Today's News

  • Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival rings in the season Dec. 5-7

    There's no time better to spend a weekend in the true Heart of Kentucky than during the Heart of Kentucky Holiday Festival. Whether it's good food, fun festivals, unusual sights or great shopping for gifts made with tender, loving care, Springfield and Lebanon have it all.

    Enjoy parades, visits with Santa, neat activities, quaint shops and, most of all, hospitality that comes with a visit to these quaint rural communities Friday-Sunday, Dec. 5-7.


    The most recent Marion County Public Schools' district facilities plan identified Calvary and Lebanon elementary schools, Marion County High School and the Marion County Area Technology Center as the four buildings with the greatest need for construction and renovation.

    Of those four, the Marion County Board of Education frequently spoke about Calvary Elementary and the tech center as the two top priorities.

  • Whitehouse honored for his service to agriculture

    Tom Whitehouse changes gears of his truck as it climbs the steep hill on his property. As he does this, he insists that his visitor should see the view before he leaves.

    Once they reach the peak, he points out the Ball farm, where he farmed more than 40 years ago, the Loretto water tower and Scott's Ridge. Whitehouse, 74, knows being a farmer hasn't always been easy, but it's safe to say that he's enjoyed what he's seen on the farm that he and his wife, Theresa, have called home for 33 years.

  • Information on the Lebanon Animal Ordinance

    The City of Lebanon's animal ordinance, which was passed by the Lebanon City Council, will soon be going into effect. Starting Jan. 1, 2009, if you live in the city limits of Lebanon and own animals, you have a new set of laws to abide by. I know that no one likes change, and it will take a while for everyone to get acclimated to the new ordinance. Everyone seems to have an opinion concerning the ordinance, and not everyone is smiling.

  • Saving man's best friend

    The sparkle in Ellie's eyes said it all when she, along with 46 of her furry friends, were loaded onto the PetSmart Charities' Rescue Waggin' at the Marion County Animal Shelter last week.

    The big kiss she gave community service worker Scotty Johnson was also a clear indication of the puppy's excitement. And, in a way, that wet, soppy kiss was a big thank you.

  • Photos make time stand still

    Photos make time stand still.

    They capture moments in life and keep them in that very moment forever.

    Photos are treasures that I hold so dear to me, and apparently many Marion Countians feel the same. Within the past few months, we have been accepting photos for our first ever photo contest and to my amazement and utter glee we had 44 entries. Each photo submitted is unique and special in its own way. Each photo tells a story. And we plan to share those photos with you next week in The Lebanon Enterprise and on our web site.

  • Mistakes, pirates and YouTube, oh my

    Before I do anything else, I want to acknowledge a factual error in last week's column. In 1984, Ronald Reagan won an overwhelming electoral victory, but it wasn't against Michael Dukakis.

    Alert reader James Spragens notified me of the mistake. Reagan actually ran against Walter Mondale.

    I still stand by the premise of the column. I just wanted to acknowledge the error.

    - Speaking of errors, the unfortunate events that have affected Marion County High School for the past two weeks garnered the attention of Louisville and Lexington television stations.

  • Board of Education meets at 7 p.m. Tuesday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Lebanon Middle School.

    According to the agenda, the board will recognize outstanding contributions to Lebanon Middle School, hear a chorus presentation and hear an ITEST presentation. The board will also hear a WLMS News broadcast and learn about academic progress at Lebanon Middle.

    The board will have a roundtable discussion with the Lebanon Middle Site-Based Decision-Making Council. 

  • Tough times ahead

    Got a job?

    If so, feel lucky because, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, the nation's unemployment rate reached a 14-year high of 6.5 percent in October as 240,000 more jobs were cut. So far this year, 1.2 million jobs have disappeared.

    Kentucky's unemployment rate is even higher than the nation's, at 6.7 percent, and Marion County's is the highest it's been in three years at 6.9 percent.

  • Letters to the Editor, Nov. 26

    School, students, law enforcement went above and beyond

    As a parent of a student at Marion County High School, I want to commend the administration of the school and the school system, state and local law enforcement for the way in which they handled the recent tragic situation that was encountered by the school, the students and the community at large.