a red Chevy truck and the Loretto Post Office.
    The sheriff’s office received a report of the collision around 9 p.m. Saturday.
    Lebanon Postmaster Tony Young, who is the administrative postmaster over the Loretto office, said he was told someone may have been “doing doughnuts” in the parking lot when they lost control of the vehicle and ran into the building.

  • Your money at work: Flying high

    Editor’s note: This is the last story in a series about the seven special districts serving Marion County, as identified by the State Auditor’s Office as part of an effort to increase public awareness of how their money is spent. The Enterprise is taking a closer look at the special districts that serve Marion County, how they are funded, and what they do for the community.

    The Lebanon-Springfield Airport is out of sight, out of mind for the majority of Marion and Washington Countians, that is, until one of us needs its services.

  • Board to Hamilton: You may be excused

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously voted last week to excuse Superintendent Dr. Chuck Hamilton from attending board meetings for the remainder of his contract, which ends June 30.
    Hamilton, who unexpectedly announced his retirement after only two years as superintendent, did not attend the board’s May 14 meeting.

  • Race, concerts, comedy plans presented to commission

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission recently heard proposals for a homegrown obstacle race, performances by Elvis-impersonator Eddie Miles and comedians, and a concert by internationally acclaimed trumpeters.
    Scott Ballard of XB Arena in Loretto came to the commission’s May 13 meeting seeking assistance in promoting the Hills and Horns Adventure Race, a 5K obstacle race similar to the Warrior Dash that came to Lebanon in 2012.
    Ballard said his son, Kelly, has run in a few of these types of races and he is helping plan the race.

  • Color in Motion announces plan to return in 2014

    The Color in Motion 5K recently completed its first race in Lebanon, and race officials have announced that they plan to return next year.

    According to the press release, the race is tentatively scheduled to return May 17, 2014.

  • Red Cross Statement on Oklahoma Tornado

    The American Red Cross issued the following statement in the aftermath of the Oklahoma tornado:

    Our thoughts and concerns go to everyone in Oklahoma following this horrific tornado.

    The American Red Cross has one shelter open in Moore and is working on locating others; we continue to operate three shelters that were opened Sunday in the Oklahoma City area following the storms on Sunday.  .

    Red Cross volunteers are out tonight with food and supplies supporting first responders.