Local News

  • Sheriff candidate questionnaire: Carroll Kirkland

    Name: Carroll Kirkland

    Address: 885 Hwy. 337

    Bradfordsville, Ky. 40099

    Date of birth: Feb. 2, 1949

    Family information: The Late John T. and Elizabeth Kirkland

    Married to Betty Brady Kirkland

    Children: Marcia (Jody) Hardin, Chad Kirkland

    Grandchildren: Brandon Hardin, Dallas & John Huston Kirkland

    Educational background:

    Work history: General Electric, 1968-1969,

    Pepsi Cola 1969-1981

    1981-1996 Deputy Sheriff, Marion County

  • School board considers drug-testing program at MCHS

    Marion County High School is one of the only high schools in the region that doesn't conduct student drug testing.

    But that could change by next school year.

    Jayne Hogan and Shelton Young, members of the Marion County Safe Community Coalition, made a proposal to the Marion County Board of Education last week to begin random student drug testing at MCHS.

  • Tech school makeover - inside and out

    The Marion County Area Technology Center is getting a major facelift with its addition and renovation project, but the school's curriculum is also in need of a pick-me-up, according to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund and Kenny Marrett, a member of the Marion County Jobs Training Consortium.

    Lund and Marrett made a presentation to the Marion County Board of Education during its meeting Tuesday, April 6, about enhancing curriculum and adding practicum courses at the tech center.

  • Marion Countians donations arrive in Haiti

    Pictured are Haitian children holding jars of peanut butter that were donated by the people of Marion County earlier this year after Haiti suffered a magnitude 7.0 earthquake on Jan. 12. A total of 110,000 pounds of peanut butter, rice, beans, canned goods, T-shirts, sheets and shoes were collected locally for the people of Haiti. The majority of those donations have already been sent to Haiti, but according to Brother Bud Owen, who has been leading the local effort, another 40,000 pounds of peanut butter and other donations from Marion County was scheduled to be shipped Monday. Bro.

  • Lebanon native named Democratic Rookie of the Year

    Joey George of Lebanon has received big time recognition. The American Association of Political Consultants awarded George the Pollie Award for Democratic Rookie of the Year. The award was presented by AAPC during its annual Pollie Awards & Training Conference in Phoenix, Ariz., recently.

    George managed Terry Mills' successful campaign during the recent special election for the state representative seat.

  • Lebanon City Council to meet Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, April 12.

    Here are the items on the agenda:

    - Delegations from Mark Spalding regarding health insurance and Jeff Wooldridge, Marion County animal control officer.

    - Department reports

    - Consider approval of health insurance renewal

    - Consider approval of the construction of a resolution supporting the construction of home by Marion County Area Technology Center students.

  • Chief deputy ready to lead sheriff's department

    Jimmy Clements has been the chief deputy for the Marion County Sheriff's Department since 1996. Now, he's ready to move into the main office.

    Clements is challenging incumbent Sheriff Carroll Kirkland in the May 18 primary election.

    Clements wrote in response to a questionnaire from the Enterprise that he wanted to run for sheriff when he felt he had the experience to do so.

    "I believe that time has come and I would like to put the knowledge I have gained to work by serving Marion County," he said.

  • Police officer heading to Afghanistan

    Lebanon Police Officer J.D. Holliday is reporting for duty in a different capacity this week.

    Holliday is also a specialist in the Army Reserves. He is deploying to Afghanistan with the 212th Transportation Company, which is based in Chattanooga, Tenn.

    Holliday previously served a tour of duty in Iraq. This time will be a little tougher, he said, because he will be leaving behind his wife, Laura, and their daughters, Cathy, 3, and Natalie, 2.

  • Sheriff shooting for another term

    Carroll Kirkland has been the sheriff since 1996, and he would like Marion County voters to help him maintain that position for another four years.

    Kirkland is being challenged in the May 18 primary by Chief Deputy Jimmy Clements.

    Kirkland is seeking re-election because he appreciates the opportunity to serve the community, he wrote in response to a questionnaire sent by the Enterprise.

  • Mattingly is appointed to school board

    Brad Mattingly of Lebanon was appointed to the Marion County Board of Education last week.

    Mattingly was one of six applicants that applied for the vacant board seat, which was left open when former school board member Joe Mattingly resigned. Mattingly was forced to resign after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board.