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Local News

  • Holiday closings

    All county offices, including Marion Circuit Clerk, Marion County Clerk, the judge/executive office, and PVA office will be closed Friday, Dec. 30 to Monday, Jan. 2 for the New Year’s holiday. The Lebanon Enterprise will be closed Monday, Jan. 2. 

  • Aaron Glasscock is coming home

    President Obama pardoned more than 70 people and granted commutation to 153 non-violent drug offenders on Monday, Dec. 19, and Aaron Glasscock of Lebanon is one of them.
    Glasscock, 39, has been serving a 30-year prison sentence since December of 1999 when he was found guilty to conspiracy to possess with intent to distribute and to distribute cocaine in Florida. His father, Terry Glasscock, was convicted on the same charge and was sentenced to 35 years in prison.
    However, Glasscock has always maintained his innocence.

  • Maker’s Mark makes history

    Maker’s Mark Distillery made history on Thursday when it opened a new cellar to house Maker’s 46 on its campus in Loretto. The cellar was built to meet the demand of the 46 brand that, according to Chief Operations Officer Rob Samuels, has increased significantly over the years.

  • Leading the way in innovation

    The room was quiet and students waited in the hallway until their names were called for them to give their presentations. This was the capstone presentation, the one project each of them had poured themselves into for weeks on end.
    On Thursday, students from Project Lead The Way (PLTW) presented new technologies and innovations to members of the community and faculty of the Marion County Area Technology Center and Marion County Public Schools.

  • New focus, new mission

    Preston Price sat at a small café in Malawi with his friend and interpreter, Nchachi Mhoney. Across from them was the chief of the village, there to talk to the men about a property transaction.
    The café was one of the nicest buildings Price had seen in the area considering Malawi was so poor. There was no beef for sale at the restaurant because it was too hard to come by. There was no cheese because it was far too expensive. When the two of them ordered a soft drink, the waitress had to take their money and go to the market to fetch it.

  • City & county government briefs

    The Lebanon City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. During the meeting, the council:

  • Ruley’s Santa Claus Land continues bringing joy during holiday season

    The crackling fire cast a welcoming glow as it wafted smoke into the air, signaling that Ruley’s Santa Claus Land was ready for visitors. Logs surrounded the fire, a place where old friends and newcomers alike could sit and talk with warmth to blanket them in the cold winter. But there is nothing cold about the Ruley Farm, especially around Christmas time.
    This year, hearts are particularly warm, yet saddened at the loss of a man who made Ruley’s Santa Claus Land what it is today.

  • Shipp’s request to withdraw guilty plea denied

    Dewayne Shipp’s request to withdraw his guilty plea to the shooting and murder of Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes was denied by Marion Circuit Court Judge Samuel Todd Spalding on Thursday, Dec. 8.
    Judge Spalding also denied Shipp’s request for an evidentiary hearing.
    However, Judge Spalding did grant Shipp’s motion for appointment of new counsel.

  • Investigation leads to firing 2 jail employees

    The Marion County Detention Center is currently conducting an investigation, which has led to the termination of two of its staff members. These terminations were due to a breach in security policies, which resulted in prohibited contact between male and female inmates, according to a press release from Jailer Barry Brady.

  • Uphill battle

    It’s getting dark outside. Suddenly, your chest hurts like never before. You know it’s a heart attack, so you quickly reach for your phone only to realize you have no signal. You’re miles from civilization and your truck is on the other side of the field.
    That’s what happened to Ted Kozak on Nov. 18.
    The heart attack came without warning. Kozak had been hunting since six in the morning and it was five o’clock in the evening when it started.