Local News

  • Murder case on track for May trial

    Tonya Ford was in court again Tuesday for a hearing in the case that accuses her of murdering her husband.

    Ford, 37, appeared before Taylor Circuit Court Judge Dan Kelly on Tuesday morning, Jan. 18, for another discovery hearing, which lasted approximately five minutes.

    Ford is accused of killing her husband, former Lebanon Police officer David M. Ford on Feb. 10, 2009. She pleaded not guilty in November.

  • New home for special needs adults being built

    When Billy Osbourne became the president of the Marion County Association for the Handicapped last year, the first thing he wanted to do was identify the needs in the community.

    "We need housing and we need a new workshop," he said.

    And the association, with some help from the Marion County Fiscal Court, is working toward meeting those needs.

  • Three departments respond to house fire

    Firefighters from Lebanon, Bradfordsville and Loretto all responded to a house fire Thursday at 3081 Bradfordsville Highway, according to Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly.

    The house belongs to Gary Ford, although no one is living there at this time, Mattingly said.

    Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes spotted the fire while driving toward Lebanon and made the call reporting the situation. The fire was reported at 8:05 a.m.

  • Distinguished Young Woman honored by fiscal court

    Christine Mattingly recently won the Kentucky Junior Miss competition. As a result she has been named the newest Distinguished Young Woman of Kentucky.

    She will go on to represent the state in the national competition in June in Mobile, Ala.

    Last week, however, she received some recognition closer to home from the Marion County Fiscal Court.

  • Enterprise among best in its class

    For the third consecutive year, The Lebanon Enterprise has received a general excellence award from the Kentucky Press Association.

    The Enterprise received the second-place award for large weekly newspapers in Kentucky. The Jessamine Journal received the first-place award among large weeklies.

  • Commission concerned about community, cooperation

    The chairwoman of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission believes it's time for the commission to "regroup" and for its director to become more team-oriented.

    Saturday, the commission (which is still short two commissioners) met at 8 a.m. to discuss the job performance of Executive Director Chris Hamilton and to consider a possible salary increase for him.

  • School board quizzes Smith

    For nearly three hours Jan. 18, the Marion County Board of Education peppered Superintendent Donald Smith with questions on topics ranging from his residence in another county, his use of a district vehicle, speaking engagements and his leadership style. Two board members even said they questioned whether they could trust him.

    The superintendent defended his record, citing improvements in student test scores and stating his commitment to the community.

  • Donald Smith is no longer superintendent

    Donald Smith is no longer the superintendent of Marion County Public Schools.

    Michael Mullins, the chairman of the Marion County Board of Education, made the announcement following an executive session during the board's Jan. 25 meeting at Calvary Elementary School.

    Upon returning to open session, Mullins said the board members had a copy of a proposed severance agreement and release between the board and Smith, which terminated Smith's contract with Marion County Schools.

    The board voted unanimously to approve the agreement.

  • New student registration is Feb. 4

    Students entering Marion County Public Schools for the first time should register at the county elementary schools between noon and 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4.

    Children 5 and under on or before Oct. 1 should register for kindergarten. Students in the 4-year-old program during the 2010-11 academic year should also register for kindergarten.

  • Marion County schools are closed Monday, Jan. 24

    Marion County schools are closed Monday, Jan. 24, due to road conditions.

    The National Weather Service is predicting a chance of snow before 10 a.m., a chance of snow and rain between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. and a slight chance of rain after 1 p.m. The high temperature will be around 43 degrees, and the chance of precipitation is 30 percent, according to the weather service.

    The weather service is predicting a low around 33 degrees tonight with a 40 percent chance of precipitation.