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  • Courageous kindergartener

    The first day of kindergarten is a special milestone for all children, but for Emma Mattingly, 5, it represents so much more.

    One week from today, Emma will walk through the doors of Calvary Elementary on her very first day of school. It’s a moment her parents feared might never happen.

  • Trade wars and the local farmer

    The United States is currently locked in trade wars with partners like China, the European Union, Mexico and Canada, going back and forth with rising tariffs and embargos in order to cut better deals for American manufacturers and agricultural producers. 

    Steve Downs, a lifelong Marion County farmer, is able to provide great perspective about the agricultural industry, as he can trace his farming roots back for several generations.

  • End of an era

     Long-time downtown Lebanon business Clyde’s Shoe Store will soon be closing its doors for good after 77 years of service. 

    “The issue is simply that it’s a mom and pop, two people, no employees,” said storeowner Dale Royse. “We’re getting older, getting a little more fearful of what happens if one of us gets sick and all the burden falls on the other person, and we aren’t willing to take that risk anymore.”

  • Red Cross blood shortage continues, critical call for type O blood donors

     Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood and platelet donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July. Still, there continues to be an emergency need for donors of all blood types, especially type O, to give now to address a severe blood shortage.

  • November General Election heats up

     Candidates continue to throw their hats into the ring for the Nov. 6 General Election, including two write-in candidates for county offices.

    Brian Smith has filed as a write-in candidate for District 5 magistrate (C precincts), which is currently held by John Arthur Elder III. Elder has held that office since 2002.

    Pamela Sue Wise has filed as a write-in candidate for jailer. That office has been held by Barry Brady since 2002.

    Other filings include:

  • Local tourism, tariffs and the bourbon boom

     You can’t go far in Lebanon or Marion County without hearing the words tourism and bourbon. 

    Stephen Fante, executive bourbon steward for Limestone Branch Distillery, talked tourism, bourbon, tariffs and more during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly luncheon Thursday.

    “I’ve been to many different distilleries. They are all different sizes and have different draws, but what makes Limestone unique is that everything is done in one room,” said Fante. 

  • Lebanon man indicted for burglary, assault and more

    Dewayne C. Steagall, 44, of 101 Bedrock Lane in Lebanon was indicted for first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, first-degree fleeing/evading and several other charges in Marion Circuit Court recently.

  • Taylor County inmates who caused riot moved to MCDC

    While most of us were sleeping early Tuesday morning, 36 inmates from the Taylor County Detention Center were safely moved to the Marion County Detention Center after starting a riot.
    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady’s phone rang at 1 a.m. Tuesday, and staff at MCDC informed him that TCDC staff were requesting assistance after a riot broke out in one of its cells holding 36 inmates.

  • 2 Hepatitis A cases confirmed locally

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady reached out to The Lebanon Enterprise last week, reporting the Marion County Detention Center recently released a man who was diagnosed with Hepatitis A and was taken to University of Louisville Hospital for treatment. Lincoln Trail District Health Department officials said they were unable to confirm the report due to patient protection laws, but were able to confirm there have been two cases of Hepatitis A reported in Marion County this year.

  • Seven charged in federal drug indictments

    Seven residents from Marion and Taylor counties were arrested and indicted on July 16 on conspiracy charges to sell methamphetamine and cocaine.

    Chester Shipp, Matthew Smothers, Patricia McNear, Brandon Brady and Jerry Bright are charged with conspiring to distribute methamphetamine in Marion County between March and June of 2016. 

    William Vincent Spalding of Marion County is charged with conspiring to traffic heroin and fentanyl in 2016.