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  • Who spent the most to lobby Frankfort?

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Tobacco lobby money in Frankfort poured in this year as statewide smoking ban legislation stagnated.
    No company spent more to lobby Kentucky state legislators this year than tobacco giant Altria, the parent company of Philip Morris Co., spending $156,200 during the General Assembly session that lasted from January to April.
    Some would say it's no coincidence that for the fourth straight year, a statewide smoking ban failed to pass.

  • Kentuckians on both sides of debate over federal nutrition guidelines for school lunches

    By John Moritz
    Lexington Herald-Leader Washington Bureau

    WASHINGTON — Debate in Washington over a controversial school lunch waiver has spread into the Bluegrass State. Proponents say the innocuous proposal helps rural schools, while critics argue that it threatens years of work combating one of the nation's largest childhood obesity rates.

  • United Way Day of Action is June 29

    The Tri-County Kentucky United Way will be held from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday, June 29, at the Old Bardstown Village at the corner of East Broadway and Old Bloomfield Pike in Bardstown.
    There will be food, fun and games for the entire family and a rubber duck race. The winner of the rubber duck race will win $250, second place will win $100 and third place will win $50. Rubber ducks will cost $1 each. All proceeds will benefit the United Way.
    A cornhole tournament is also planned, as well as other games.

  • American Red Cross annual meeting is June 23
  • Parents suing teacher, MCPS for alleged abuse of special needs children

    A group of local parents are suing the Marion County Public School System, Superintendent Taylora Schlosser, current and former MCPS administrators and a teacher for alleged abuse of their special needs children.
    The lawsuit was filed in Marion Circuit Court Thursday, June 12, on behalf of Paul and Virginia Boone of Lebanon, Elizabeth J. Johnson of St. Francis and Stacey Hall of Lebanon, all parents of special needs children who attend or have attended Marion County High School.

  • Doug Mattingly files as write-in candidate for judge/executive race

    Doug Mattingly lost the Marion County Judge/Executive race to David Daugherty in the May primary election by a large margin, but he’s not giving up just yet.

    Tuesday, June 10, he filed to run as a write-in candidate for the judge/executive’s race in November.

    In the Primary Election on May 20, Mattingly received 782 votes to Daugherty’s 2,452 votes. Mattingly lost in every precinct.

    Read more in the upcoming edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.

  • Local attorney to run for school board

    Kaelin Reed, a local attorney in Lebanon, has announced his candidacy to run for school board.
    Thursday, June 12, he filed to run for the District 2 seat, which was vacated by Michael Mullins on May 21.

  • Parents plead for positive change

    Emotions were running high at Loretto City Hall Monday evening as concerned and curious community members gathered to discuss issues they are having with the Marion County Public School System, specifically with its leadership.
    Marion County School Board Member Mike Cecil organized the forum, but said the crowd was larger than he had expected (there were approximately 50 to 75 people there). With so many people in attendance, Cecil said he and Board Chairman DeLane Pinkston, who was also in attendance, would be doing a lot of listening.

  • New Maker’s Mark commemorative bottle now available

    To celebrate the Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Centennial Celebration, Maker’s Mark released a commemorative bottle with the eight living Kentucky governors. Each label was scheduled to be hand-signed by each governor, and the bottles debuted at the centennial gala on June 7.
    All proceeds from these commemorative bottles will go toward efforts to preserve the governor’s mansion as a historical landmark, according to Kentucky Governor’s Mansion Executive Director Ann Evans.

  • Relay for Life is Friday

    Marion County’s Relay for Life event will be held this Friday and Saturday, June 13-14, at Lebanon Middle School. Survivor registration begins at 6 p.m. The survivor ceremony begins at 7 p.m. The live auction begins at 9 p.m. The luminary ceremony will be held at 10 p.m.
    The American Red Cross will have its blood mobile at Relay for Life from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday.
    Activities are planned throughout the night.