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  • For the Veatches, farming and family go hand-in-hand

    Josh Veatch has been walking beside his father on the family farm for almost as long as he's been able.

    "My first step was in a tobacco patch," said Josh, 25, "and that's where I've been ever since."

    Today, he and his father run the farm together on land that's been in their family going back to his great-grandparents.

    "I'll be the fourth generation," Josh said.

    His wife, Jessica, 29, spent 21 years of her life on a farm, where she has memories of setting tobacco and stripping leaves.

  • Fire consumes home on Danville Highway

    A home located at 2070 Danville Highway was destroyed by fire in the early morning hours on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

    "The house was a completely total loss," Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said. "There was nothing there."

    No injuries were reported as a result of the fire.

    Mattingly said he understood from talking to a neighbor that the home's residents, Beth Wayne and her children, were out of town at the time of the fire.

  • H1N1 vaccine supplies are limited

    As state and national health officials continue to offer recommendations about flu vaccines, several myths have surfaced on the Internet.

    These range from the conspiratorial (the vaccine is a means to inject people with microchips) to the skeptical (H1N1 isn't worth worrying about) to a more general anti-vaccine perspective (some people blame vaccines for problems, instead of crediting vaccines for preventing them).

  • Halloween festivities are this weekend

    Little ghosts and goblins will be invading Marion County this weekend for Halloween on Saturday.   The annual Halloween in the Park will be held Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Graham Memorial Park. The event is for all children ages preschool through sixth grade. Activities will include a hayride, sack races, candy cornhole, face painting, trick-or-treat candy, spider toss, Halloween golf and a fortune teller will be on hand. The costume contest will begin at 6 p.m. on the tennis courts. If it rains, the event is cancelled.

  • Kelly named circuit judge

    Gov. Steve Beshear ended months of speculation Monday by appointing Dan Kelly to fill the vacant judge's seat in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Division One. Kelly was sworn in Monday afternoon.

    The 11th Judicial District includes Green, Marion, Taylor and Washington counties.

    "Sen. Kelly has the appropriate temperament and experience for this position," Beshear said in a press release announcing the appointment. "I feel confident he will provide fair, honest and judicious service to the people of the 11th Judicial Circuit."

  • Wings of Hope

    The small French man approached Jean-Pierre Garnier. The man, Bernard Guirand, was looking for a relative of 1st Lt. Robert Kelley, who had been the pilot of a plane that crashed more than 61 years ago.

    Garnier introduced him to Kelley’s daughter, Barbara Brady of Lebanon, who was attending the ceremony honoring the victims of two plane crashes at Crête du Cheval Blanc (White Horse Ridge) two days apart in the aftermath of World War II.

    Guirand handed Brady a set of pilot’s wings.

  • Art on wheels

    Pulling up to Garrett Thompson's workshop, you're likely to hear AC/DC or Johnny Cash blaring from inside.

    "That's what gets my mojo going," Thompson said.

    Regardless of what music accompanies him, Thompson's mind is set on doing a good job, not just for his customers, but also for himself.

    Thompson's studio is nestled in a corner of Marion County, near the Nelson/LaRue County line, on Highview Pike in Raywick.

  • Land of opportunity?

    Five miles east of Lebanon and south of US 68, approximately 1,700 acres of land could soon be set aside to create the Pope Creek-Putnam Knob State Forest and Wildlife Management Area.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court, the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Kentucky Division of Forestry are partners in a project to create a natural conservation area in the county.

  • News briefs

    County anticipates increase in health insurance costs

    Marion County will be seeking requests for proposals for health insurance for its employees, but Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said a hefty price increase is likely.

    The county's insurance plan is not up for renewal until January, but the county could run a deficit of up to $100,000 in that line item of its budget by the end of the fiscal year, Mattingly said.

  • Education briefs

    Board denies Newspapers In Education request

    The Marion County Board of Education denied a donation request from The Lebanon Enterprise for the Newspapers In Education program at its Oct. 13 meeting.

    The decision was tabled at the board's Sept. 22 meeting so that School Finance Officer Lisa Hutchins could do more research on the needs of each school in regards to the NIE program.