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  • State police liable in Lebanon teen's death

    More than 13 years after LeBron Gaither's murder, the Kentucky Board of Claims has found the Kentucky State Police liable in his death. The Board of Claims issued a final order Dec.

  • Enterprise will print more Santa letters in its Dec. 23 edition

    The Lebanon Enterprise has received several phone calls and emails from frantic adults stating that their child's letter to Santa was not included in the special Christmas section, which was included in the Dec. 16 edition.   Apparently, the mean, nasty Mr. Grinch stole some of the letters, but they were recovered by the Enterprise Elves recently.   We would like to remind all of the adults that the deadline to submit letters to Santa was Friday, Dec.

  • Higdon preparing for senate

    Jimmy Higdon's phones rang almost constantly for days after his victory in the Dec. 8 special election to fill the 14th District state senate seat. His win over Democrat Jodie Haydon was even mentioned in The Wall Street Journal and by talk radio host Rush Limbaugh. Higdon, a Republican, was amused by the attention his victory received, but he said he wasn't going to try to analyze what his win might mean. "I'll let the experts pick it apart and digest it," he said.

  • Another special election is coming

    Jimmy Higdon was the sitting state representative for the 24th district, which includes Marion and Casey counties and part of Pulaski County. His seat will be considered vacant when he is sworn in as the 14th District state senator as a result of his victory in the Dec. 8 special election. Under KRS 118.730, the governor can issue a writ of special election for a member of the General Assembly if the vacancy occurs while the legislature is not in session. That writ will set the date for the special election.

  • Ford murderer still at-large

    This year, Christmas has new meaning for Darrell Ford. It was this time last year that he saw his brother, Lebanon Police Officer David Ford, alive for the final time. "We had Christmas dinner at my house," Darrell said. "David had to work that day so he was in uniform. I remember thinking, 'Damn he looks good.'" On Feb.

  • Holiday wreath-laying to honor vets this Saturday

    The Lebanon National Cemetery will host Wreaths Across America, a holiday wreath-laying ceremony to honor and remember our nation's veterans, this Saturday at noon.   

    The Wreaths Across America event began in 2006, when the Worcester Wreath Company began donating holiday wreaths in tribute to veterans laid to rest at VA's 130 national cemeteries and state veterans cemeteries. For each of the past 18 years, they have donated wreaths for gravesites at Arlington National Cemetery.

  • Board of Claims finds state police liable in death of Lebanon teenager

    More than 13 years after Lebron Gaither's murder, the Kentucky Board of Claims has found the Kentucky State Police liable in his death. The Board of Claims issued a final order Dec. 8 in which the board ruled that the police were liable for $168,729.90 in damages.

    LeBron Gaither was 17 years old when he was killed July 17, 1996, in Casey County near the Casey-Taylor County line. Gaither had been working as a drug informant for the state police. In the days prior to his death, he had testified before grand juries in Marion and Taylor counties.

  • Council approves property maintenance ordinance

    The City of Lebanon may soon become more active in pushing residents to maintain their properties.

    Monday evening, the council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of a property maintenance code enforcement ordinance. Before the ordinance becomes law, it must be published in the newspaper. (It does not appear in today's paper.)

    Despite the unanimous vote, council members did raise some concerns about the ordinance.

  • Higdon wins Senate seat

    Jimmy Higdon is Kentucky's newest state senator.

    Higdon 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.

  • In Brief

    One new candidate files for fiscal court

    Phillip Dewayne Shively of Finley has filed to run for the District D magistrate seat.

    Incumbent Larry Caldwell of Lebanon previously filed to seek re-election.

    Tennessee murder trial for Lebanon man near conclusion

    The evidence has been presented and closing arguments have been presented in the trial of George Thomas of Lebanon, according to WBIR in Knoxville. It's now up to the jury to make its decision.