Today's News

  • Locals raise stink over smell in Lebanon

    On the first night of summer, Jeremy Bowman of Lebanon wanted to go outside with his daughter and tend to their garden, but he said he couldn’t because the smell was so bad. He described it as sulfuric and that it was so potent it burned his eyes.
    “It smells like sewage or gas,” he said. “It’s just disgusting.”

  • Kentucky ponders use of private prisons

    By Morgan Watkins
    The Courier-Journal

    As Kentucky’s prison population rises and county jails become overcrowded, the state may reopen a pair of private prisons to temporarily take in more than 1,600 inmates.
    The state stopped housing inmates in private prisons in 2013, but there has been unexpected growth in the number of state prisoners over the last seven months, Justice and Public Safety Cabinet Secretary John Tilley said. State prisons are at capacity, and county jails are housing a record number of state inmates.

  • Fourth of July closings

    Several local offices will be closed for the upcoming Fourth of July holiday. The Marion County Clerk Office will be closed Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4, due to the state AVIS system shutdown and in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The Marion County Clerk Office is regularly open six days a week at 8:20 a.m., closing at 4:20 p.m. Monday through Friday and at 11:50 a.m. on Saturdays.
    The Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Office, Marion County PVA Office and the Marion County Judge/Executive’s Office will be closed Monday, July 4.

  • A true patriot

    By McKenna Dosier
    Summer Intern

    William "Buster" Mattingly passed away at 90 years old on June 14, after a life of service to his country and his family.
    In 1944, just a few years after President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order requiring the armed forces to allow anyone to serve, regardless of race, Mattingly joined the Marine Corps and was sent to North Carolina,.

  • Marion County No. 1 in GED achievement

    A few years ago, if you would have asked John Sparrow, the director of adult education, where Marion County ranked in GED attainment for Kentucky he wouldn’t have been able to tell you.
    “We didn’t have these sort of rankings back in the day,” Sparrow said.
    Once the state started providing the rankings by county, Sparrow said he was pleasantly surprised.
    For the month of June, Marion County ranked No. 1 for GED attainment, No. 2 for the National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) attainment, and No. 3 overall.

  • Local students find success in New Orleans

    Marion County was well-represented during the 20th Annual National Junior Beta Club Convention recently.
    Lebanon Middle School's Zachary Brady, the Kentucky State Junior Beta Secretary, was elected the 2016-17 National Junior Beta Secretary.
    Lebanon Middle School students Gabe Nelson, Nick Martin and Abigail Adams placed fourth in the national special talent contest.
    Lebanon Middle School students also qualified in many competitions with many talented entries. Belle Elder qualified in scrapbook and Grant Brown qualified in technology.

  • Interim principal hired for MCHS

    Marion County High School will be led by Interim Principal Tom Brown during the 2016-17 school year.
    The MCHS Principal Selection Committee selected Brown to serve as the interim principal and Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser made the announcement Thursday evening.
    “Mr. Brown is a 27-year retired teacher and administrator with various experiences as a teacher, coach and principal,” Schlosser wrote in an email to the Enterprise.

  • Kentucky Career Center opens at new location

    More than 60 guests from around the community celebrated workforce development and the new location of the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail on Wednesday, June 22. Local and state leaders spoke about how important the career center is to the community.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty was the first to speak at the event and said people don’t always take advantage of the career center’s benefits.

  • Marion County Fair underway

    The 2016 Marion County Fair is in full swing, and there are many events throughout the week and weekend.
    Harness racing continues tonight at 6 p.m. After harness racing on Wednesday, there will be a Big Momma’s Comedy Show in front of the grandstand.
    The Bear Hollow Wood Carvers will be doing another show tonight at 6 p.m.
    Marion County’s Got Talent, a showcase of some of the very talented people from this community, will take place at 6 p.m., Friday, July 1. At 7 p.m., there will be an auction of the Bear Hollow Wood carvings.

  • Rigdon appeal before Supreme Court

    Lawyers for a Marion County man convicted in the September 2012 slaying of Gleason Pyles in Dunnville are asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to reverse the murder conviction and order a new trial.
    William Robert “Bobby” Rigdon was sentenced in September 2015 to 38 years in prison for shooting Pyles three times at the Tarter pallet mill in Dunnville, where Pyles was employed.
    The prosecution contends Pyles’ murder was over a debt on a motorcycle and the way Pyles left the Iron Horsemen motorcycle club.