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Today's News

  • The heart of the matter

    Picture this: You’re at the grocery store in the cereal aisle when a woman next to you suddenly drops to the floor. Her heart isn’t beating. She isn’t breathing.
    Would you know what to do?

  • New high school vandalized overnight

    Brandon Mattingly
    The Springfield Sun

    Vandalism at the new Washington County High School facility early Friday morning has prompted an investigation by school officials, as well as the Springfield Police Department.

  • Freefalling

    Flying 9,500 feet above Washington County, a Cessna 182, a single engine plane, roars at around 75 mph. With four others, you sit on the floor crammed in like sweaty human sardines. The only person who has a chair is the pilot.
    Suddenly, the door opens letting the wind blast in and the temperature drops to goose bump levels.
    Hooked up to an instructor you met only hours ago, you put one leg out, and then the other. With adrenaline racing, he rocks you back-and-forth. This is really happening, there’s no turning back, and you have no control.

  • School board to consider raising tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education will be setting its property tax rates for 2014 later this month.
    Last year, the school board set its tax rate at 53.8 cents per $100 of real and personal property.
    The board has scheduled a public hearing to consider increasing that rate to 55.7 cents per $100 of real and personal property for this year. That hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the board office.
    Lisa Caldwell, chief financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, presented a report on tax rate options during the board's Aug. 12 meeting.

  • City workers replacing grates in effort to combat flooding

    Late last month, city employees removed debris from a collapsed section of the storm sewer line at the intersection of Main Street and South Spalding Avenue as part of the effort to reduce flooding in downtown Lebanon.
    In spite of their efforts, some downtown businesses still experienced flooding as a result of an Aug. 11 rainstorm.
    City Administrator John O. Thomas said Lebanon received 2.4 inches of rain in 22 minutes during that storm. That's a rate of more than 6.5 inches per hour.

  • Six running for U.S. Senate seat

    Barring a slew of write-in candidates, Marion County voters will only be casting ballots in a handful of contested races this fall.
    Election day is Nov. 4. Marion County voters will be selecting two members of the Marion County Board of Education and three members of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. They also have the opportunity to vote for State Representative, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator.
    The Senate race now includes three candidates on the ballot and three write-in candidates.

  • Vacant district school board seat will be filled by election

    Michael Mullins stepped down from the Marion County Board of Education on May 21. Mullins was the District 2 board member.
    According to Chapter 160.190 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the vacancy should be filled within 90 days after the vacancy occurs. Officially, the Kentucky Department of Education considered the seat vacant as of May 30.
    When a vacancy occurs, the local school district advertises the opening. The Marion County Board of Education advertised the vacant District 2 seat in the June 18 and June 25 editions of the Enterprise.

  • Local officials want to clean up graffiti at lookout

    Marion County hired a company to clean up Scott’s Ridge in 2006, and they did a ton of work.
    Actually, it was close to two tons.
    “We took three and a half million pounds of waste out of there when we cleaned it up,” said Keith Brock, the Marion County solid waste coordinator.
    To prevent future dumping, the fiscal court approved constructing a fenced-in lookout, and it has successfully prevented people from dumping more trash over the edge.
    But another problem has developed — graffiti.

  • Marion County Country Ham Days is Sept. 27-28

    Once again this year, the Marion County Chamber of Commerce will be getting together with its buddies and cookin’ up a few pounds of ham for the Marion County Country Ham Days celebration.
    This year, we celebrate Sept. 27-28.

  • 2015 Turtleman Trek 5K plans have started

    The Marion County Baseball Boosters held the first Turtleman Trek 5K this past spring, and they are planning the second race for March 14, 2015.
    Race coordinator Sam Bach visited the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission during its special-called Aug. 13 meeting to request funding to assist with next year's race.
    "We'll do the same route. We'll handle that the exact same way," Bach said.