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  • Lebanon City Council, board of education holding special meetings Friday

    The Lebanon City Council and the Marion County Board of Education have each scheduled special-called meetings Friday, May 29.

    The city council will meet at noon at city hall regarding a contract with Beverly Mings to operate the pool concession stand under the pavilion at Graham Memorial Park.

  • Hamilton to lead Mercer County school district

    When interviewing for the Marion County superintendent position in March, Chuck Hamilton told community leaders and the board of education that he would be a superintendent somewhere, even if it weren't here.

    And he meant it.

    Last week, he was named the next superintendent of Mercer County schools.

    The Mercer County Board of Education made the announcement during a special-called meeting Thursday.

  • 'Click It or Ticket' campaign underway

    State and local law enforcement will be watching closely for drivers who are not wearing their seat belts during this year's "Click It or Ticket" Campaign.   The campaign started Monday and lasts until May 31.

    The Lebanon Police Department received a grant to participate in the program this year, according to Officer Brandon Blair.

    The Kentucky State Police reported that 274 people have died in traffic accidents on state highways as of May 14, and 127 of the people who died were not wearing seat belts. 

  • Rancho Poultry won't build in Lebanon

    Gov. Steve Beshear announced last July that Rancho Poultry would open a $43-million, 100,000-square-foot chicken processing plant in Lebanon.

    Last week, Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund said that's not going to happen after all.

    "It's the economy," Lund said.

  • Child safety seat inspection May 27

    Free child safety seat inspections will take place next week in Lebanon. The inspections are sponsored by the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety, Marion County Health Department and Marion County EMS.

    The inspections will take place between 3 and 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 27, at the Marion County EMS Building, 436 W. Walnut Street in Lebanon.

    Nationally certified child passenger safety technicians will be educating people about the correct installation and usage of child safety seats. They will also check seats for damage and for seats that have been recalled.

  • Pickerill Motors remains a Chrysler dealership

    Chrysler LLC announced last week that it will be eliminating nearly 800 dealerships nationwide as part of its corporate restructuring effort.

    Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon was not on the list, however. Pickerill Motor sells new Chrysler, Dodge and Jeep vehicles.

    Chrysler President Jim Press said in an interview with WWJ, a Detroit radio station, that changes were necessary for the corporation to be profitable and viable in the future. A link to the interview was posted on Chrysler's corporate website.

  • Angell-Demmel merges with the Sellner Group

    Angell-Demmel announced last week that it will be merging with the Sellner Group based out of Germany, but the merger will not impact the Lebanon operation, according to company officials.

    John Turner, president of Angell-Demmel North America, Ltd., announced Thursday that the owners of its parent company, Angell-Demmel Holding GmbH & Co. KG, signed an agreement resulting in a merger with the Sellner Group.

  • Death investigation in logging accident

    The Kentucky State Police are conducting a death investigation after a logging accident resulted in the death of a Cub Run man May 12 in Marion County.

    John Miller, 29, died after he was struck in the head by a dead tree top while logging in the Sulphur Lick Road area. Miller was pronounced dead at the scene by the Marion County coroner.

    Trooper Clint Walker is conducting the investigation. 

  • Lebanon man indicted for attempted murder

    Donnie R. Johnson Jr., 19, of 783 Howard Avenue in Lebanon was indicted in Marion Circuit Court last week for criminal attempt to commit murder (two counts), first-degree wanton endangerment (two counts) and first-degree criminal mischief.

    According to the indictment, on or about April 21, Johnson shot at Timmon Hayden and Tonya Gootee with the intent to kill them. The indictment also reads that Johnson manifested extreme indifference to human life by engaging in conduct, which created substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to at least two other people.

  • Enterprise files answer in defamation lawsuit

    The Lebanon Enterprise has filed a response in a defamation lawsuit filed by former Marion County Agriculture Extension Agent Ed Lanham.

    Lanham filed a civil defamation lawsuit March 20 against state livestock inspector David Thompson, The Lebanon Enterprise and Donald Brockman, a Campbellsville veterinarian who examined Lanham's horses after a March 21, 2008, search warrant was served.

    Attorney R. Keith Bond previously filed a reply on Brockman's behalf. Attorney Ashley Pack filed the reply on behalf of the Enterprise May 11.