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  • 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.

  • Lebanon man indicted for rape

    Telly Jermaine Burton, 35, of 668 Country Club Drive in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree rape.

    According to the indictment, on or about Sept. 27, Burton engaged in sexual intercourse with another person by forcible compulsion or who was incapable of consent because she was physically helpless.

    His bond was set at $50,000 with the condition that he have no contact with the victim.

    In other indictments:

  • LES asks for additional teachers

    Lebanon Elementary School is serving more students than ever before - more than 400 to be exact - which has forced the school to add an additional kindergarten classroom at the beginning of the school year.

    Last week, the Marion County Board of Education discussed the possibility of hiring a full-time media specialist/librarian and a full-time music teacher in order to fit the unbelievably tight and crowded schedule that the school is facing currently.

    The discussion was the result of a written request made by the LES Site Based Decision Making Council recently.

  • Kelly appointed to judge's seat

    The Governor's office issued the following announcement Monday afternoon:

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced today the appointment of State Senator Dan Kelly as a judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit.  Sen. Kelly was among three names submitted to Gov. Beshear by the seven-member nominating commission.

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

  • Lebanon reviews nuisance property ordinance

    Lebanon city officials have been discussing nuisance properties for months. Now, they are one step closer to doing something to address the problem.

    Monday evening, the Lebanon City Council reviewed a draft of a proposed property maintenance ordinance during its regular monthly meeting.

    The council reviewed a draft of an ordinance based on a similar ordinance in effect in Campbellsville.