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  • Blue Christmas service on Dec. 20
  • Upcoming holiday closings and garbage collection schedule

    There will be no garbage collection on Dec. 24-25. The normal Thursday route will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 23. The Friday route will be picked up on Monday, Dec. 28. It will be a “double up” day, and the county is asking residents to put their garbage out a little earlier than normal on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 28.
    All city and county offices, including the Marion County Clerk’s Office and the Property Valuation Administrator’s Office, will be closed Dec. 24-25. Most offices will be closed until Monday, Dec. 28.

  • Calvary Christmas Carols

    Calvary Elementary School students perform for the Marion County Board of Education at the board’s regular monthly meeting Thursday.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held a special-called meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9. All magistrates were present except for Steve Masterson. The following was accomplished:
    • The court received and approved the 2016 Marion County Sheriff’s Office budget and the maximum allowance for the upcoming year for deputies and assistants salaries. The maximum amount of salaries for deputies and assistants for the 2016 calendar year is $475,013.76. Magistrates also approved a payroll advance to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $23,960.

  • Lebanon police search for driver in hit and run

    Lebanon Police continue to search for the driver who was involved in a hit and run accident that critically injured a Lebanon woman on the morning of Dec. 5.
    At 10:53 a.m. Dec. 5, Lebanon Police responded to a vehicle versus pedestrian accident that occurred at the intersection of Main Street and Walnut Street.
    Carolyn Faye Westmoreland, 70, of 355 Edmonds Avenue in Lebanon was struck while crossing in the crosswalk. The vehicle that hit her, described as a white Dodge Dakota pickup, fled the scene and continued northbound on Walnut Street.

  • Lebanon man indicted for rape, sex abuse

    Ray W. Moffitt, 41, of 521 St. Rose Road in Lebanon was charged with four counts of first-degree rape, first-degree sexual abuse and first-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court on Dec. 7.

  • LES celebrates Christmas

    Lebanon Elementary School students perform a variety of Christmas songs during a special Christmas program last week.
     

  • The REAL Santa

    Believe it or not, Marion County is said to be the home of the “real” Santa Claus.
    Multiple sources have confirmed that during one of Santa’s “visits” here more than 10 years ago he loved the community so much that he decided to buy a farm and move here. (Of course he bought a farm - for all of his reindeer.)
    This year, the Enterprise was lucky enough to land an exclusive interview with the big guy. Enterprise staff even got to check out his Santa suit collection, which includes a UK blue suit. (Sorry, U of L fans.)

  • Board member: Random drug testing for MCPS staff is a ‘non-issue’

    The Marion County Public School System has had a random drug testing program in place for its students for approximately four years now, and in recent years some community members and school board members have questioned the need for a random drug testing policy for MCPS staff. A committee was even formed to discuss the issue. But, according to Board Member Kaelin Reed, he sees this as “non-issue.”

  • WMES students perform Yes, Virginia The Musical

    A cast of students at West Marion Elementary School performed Yes, Virginia The Musical Friday afternoon for the entire student body and for their family and friends Friday evening.
    To celebrate Macy’s five-year anniversary of “Believe,” Macy’s turned the classic animated special “Yes, Virginia” into a brand new musical available to schools nationwide, royalty-free. In addition to the royalty-free play, Macy’s awarded 100 eligible schools, including WMES, a $1,000 production grant to help offset costs of staging the play.