Local News

  • Fire damages N. Forest Street home

    The Lebanon Fire Department responded to a house fire at 215 N. Forest Street in Lebanon Thursday morning, Nov. 19.

    No one was injured in the fire, and the damage was mainly in the upstairs attic-area of the house Lebanon Fire Chief Ricky Mattingly said.

    "It's pretty extensive damage, but I'd say it's repairable," he said.

  • Two traffic accidents reported Wednesday

    Local law enforcement officials responded to two accidents yesterday evening.

    Scott Cissell of Raywick was transported to University Hospital in Louisville by LifeNet after a single-vehicle accident on Howardstown Road.

    The Lebanon Police received a report of an accident on Ky. 84 (Howardstown Road) two miles west of Raywick at 9:47 p.m. Nov. 19, according to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Lebanon.

  • Marion County drug dealers conspire to distribute $100,000 of cocaine

    Rodney Godbey, 42, of Highway 289, Benningfield Trailer Park, Lot 8, in Lebanon, and Chester Shipp, Highway 289, Benningfield Trailer Park, Lot 7, in Lebanon, pled guilty on Nov. 18, to conspiracy to distribute cocaine and cocaine base, U.S. Attorney David L. Huber of the Western District of Kentucky announced Thursday. 

    Godbey admitted that between March 2005, and October 2006, he helped Shipp sell cocaine in Marion County. Shipp, who has a prior drug conviction, admitted that during that same time period, he sold both cocaine and cocaine base.

  • Letters to Santa are due Dec. 8

    The Lebanon Enterprise is collecting letters to Santa Claus and will forward them to his workshop at the North Pole in time for Christmas.

    The Enterprise will also publish letters in a Christmas issue and choose some of the best for prizes.

    Until 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 8, children 12 years old or younger can write to Santa at this special Lebanon address - Attn: Santa Claus, The Lebanon Enterprise, 119 S. Proctor Knott Avenue, Lebanon, Ky, 40033 - or e-mail them to copyeditor@lebanonenterprise.com.

  • Youth rally at Centre Square Tuesday evening

    An inter-denominational area-wide youth rally, Alive Again, has been scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 18, at Centre Square.

  • Marion County has 65 percent voter turnout

    Statewide, 62.8 percent of eligible voters participated in the 2008 Presidential election. Marion County's turnout, 65 percent, was higher than the statewide turnout and two percent higher than the county's turnout in the 2004 Presidential election.

    In all, 7,943 Marion Countians cast a ballot in the 2008 General Election. That figure includes 527 absentee votes.

    In all three national races on the ballot, Marion County favored the losing candidates.

  • Voters: No to 'nickel'

    Marion County voters waited more than a year to have their say on whether the "recallable nickel" would be added to the tax rate for Marion County Public Schools.

    And last Tuesday, the voters' answer was a resounding no. Nearly six out of every 10 voters cast ballots against the "recallable nickel".

    In 16 of the 17 county precincts, a majority of voters opposed the nickel. The courthouse precinct is the only precinct where a majority of voters supported the "nickel."

  • School grieves, on alert

    More than 20 state, city and county law enforcement officers were stationed at Marion County High School Monday after alleged threats had been made against students and staff.

    According to police, after an apparent suicide of a Marion County High School student on Friday afternoon, unsubstantiated reports were received by law enforcement suggesting possible threats being made toward students and staff at the school.

    The student was identified by school officials as sophomore Cody Greenwell.

  • County officials want to help tech center expand

    The recallable nickel was defeated at the polls last week, but Marion County officials want to find another way to make improvements at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Magistrate John Arthur Elder III brought up the tech center during the Nov. 6 fiscal court meeting. He noted that the county brings in around $2 million from occupational taxes.

    "Without that funding, this county would be in dire need," Elder said.

  • Historical society looking to move into Centre Square

    The Lebanon City Council reaffirmed a commitment to the Marion County Historical Society Monday evening, voting unanimously that the historical society can use the third floor of the Centre Square Arts and Culture Center (the former Lebanon High School building).

    At the same time, the council was clear that it was not making any financial commitment at this time.