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Today's News

  • Board of Education meets at 6 p.m. tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 25, and the administration building, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for the special-called meeting includes the following items:

    - School Technology Leadership Program state award winners

    - Superintendent's report

    - Consider approval of the tentative 2010-11 budget

    - Consider approval of job descriptions

    - Approve minutes of  previous meeting

  • Marion County approved for individual assistance after flooding

    President Barack Obama declared a major disaster in Kentucky May 11 in the aftermath of flooding, mudslides and tornadoes that occurred throughout the state May 1-2. With that initial declaration, federal funding to individuals was approved for eight counties: Casey, Lewis, Lincoln, Logan, Metcalfe, Rockcastle, Rowan, and Woodford counties.

    Monday, May 17, nine more counties were approved for individual assistance. Marion, Adair, Bath, Boyd, Carter, Franklin, Greenup, Madison and Mercer counties are the latest counties approved.

  • Officer suspended pending theft case

    An April 19 incident involving a Lebanon Police officer at Higdon's Foodtown IGA is under investigation.

    A uniform citation by a Kentucky State Trooper reads that Jeffrey Waters, 45, of 182 Hamilton Heights allegedly put four no-bake cookies into a bag and only paid for two cookies. A May 5 summons reads that Waters is accused of two counts of theft by deception. The summons accused Waters of obtaining merchandise from Higdon's IGA by "creating a false impression the packaging of other items purchased also included the merchandise unlawfully taken."

  • Knights ready for region

    Three matches against tough opponents have the Marion County High School tennis team ready for region play.

    Marion County 5, Mercer County 0

    The Knights were successful in their last home match of the season on Thursday, handling the Titans with ease.

    In singles play, Austin Spalding defeated Cole Keller 6-0, 6-0. Jordan Culver defeated Durham Baxter 6-1, 6-0. Alex Spalding defeated Alex Logue 6-0, 6-0. In singles exhibition play, Michael Spalding lost to Andrew Yeager 2-8.

  • Clements is voted sheriff

    Jimmy Clements defeated Carroll Kirkland for the Marion County sheriff's seat by 1,030 votes in the May 18 primary. Clements received 3,173 votes to Kirkland's 2,143 votes.

    Clements won 59.69 percent of the vote after a very heated campaign with incumbent Carroll Kirkland, who has been the sheriff since 1996. The sheriff's race wasn't the only intense contest on the ballot, however.

  • Coleman not guilty of felony murder

    A Davidson County, Tenn., jury Thursday declared Washington County native Vanessa Coleman not guilty in one death, and a facilitator in another that resulted from a series of crimes involving a Knox County, Tenn., couple.

    Coleman, a 2006 Washington County High School graduate, was arrested Jan. 31, 2007, and faced numerous charges in relation to the deaths of Channon Christian, 21, and Chris Newsom, 23, in Knoxville.

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 20. The agenda for today's meeting is as follows:

    - Consider/Approval of Minutes of Previous Meeting

    - Consider/Approval of MOA Amendments with Ky. Heritage Land Conservation Fund/WCA

    - Consider/Approval of AOC Reimbursement/Allowance agreement for Use of Court Facilities

    - Consider/Approval of Agriculture District Request

    - Consider/Approval of Road Salt "Reverse Auction" Bid Submission

  • Giving credit where credit is due

    Last week, after the flood waters receded and the clean-up effort began, Emergency Management Director Kenny Blair paid us a visit here at the Enterprise.

  • Former superintendent has died

    Robert "Happy" Osborne, a former superintendent of Marion County Public Schools, died May 4.

    He was 72 years old.

    Osborne worked in public education for 35 years, including 12 years as the Marion County superintendent.

    "He was very proud to be called Happy," said Ernest Taylor, who held a variety of positions in Marion County Schools under Osborne.

    Taylor described Osborne as a unique individual who had a lot of great ideas for the district, although sometimes those ideas and how he implemented them caused some issues with others.

  • Lady Knights pound Bethlehem

    The Marion County High School softball team saw limited action last week due to weather but used their energy to wail on Bethlehem High School on Thursday at Bethlehem.

    Six runs in the fourth inning would put the Lady Knights up 12-0 and set up a five-inning blow out against the Banshees at Bethlehem.