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Local News

  • Magistrates concerned about ‘hefty’ water rate increase

    Marion County water customers could soon be paying more for their water each month, which wasn’t welcomed news at the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting last week.
    The Lebanon City Council recently approved a rate increase for Lebanon Water Works Company, and the Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer. The Marion County Water District is a distribution-only system, and has a 40-year contract with Lebanon Water Works.

  • MCPS Jumpstart Day is Aug. 1

    Marion County students set to attend the new Marion County Middle School for sixth and seventh graders and the Marion County Knight Academy eighth and ninth can get a feel for the new school year by attending Jump Start Day on Aug. 1.  Both schools will host students from 8 a.m. until noon with an opportunity to experience a modified school day.  

  • Lebanon man indicted in Washington County after police chase

    A Lebanon man faces multiple charges after an incident in Washington County earlier this year.
    Mark A. Mattingly, 38, of Eastridge Cemetery Road in Lebanon, is charged with five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment involving a police officer (Class D felony), and one count each of first-degree fleeing/evading (Class D felony), first-degree criminal mischief (Class D felony), resisting arrest (Class A misdemeanor), operating on a suspended/revoked operator’s license (Class B misdemeanor) and being a first-degree persistent felony offender.

  • Persons of interest ID’d in hit and run death

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office have interviewed two people of interest in the hit and run death of Landon T. Wheatley, 19, of Springfield.
    Wheatley was found dead, lying in the roadway near the entrance to Maker’s Mark Distillery early Sunday morning, July 16. At 2:42 a.m., the Marion County Sheriff’s Office received the report of a body laying in the roadway on Bill Samuels Road in Loretto. Sheriff’s deputies arrived and found the deceased body of Wheatley laying in the westbound lane of Bill Samuels Road.

  • Library finalizes plans to move to temporary location

    By Amy Morgeson
    Marion County Library Director

    The recent news that Marion County Public Library has been awarded a generous state grant of $2.9 million to renovate and expand the existing 201 East Main Street location is full of happy excitement, but will also bring with it some changes to accommodate for the construction project. Library services will need to be moved out of the building and into a temporary operation site as the work begins.

  • Gravel Switch woman reported missing

    The family of Karen M. Cooley, 44, of Gravel Switch has reported her missing, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.

  • Loretto man still missing

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office continues to investigate the report of a missing Loretto man.
    Gary T. Tacey, 53, was reported missing on June 23 by his girlfriend. Tacey was last seen on June 19 at his home at 60 Paul Brady Road near Loretto.
    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements said local law enforcement, along with search and rescue personnel and two teams of canine cadaver dogs, recently completed a two-day search of a 140-acre farm property in Loretto, but there were no results from that search.

  • Teens could face death penalty

    By Forrest Berkshire
    Landmark News Service

    Four people who stand accused of killing a Bardstown teenager during a May robbery could face the death penalty.
    Prosecutors certified the murder and robbery charges as capital offenses that carry the potential for severe sentences, including imprisonment for 20-50 years, life, life without parole for 25 years, imprisonment for life without parole, or the death penalty.

  • Kentucky Classic Arts presents Disney’s Beauty and the Beast Jr.

    Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, performed by local students, will enchant the Angelic Hall stage at Kentucky Classic Arts at Centre Square in Lebanon this weekend and next, July 21-22 and July 27-29. All show times are 7 p.m. eastern, and tickets range from $6-$11. Tickets may be purchased online at www.kyclassicarts.com, or by emailing director@kentuckyclassicarts.com for group rates and questions.  

  • CES hires new principal

    The Calvary Elementary School Site Based Decision Making Council unanimously hired Paul D. Terrell to become the school’s new principal Monday.
    Terrell has served as an English language arts teacher at the former Lebanon Middle School since 2012. He has also served in various other extracurricular roles at Lebanon Middle School.
    See more about Terrell in a future edition of The Lebanon Enterprise.