Local News

  • Toyota cutting back production

    The Toyota Motor Corporation is expecting reduced production for the remainder of 2011 in the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that affected Japan earlier this year.

  • Stick-horse derby is April 30

    The first Stick Horse-Egg and Spoon Derby is scheduled to be held from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at Graham Memorial Park. The event will include events for all ages and is a fund-raiser for The Caring Place, a shelter for women who are victims of abuse.

    Race registration for business and church racers and for the Derby hat contest will take place from 1 to 1:15 p.m. Kid racers can register between 1 and 2 p.m.

  • ATC reports to county

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has contributed more than $180,000 to the Marion County Area Technology Center in recent years, and during the court's April 21 meeting, the court heard where some of that funding has been used.

    The court initially contributed $150,000 toward the renovations of the tech center. The court has agreed since then to allow that money to be used in other ways to enhance the tech center. Principal Laura Arnold reported that $63,600 was used to help fund an engineering position at the tech center.

  • Two Republicans vie for ag commissioner nomination

    James Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville are seeking to become Kentucky's next Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Before either has a chance to make that happen, one will have to win the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary, however.

    The current ag commissioner, Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor on David Williams' ticket. Comer and Rothenburger hope to keep Farmer's seat in Republican hands.

  • Flash flood watch in effect through late tonight

    The National Weather Service has issued a flash flood watch in effect through late tonight.

    Weather reports indicate that heavy rain and thunderstorms will continue through much of today, leading to flash flooding as well as more general flooding across the region. By this evening, a total of two to four inches of rain is expected to fall. This amount of rain on already saturated ground will lead to rapid rises across creeks and streams and future flooding across larger rivers.

  • State of Emergency declared

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to the effects of flooding April 25-26 in Marion County.
    Judge Mattingly said state officials asked county officials to go ahead an issue states of emergency. The county has had some isolated damage, but nothing like the damage during the ice storm in 2009 or the flooding last year.

  • WMES students heading back to their school

    West Marion Elementary students' day away from their own school has come to an end.
    Due to a power outage early Tuesday morning, West Marion students were sent to St. Charles Middle School for most of the school day. Shortly after 1 p.m., buses arrived at SCMS to take the elementary students back to their school.

  • Enterprise fax is available again

    The Lebanon Enterprise's fax machine is back in working order.

    Faxes can be sent to 692-2118.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m., April 21

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, April 21, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting.

    - Workers compensation insurance renewal with KACo.

    - A status report from Delena Trent of The Caring Place

    - A report on co-op funding from the Marion County Area Technology Center

    - Payment to the Marion County Clerk for preparation of tax bills

    - Agreement with the City of Lebanon to share E-911 contracts

  • Candidate for State Treasurer - Steve Hamrick

    Steve Hamrick


    Date of birth: 11/18/50


    Family: Seven Children; Eleven Grandchildren, Married to Karen Grim Spragens Hamrick

    Born in Murray Kentucky, Father William D. Hamrick was First Superintent of KenLake State Park

    Four of my children are from Marion County and all have lived in county.