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Today's News

  • Maker's Mark sued over 'handmade' claim on label of its bourbon

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Maker's Mark has been accused of lying about hand-crafting its premium bourbon by two California residents.
    The Kentucky bourbon maker is the latest high-profile spirit to face legal claims over labeling.
    A potential class-action lawsuit, filed in U.S. District Court in San Diego, alleges that Maker's Mark's advertising and business practices are false and misleading under California law. The plaintiffs are seeking damages of more than $5 million.

  • Sheriff's office continues to investigate armed robbery at liquor store

    The Marion County Sheriff's Office is investigating an armed robbery that was reported at 9:15 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10, at Simms 208 Liquors in Lebanon.
    The robber, who is approximately six feet tall, was covered as much as possible and wore a mask during the robbery, according to Deputy Ray Gardner.
    The Kentucky State Police and the Taylor County Sheriff's Office assisted with the investigation overnight, according to Gardner.

  • Fiscal court approves funding for local athlete, Christmas program

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved two funding requests during its Dec. 4 meeting.
    The court unanimously approved a total of $1,300 for Marion County High School volleyball player Shelby Goode. Goode is raising money to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments next summer in Australia.
    Goode told the court that she needs to raise around $6,000, and she has raised about half of that money already.

  • MCHS senior covering sports for Enterprise

    A new face has appeared on the Enterprise’s sports pages recently. Casey Sowers, a senior at Marion County High School, has started covering sports for the Enterprise. Former sports correspondent Nick Schrager recently accepted a reporter’s position at The Springfield Sun.

  • Uncommon lawyer

    Joe Mattingly’s first day as the county attorney was one he’ll never forget.
    The Department of Corrections called to let him know that the state was going to close the Marion County Jail later that week.
    "The same afternoon, I get a call from a lawyer in Frankfort. They had sued the county and the county had not responded,” Mattingly said.
    The judge had scheduled a hearing just a few days later, and the caller wanted to know if Mattingly would be there to represent the county.

  • Former Raywick fire chief pleads guilty to abuse of public trust

    Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm pled guilty to abuse of public trust on Nov. 20 in Marion Circuit Court. He is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 18.
    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick was indicted in November of 2012. He was originally charged with abuse of public trust between $10,000 and $100,000 and theft by unlawful taking of $10,000 or more.

  • Educating the educators

    Tammy Parman leaned over to get a closer look at a student’s essay about her grandmother.
    “You don’t have to tell me your next paragraph is going to give me examples,” Parman suggested. “You let me figure that out.”

  • Another pipeline in the works

    By Brandon Mattingly
    Landmark News Service

    On the heels of a victory for local community members fighting to keep the Bluegrass Pipeline from passing through central Kentucky, another project has been proposed that residents fear could bring the same, or even greater, risks.
    A public forum was held Dec. 2 at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s (ECTC) Springfield campus, and several people expressed concerns over the most recent proposal.

  • Olivier named new tourism director

    Nena Olivier is the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.
    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi. Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best candidate for the position.
    He said the commission received 20 applications and five of those applicants were interviewed for the job. He added that he has been impressed with Olivier’s “quiet confidence” about the job.

  • Wreaths Across America event is Saturday

    National nonprofit Wreaths Across America is working hard to ensure no veteran from Marion County is forgotten this holiday season. At noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, which is National Wreaths Across America Day, 254 remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at the Lebanon National Cemetery in Lebanon.