Today's News

  • Pride, prayers and support

    By John G. Mattingly
    Marion County Judge/Executive

    There is no way to make it right, you can't explain it, a senseless act of violence will change a community like no other event. The tragic death of Deputy Carl Anthony Rakes last week shocked the Marion County community to its very core. It is a shame that it takes a real tragedy to bring a community together. Marion County showed how much they can and do care about their fellow citizens, and especially those who seek to protect them on a daily basis.

  • Dickens Christmas is Friday

    The annual Dickens Christmas celebration returns to downtown Lebanon on Friday, Nov. 23. The Lebanon Main Street and Marion County Chamber of Commerce are once again hosting the celebration.

    The event will kick off at 5:30 p.m. Friday with the lighting of the community Christmas tree.

    The Dickens Christmas parade will take place at 7 p.m. with Santa Claus as the grand marshal. After the parade, Santa will be available at Joe's Deli on Main for pictures.

  • Loretto Christmas Parade

    There will be a Christmas Parade on Friday, Nov. 30, in Loretto. A tree lighting will take place at the post office parking lot at 5:45 p.m., and the parade will begin at 6:30 p.m. The parade will start at Loretto City Hall and end at the car wash. Following the parade will be refreshments and photos with Santa at Loretto City Hall.

  • A time to be thankful

    This week, as we turn our focus to family, food and - for some - football, now is the ideal time to pause for a moment to recall all for which we are thankful.
    At the state level, the good news is that some silver linings have begun to shine through after several especially tough years.
    The 12 months between Sept. 2011 and 2012, for example, saw Kentucky add 47,000 jobs - our highest year-to-year total since 2000. Only South Dakota had a larger percentage increase during the same 12-month period.

  • New melodrama opens this weekend

    Kentucky Classic Theatre is back with another new, old-fashioned melodrama for the holiday season. Performances of "The Desperate Director," written by G.B. Dixon and Dave Chappelle, will coincide with this weekend's Dickens Christmas and the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival the following week.

    "The Desperate Director" will be performed Nov. 23, 24 and 30 and Dec. 1 in Angelic Hall in the Centre Square Fine Arts Building. All performances are scheduled to begin at 8 p.m.

  • Enterprise to deliver letters to Santa

    The Lebanon Enterprise continues to partner with the jolliest man in the land, Santa Claus, and deliver local letters to him at the North Pole before Christmas.

    This year, the Enterprise will also continue the tradition of publishing letters written by local children, only with a twist.

  • Rakes is the fourth local officer killed in the line of duty

    Since 2009, three active duty law enforcement officials have died in Marion County.

    Lebanon Police Officer David Ford was murdered by his estranged wife at his home in Campbellsville on Feb. 10, 2009.

    Lebanon Police Chief Joe Bell died while undergoing surgery June 6, 2011.

    And, on Wednesday of last week, Marion County Sheriff's Deputy Anthony Rakes was shot and killed.

  • Shigella spreading sickness in Marion County

    Shigellosis has become a common word in Marion Countians' vocabulary lately with an outbreak of cases, especially in local school children.

    The highly contagious infection started to show its ugly face in Marion County in July, but since school has started approximately 84 cases have been confirmed, according to Wendy Keown, director of school health services for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department.

  • Preseason Girls Basketball Coaches' Top 25

    Girls High School Basketball Preview

    Coaches' Top 25 Poll

    (First Place Votes in parentheses)


    1. Marion County (64)

    2. DuPont Manual (12)

    3. Paul Dunbar

    4. Owensboro Catholic

    5. Assumption (1)

    6. Mercy

    7. Butler

    8. Madison Central

    9. Elizabethtown

    10. Lincoln County

    11. Sacred Heart

    12. Perry Co. Central

    13. Ballard

    14. Montgomery Co.

    15. Anderson County

    16. Notre Dame

  • Campbellsville gas station heavily damaged by fire

    By Calen McKinney
    Landmark News Service

    TMart on East Broadway was heavily damaged by fire on Saturday at about 3 p.m., after witnesses at the scene say a car crashed into the back of the building and struck a gas line.
    No one was inside and no injuries have been reported.
    Robie Singh, who owns the store, said an employee working stepped out the building's back door to smoke and heard a car hit the building.