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Today's News

  • Holiday closings for county offices

    Marion County offices will be closed Saturday, July 2, and Monday, July 4, for Independence Day.

    The Marion County Clerk's Office, County Judge's Office, PVA's Office, and Sheriff's Office will reopen Tuesday, July 5. Sheriff's deputies will respond to calls for service, but from July 2-4, citizens should call the Lebanon Police Dispatch at (270) 692-2121.

    The Marion Circuit Clerk's Office will also be closed July 2-4. It will reopen at 8:30 a.m. July 5.

  • Become a volunteer for the chamber

    By Stacy Mattingly

    Chamber of Commerce Executive-Director

  • Kentucky Proud

    Christine Mattingly is taking a much-needed vacation.

    After spending two weeks in Mobile, Ala., preparing for and competing in the Distinguished Young Women National Finals, she's relaxing on the beach. However, many Marion Countians are still abuzz about her recent performance on the national stage.

    According to Bernadette O'Daniel and Mary Anne Blair, both members of the Marion County Junior Miss Committee, Mattingly exceeded everyone's expectations.

  • Ride for a Cure

    The 9th Annual Drury Brothers Relay for Life Poker Run was held Saturday, June 25, at Willie A's in Lebanon. There were approximately 200 riders, and early estimates were that the ride could raise nearly $4,000.

  • WWBD? Brady named jailer of the year

    When Carter County Jailer R.W. Boggs thinks about his own jail, he said he'll often ask himself, "What would Barry do?"

    Boggs is in his first term, and after he was elected he sought advice from Marion County Jailer Barry Brady. Based on his visits to the Marion County Detention Center and discussions with Brady, Boggs has made changes at his own facility.

    "He inspires me with what he does," Boggs said. "Marion County would be crazy to ever get rid of that man."

  • Is Kentucky losing the battle against drunken drivers?

    By Sarah Bennett
    The News-Enterprise

    Darrin Jaquiss remembers May 15, 1988, vividly. He heard the impact, but he didn't know what happened. He got up and started walking toward the emergency exit when he saw the flames.
    The next thing he knew, he passed out from smoke inhalation. He woke up to the feeling of air on his skin. There were people cheering because he was alive.

  • Sign Dancing

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Summer intern

    Drivers traveling down Main Street in Lebanon might notice a Little Caesar's sign on the sidewalk.

    But it's not an ordinary sign.

    It's moving fast, darting from one end of the sidewalk to the other.

    The man behind the sign, dancing along the sidewalk, is William Luster, 25, of Lebanon.

  • New immunization requirements take effect July 1

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Summer intern

    Before the kids head back to school, they may need to make a trip to their doctor.

    According to The Associated Press, new immunization requirements for grade school children take effect July 1. Kentucky's Department for Public Health decided to update the regulations after a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

  • Red Cross seeking volunteers

    Marion County residents who are interested in becoming involved with the American Red Cross are invited to a meeting at 1:30 p.m. July 6 at the David R. Hourigan Building. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss opportunities for disaster and emergency training to serve Marion County and the surrounding area.

  • Council votes down tourism budget

    The Lebanon City Council voted down the proposed 2011-12 budget for the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Monday evening. Councilmen Jerry Abell, Jay Grundy, Kenny Marrett and Jim Richardson voted against the budget, while Councilwoman Kate Palagi and Denise Fogle voted to approve it.

    Marrett said the budget included too much marketing and too little event funding.

    "There's $100,000 in marketing and $58,000 in investments. I think those two numbers should be reversed," he said.