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  • Study: Lebanon needs another hotel

    A hotel consulting group has concluded that Lebanon could use at 36-room hotel in addition to the overnight lodging that already exists in the community.
    “Lebanon, Kentucky is experiencing significant growth in its employment base and tourist activity. Employers and tourism officials report frequent difficulty in obtaining rooms at the community’s one modern hotel,” Hospitality Consulting Group wrote in its report, which was completed in June.

  • School board keeps tax rate unchanged

    The Marion County Board of Education on Thursday voted 3-0 to keep its property tax rates unchanged for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    The tax rate last year was 53.8 cents per $100 valuation on real and personal property. That will remain the rate for 2014-15.

  • Loretto man identified as the victim in Washington County car fire

    The Kentucky State Police have identified the victim in an Aug. 1 car fire as Thomas Ray Pendygraft, 20, of Loretto. Pendygraft was identified through DNA testing.

    The state police were called to investigate a car fire at 7:48 a.m. Aug. 1 at the Springfield Reservoir on Booker Road. A Washington County sheriff's deputy reported that a body was inside the car.

  • Supreme Court denies rehearing of annexation case

    The Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld the City of Lebanon’s annexation of 415 acres of property for a second time.
    On March 20, the Supreme Court issued a 6-1 decision upholding the city’s annexation. The 2006 annexation included residential properties and multiple businesses, including Wal-mart, along Campbellsville Highway into the city limits.
    On Thursday, Aug. 21, the Supreme Court unanimously denied a petition for rehearing filed on behalf of property owners who opposed the annexation.

  • Bickett book signing has been cancelled

    UPDATE: The book signing originally scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 28, has been cancelled.

    According to the Marion County Public Library, the books to be used for the signing have not yet arrived. The book signing will be rescheduled at a later date.

  • Crew keeps things ‘Moo’ving at the park

     With fresh dew still on the grass, Jerry Stumph circled Gorley Field on a John Deere bunker rake Friday morning. The engine quietly purred as he made circular laps around the all-dirt infield.

    "It's kind of enjoyable to be honest with you," Stumph said.

  • Dippity-do

    Visitors from all over the United States and across the globe come to Loretto to visit Maker’s Mark distillery. For many of them, one of the highlights of the trip is getting to watch bottles being dipped into the bourbon’s signature red wax — live and in person.
    “It’s kind of fun because you can tell they enjoy watching you do your job,” said Jenny Spannknebel, one of the bottling line workers at Maker’s Mark.

  • CrossFit E2 – It’s not a cult, it’s a community

     Two years ago, Ross Wright decided he wanted a career change.

    He knew he wanted to do something fitness related, maybe even open his own gym. Initially, he thought about building a gym, possibly in Loretto. He even had blueprints drawn up, but finding land to build on became an issue. Then, he and his wife, Sarah, considered buying a gym, but that didn’t work out, either. In the meantime, Ross had a friend that asked him to try CrossFit at Horse Country CrossFit in Danville. He started going in February, and immediately was hooked.

  • Free paper goes to area homes today

    A special promotional issue of The Lebanon Enterprise will be sent to all homes in Marion County today. The complimentary issue to non-subscribers is made possible by the Spring View Hospital and Citizens National Bank.

  • School board tax rate hearing is Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 28, at the board office for a public hearing on the proposed 2014 tax rate.
    Last year, the school board set its tax rate at 53.8 cents per $100 of real and personal property.
    The board has scheduled a public hearing to consider increasing that rate to 55.7 cents per $100 of real and personal property for this year.