Local News

  • Local Marine to receive Congressional Medal

    Lebanon's own William "Buster" Mattingly will be presented with a bronze replica of the Congressional Medal at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 28, at Centre Square. The Congressional Medal is the highest honor bestowed by the legislative branch.

    Mattingly was among the 20,000 African-Americans who enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps at a time when that branch was still resisting integration. He is one of fewer than 600 of those Marines who are still living.

  • County approves industrial bond ordinance for Maker’s Mark Distillery

    During its July 19 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing bonds to be issued for the construction of new warehouses for Marker's Mark. The magistrates approved the ordinance, 4-1, with Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers casting the opposing vote.
    The ordinance allows $187 million in industrial bonds to be issued toward the construction of warehouses in Loretto as part of a Maker's Mark expansion.

  • Report ranks Kentucky in top ten for core academic improvement

    According to a report from Harvard University, Kentucky is tied for fifth place nationwide in the improvement of its students' performance in assessments of reading, mathematics and science since 1992.

  • Scam utilizes fake check

    Marion County residents are asked to be aware of a scam involving a fake check and a request for a money order.

    Steve Downs brought the letter by the Enterprise and wanted the community to be aware of it in case they receive something similar.

    The letter sent to his daughter was from Rame Hart Inc. and it came with what appears to be a check for $2,325.46.

  • School open houses and student registration schedule

    The first day of school for area students is fast approaching. Marion County Public School students will begin the school year Wednesday, Aug. 8. St. Augustine School students will start a day earlier, Tuesday, Aug. 7.

    The following is a schedule of open houses and student registrations at local schools:

    Monday, July 30

    • Marion County High School, 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., 12th grade

    Tuesday, July 31

  • August chamber lunch to feature Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson

    The Marion County Chamber of Commerce will host their monthly luncheon at noon on Aug. 23, at the Marion County Extension Office located on Fairground Road. The featured speaker will be Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson. The cost of the luncheon is $15 per person. Please RSVP for this event by Friday, Aug. 17. The Marion County Cattlemen will be preparing lunch.


    Jerry Abramson, Lieutenant Governor

  • Not so high, but very dry

    "Corn is a plant that just doesn't ever like a bad day," Bill Peterson said. "And we've had a string of bad days."

    Peterson farms 14,000 acres with his brothers, Bernard and David, and his son, Albert. They grow corn, soybeans and wheat, and like many farmers across the United States, they have had a rough year.

    "Our early corn is already toast," Peterson said. "It's beyond help."

  • "I miss mommy"

    "I wish mommy would come home soon."

    Austin Tingle's voice quivers as he sits nervously inside Gravel Switch Baptist Church Sunday evening prior to a special prayer service for his mother. He's wearing her favorite color, purple, and a pin with her photo is fastened to his shirt.

    "I miss mommy," Austin said, his bottom lip trembling.

  • A Knight on their side

    When Melissa Knight's brother, Larry Lee Jr., died after he walked away from a personal care home last year, she didn't want another family to go through that experience. She pushed and pushed and pushed for legislation to change the regulations for personal care homes, and those changes were signed into law earlier this year.

  • Remembering the war dead

    By Nick Schrager, summer intern


    Off of Highway 208 sits a place that honors the dead who have died for a nation and cause that they believed in.

    Upon entering the Lebanon National Cemetery, symmetrical rows of white headstones and posts cut into the ground and top the hills. There is a surreal and calm quietness in the air... a flag gently waves, and a silhouette in the distance mourns.