http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Making more than just music http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/making-more-just-music <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/02-15-17_paul_childers_new_album_1.jpg" alt="Lebanon native Paul Childers is on the verge of releasing his second album, Naked Poetry, which has a sexy title but it’s not referring to anything physical. “The nakedness is that I am finally who I am and there’s nothing left to hide behind,” he said. “This is who I truly am.” " title="Lebanon native Paul Childers is on the verge of releasing his second album, Naked Poetry, which has a sexy title but it’s not referring to anything physical. “The nakedness is that I am finally who I am and there’s nothing left to hide behind,” he said. “This is who I truly am.” " align="left" hspace="6" width="85" height="85" /><p> Paul Childers was born to be a musician.<br /> He&rsquo;s known it since he was 12 years old, before he even touched a guitar.<br /> Today, at the young age of 22, he&rsquo;s found his niche.<br /> While he hasn&rsquo;t had a No. 1 hit on the radio yet or played in front of a sold out crowd at the YUM Center, he feels like he&rsquo;s already made it big.<br /> Changes could be on horizon for MCPS http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/changes-could-be-horizon-mcps <p> Marion County Public Schools could be undergoing some significant changes in the near future, and the first steps in exploring the school district&rsquo;s options were taken last week. The Local Facilities Plan Committee had the first of several scheduled meetings to discuss not only the school district&rsquo;s facilities, but also the way the district is organized.<br /> Farming a family affair http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/farming-family-affair <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/02-15-17_outstanding_farmer_1.jpg" alt="Mark and Debbie Mattingly, along with their son Kevin, operate a dairy farm on Toad Mattingly Road in Marion County. They were recently recognized at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet and received the Outstanding Farmer award. " title="Mark and Debbie Mattingly, along with their son Kevin, operate a dairy farm on Toad Mattingly Road in Marion County. They were recently recognized at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual awards banquet and received the Outstanding Farmer award. " align="left" hspace="6" width="53" height="85" /><p> <em>Editor&rsquo;s note: This is the second story in a series about the Marion County Chamber of Commerce&rsquo;s Outstanding Award winners.</em><br /> <br /> Farming has truly been a way of life for Mark and Debbie Mattingly.<br /> They were both raised on dairy farms just a few miles from each other right outside the city limits of Lebanon.<br /> From atop a hill on Mark&rsquo;s family&rsquo;s farm on Toad Mattingly Road you can see the farm where Debbie was raised on Cowherd Lane.<br /> &ldquo;We practically grew up together,&rdquo; Debbie said.<br /> School board briefs http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/school-board-briefs-0 <p> The Marion County Board of Education has created a new committee to focus specifically on how to attract, recruit and retain staff.<br /> Board Members Brad Cox and Peggy Downs will be representing the school board on the committee, and they are currently soliciting volunteers. The committee will consist of central office staff, principals, teachers, classified staff and community members.<br /> Local Workforce Board plans to continue services in Lebanon http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/local-workforce-board-plans-continue-services-lebanon <p> The Lincoln Trail Workforce Development Board (LTWDB) has drafted a tentative plan to assure services for job seekers and employers remain accessible in Lebanon at the current Workshop Lane Career Center location.<br /> The plan calls for a workforce professional with the Lincoln Trail Area Development District to provide job seeker and employer services through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.<br /> A class of her own http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/class-her-own <img src="http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/sites/www.lebanonenterprise.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/02-08-17_outstanding_educator_gail_king_2.jpg" alt="Gail King (pictured with St. Charles Middle School student Amber Farris) has been a teacher in the Marion County Public School System for 28 years. She will be retiring at the end of this year. “I feel like I have made an impact on a lot of people’s lives,” King said. “I’ve done my job. I’ve done what I was supposed to do.”" title="Gail King (pictured with St. Charles Middle School student Amber Farris) has been a teacher in the Marion County Public School System for 28 years. She will be retiring at the end of this year. “I feel like I have made an impact on a lot of people’s lives,” King said. “I’ve done my job. I’ve done what I was supposed to do.”" align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><p> Gail King learned early on in her teaching career that if you want children to listen to you, you must first earn their trust.<br /> For 28 years, she&rsquo;s earned the trust of thousands of students in Marion County, which is why she was recently named the Outstanding Educator by the Marion County Chamber of Commerce.<br /> &ldquo;I&rsquo;m glad to know that I&rsquo;ve made a difference in somebody&rsquo;s life,&rdquo; King said. &ldquo;It takes a village to raise a child, and I&rsquo;ve been blessed that I&rsquo;ve been a part of this village for 28 years.&rdquo;<br /> Making education equal for all MCPS students http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/making-education-equal-all-mcps-students <p> Superintendent Taylora Schlosser wants all students in the Marion County Public School System to have equal opportunities to succeed.<br /> But, right now, that&rsquo;s not happening.<br /> &ldquo;All&rdquo; doesn&rsquo;t mean &ldquo;all.&rdquo;<br /> Students who attend St. Charles Middle School don&rsquo;t have the same opportunities that Lebanon Middle School students have.<br /> Why?<br /> Lebanon man killed in Tuesday morning accident http://www.lebanonenterprise.com/content/lebanon-man-killed-tuesday-morning-accident <p> Peter C. Ware, 82, of 128 Cooper Drive in Lebanon was killed Tuesday morning, Feb. 7, when his vehicle collided with a tractor trailer, according to the Lebanon Police Department.<br /> The accident occurred at 6:59 a.m. on Veterans Memorial Highway.<br /> According to the police report, Ware was driving a 2007 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Marion County Veterans Memorial Highway and collided with a 2011 Freightliner Tractor Trailer being driven by Vernon Steidinger, 55, of Lexington, Illinois, who was driving westbound on Marion County Veteran Memorial Highway.<br />