Local News

  • Fiscal court takes step toward allowing Sunday alcohol sales

    A split Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-2 in favor of the first reading of an ordinance that would allow Sunday alcohol sales in the county and allow alcohol sales until 1 a.m.

    Magistrates Larry Caldwell, John Arthur Elder III and Steve Masterson voted in favor of the ordinance. Magistrates Roger "Cotton" Smothers and Jackie Wicker voted against the ordinance.

  • Maewood closing at the end of the month

    Maewood Cabinet Company will be closing at the end of August, according to co-owner Kenny Marrett. The business has about 15 employees, he said.

    Maewood was organized Jan. 9, 2004, as Maewood Manufacturing LLC.

    Marrett said he started the business so he could work with his son, Eddie.

    He said the economy was about a "10 percent" factor in his decision, but the primary reason he is closing the business is because he is ready to retire.

  • Manning provides Big Top-worthy performance at 2010 Junior Miss

    Sunday afternoon - the day after the 2010 Marion County Junior Miss pageant - Michelle Manning said it still hadn't sunk in that she was this year's winner.

    "I'm still shocked about everything really," she said.

    Based on the judge's decision, Manning turned in one of the stronger local Junior Miss performances in recent memory. She won awards in five categories - fitness, interview, preliminary scholastic, self-expression and talent.

  • Lebanon man featured in The Washington Post

    Richard Goodin, 25, of Lebanon, along with five of his fellow Franciscan friars were featured in The Washington Post last week after completing a 300-day pilgrimage from Virginia to Washington, D.C.

    For six weeks, Goodin and his brothers walked from Roanoke, Va., with only their brown robes, sandals and "a belief in the kindness of strangers to feed and shelter them," the article states.

    The pilgrimage was the idea of four young friars just finishing their training in Chicago and working toward taking lifelong vows.

  • Mailman becomes a true hero

    Until April 6, 2009, Perry Bland was simply known as "the mailman" to Katie Purdom.

    But, on that cold spring day as she and her four-year-old daughter drove home on Arbuckle Creek Road, Bland would become much more than a mail man to Purdom and her family.

    He became their hero.

    To read more of this story, see this week's issue of The Lebanon Enterprise available on newsstands across the county.

  • 'Cinema at the Square' is July 31

    The Marion County Public Library is hosting Cinema at the Square Friday, July 31.

    Children's librarian Lisa Wyman said the library staff got the idea from the Friday Fun Flicks that have been held in Lexington for years.

    "We wanted something like that for our community," she said.

    The free event will begin at 6 p.m. that evening at Centre Square.

    The library received help from the City of Lebanon, the Lebanon-Marion County Chamber of Commerce and the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council to put on the event.

  • Local man charged with assault, criminal mischief

    Alvin D. Epps, 30, of 204 Cleaver Court in Lebanon was indicted for second-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief and first-degree persistent felony offender in Marion Circuit Court recently. According to the indictment, on or about June 13, Epps intentionally caused serious physical injury to Robert Beam by means of a deadly weapon or dangerous instrument. The indictment also states that he destroyed or damaged property belonging to Beam and that he was over the age of 18 and stood convicted of at least two prior felonies after his 18th birthday. His bond was set at $20,000.

  • Boil water advisory has been lifted

    The boil water advisory that went effect for parts of Marion County earlier this week was lifted Saturday afternoon, according to John L. Thomas of the Lebanon Water Company.

    The advisory affected residents on Highways 1157, 208, 243, 337 South and 412 and any county roads that intersect those highway.

  • Doing Unto Others

    307 W. High Street in Lebanon will take on a new life if Deanna Rupa has anything to say about it.

    Rupa, a children's book author, is hoping to purchase the home and turn it into a safe house for children who have been abused and neglected. She kicked off that effort Saturday at the house.

    Rupa said the safe house project is part of the work of the DUO Foundation, which she founded to encourage children to react, to provide emergency mortgage relief funds for families and to establish safe houses.

  • Lebanon woman indicted for murder after deadly car crash

    Tabitha K. Hutchison, 26, of 218 Chestnut Street in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Monday, July 20, on charges of murder, two counts of first-degree assault, DUI and other charges after she allegedly caused a vehicle accident that killed an unborn baby.

    On July 14, the Lebanon Police, the Marion County Rescue Squad and Marion County EMS responded to a call of an accident at the intersection of Warehouse Road and W. Main Street at 2:32 p.m.