Local News

  • Meetings scheduled about reduced hours at post offices

    The United States Postal Service announced in May that it was considering plans to reduce the hours at more than 13,000 post office branches nationwide.

    The USPS has also announced that it will hold meetings for each branch that will be affected. The first round of more than 1,500 meetings have been scheduled between Oct. 8 and 19. This includes two meetings for post office branches in Marion County.

  • Local pastor publishes second book

    Dr. David B. Whitlock, pastor at Lebanon Baptist Church and a columnist for The Lebanon Enterprise, has published his second book. "Life Matters" is a compilation of Whitlock's weekly newspaper columns. One of Whitlock's columns, "There's a Cat in the House," was a finalist in the 81st Annual Writer's Digest Writing Competition.

    Whitlock will be having a book signing from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 11, at the Marion County Public Library.

  • E-911 gets one step closer to becoming reality

    The Marion County Fiscal Court on Oct. 4 voted 3-0 to approve the by-laws for the Lebanon/Marion County E-911 Advisory Committee. Magistrates John Arthur Elder III and Larry Caldwell were not present for that vote, although Elder did arrive later in the meeting.

    The by-laws specify that the committee will make recommendations to the fiscal court about the E-911 expenditures.

  • Veterans driver's license now available

    Kentucky veterans have the option of having their driver's license imprinted with a "Veteran" designation, however, the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has reported that there has been some confusion about the veterans license.

    Veterans who wish to have the veteran designation on their license must present form DD214 when renewing their license at their local circuit clerk's office. DD214 is the Department of Defense form that verifies military service.

  • State rep candidates address Friday Forum

    Incumbent State Rep. Terry Mills and challenger Bill Pickerill both addressed the community Oct. 5 at the David R. Hourigan Building. While both are familiar faces in the county, their talks gave them an opportunity to introduce their campaigns.

    The two candidates flipped a coin, and as a result Pickerill spoke first during the First Friday Forum luncheon, hosted by the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

    Pickerill would like to see some changes made in Frankfort.

  • Kentucky voters will consider 'right to hunt' amendment

    On Nov. 6, Kentuckians will have the opportunity to vote on amending the state constitution to explicitly include the right to hunt.

    The General Assembly approved legislation during the 2011 regular session to put the amendment on the ballot this year. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources worked on the bill along with the League of Kentucky Sportsman and the National Rifle Association.

  • R.L. Schrieber working on expansion

    Greg Ransdell, CEO of R.L. Schreiber, visited the Marion County Industrial Foundation Board on Oct. 2 and provided an update on the company's plans.

    "The company is going through an enormous change," Ransdell said.

    R.L. Schreiber opened its Lebanon plant in May of 2011 with plans to hire 83 employees. To date, Ransdell said the Lebanon plant employs more than 60 people, and he anticipates it will have more than 83 employees after a new high-efficiency, production line is installed.

  • Smith pleads to wanton endangerment

    A Lebanon man who was facing an attempted murder charge has pled guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment.

    James C. Smith, 51, of 3450 Hwy. 208 was arrested Dec. 10, 2011. According to the arrest report, Catherine "Kitty" Smith, his ex-wife, wrestled the gun away from him before fleeing their home and going to her daughter's house.

  • Special educator ends 31-year career on high note

    It takes courage to follow one's heart, and that's exactly what Debbie Spalding did 31 years ago when she accepted her first job as a special education teacher.

    This month, Spalding will retire from the only career she has ever known.

    But, initially, it wasn't her first career choice.

    She had planned on becoming a nurse. She even went to nursing school, but experiencing the death of several of her patients was too much for her.

  • Susie's Bottoms Up 'likely' to have discriminated against blacks

    The Kentucky Commission on Human Rights has concluded that there is "probable cause to believe unlawful discrimination" occurred at a Raywick bar earlier this year. The complaints stem from accusations that Susie's Bottoms Up Bar and Grill and its owner, Susan Riggle, denied entrance to African-Americans.