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  • 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.

  • 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.