Local News

  • Court decision could affect industrial foundation

    A recent Kentucky Supreme Court decision could have a big impact on the Marion County Industrial Foundation and similar organizations around the state.

    On April 26, the court handed down an opinion in a case involving the Floyd County property valuation administrator and the Prestonburg Industrial Corporation (PIC). The Supreme Court determined that Section 170 of the Kentucky Constitution, which exempts "institutions of purely public charity" from paying property taxes, did not apply to PIC.

  • Kentucky Commission on Human Rights files complaint against Raywick bar

    George Stinson, chair of the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights, has filed a discrimination complaint against Susie's Bottoms Up Bar & Grill in Raywick and its registered agent, Susan M. Riggle, also of Raywick.

    The Lebanon Enterprise filed an open records request and obtained a copy of the complaint, which was filed April 30 in Louisville.

  • Warrior Dash moves to Marion County

    By Marty Finley

    Landmark News Service

    An extreme obstacle race series that encourages participants to embrace their inner warriors will not unleash its battle cry on Hardin County this summer.

    The Warrior Dash has relocated its Kentucky race from Wild Rose Equestrian Center in the Elizabethtown area to Pope's Creek Ranch in Marion County, outside Lebanon, because alcohol is prohibited at the Hardin County site.

  • MCHS students treated and released after being ejected from vehicle during wreck

    Several Marion County High School students are safe and sound after they were involved in a collision Friday evening on Sportsman Lake Road in Lebanon.

    The wreck occurred at 5:20 p.m., two miles south of Lebanon, according to a media release from Kentucky State Police.

  • AAR Precision Systems to close in June

    AAR Precision Systems will be closing June 19, and 61 employees will be losing their jobs as a result.

    "The plant closing is permanent," wrote Ami Woodworth, the director of Human Resources for AAR Corporation, in an April 19 letter to the Office of Employment Training.

    AAR Corporation is the parent company for AAR Precision Systems, which is located at 748 West Main Street in Lebanon. The letter also reads that the plant closure will take place during a 14-day period starting June 19.

  • Annexation case heading to state Supreme Court

    The City of Lebanon annexed 415 acres of land to the southwest of the city in 2006 over the objections of several property owners in the area. Six years later, the Kentucky Supreme Court will review the case.

    On April 18, the Kentucky Supreme Court approved an order granting discretionary review.

  • Raywick bar under new management

    Susie's Bottoms Up has become the Raywick Bar and Grill, and according to an ad in this week's paper, it is also under new management.

    A call to the bar was not returned before press time.

    Susie's Bottoms Up was accused of discriminating against African-American patrons on April 5. The Kentucky Human Rights Commission is investigating the incident, but no further information is available regarding that investigation at this time.

  • Book signing

    Jim Higdon III signed copies of his book, The Cornbread Mafia, April 26 at the Marion County Public Library. Higdon is pictured signing a book for Al Cross (far right), who covered Marion County for The Courier-Journal at the time the marijuana operations described in the book were taking place.

  • Huddle House looks to reopen in June

    The Lebanon Huddle House might be reopened next month.

    Jamie Hicks, who owns the local franchise, said if everything goes according to plan, he hopes to open in early June.

    "We're changing the look," Hicks said. "We're just remodeling it a little bit."

    The restaurant is located at 613 W. Main Street in Lebanon. In addition to the new facade, he said they are putting in new tables, new light fixtures and televisions. Freddie Hilpp owns the land and the building.

  • Lebanon man accused of 10 counts of rape

    Michael Johnson Jr., 25, of 337 Martin Luther King Boulevard #2 in Lebanon was indicted for 10 counts of first-degree rape in Marion Circuit Court recently.

    According to the indictment, between Oct. 9, 2010, and Oct. 9, 2011, Johnson engaged in sexual intercourse with another person who was incapable of consent because she was less than 12 years old.

    His bond was set at $50,000 with the condition that he has no contact with the complaining witness.

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