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Today's News

  • 'We can't hire a police officer'

     Superintendent Taylora Schlosser and the Marion County Board of Education haven’t given up on expanding its school resource officer program by adding an additional officer to serve schools outside the city limits.

    But, because the school board can’t hire an officer, it needs Marion County Fiscal Court’s support to make it happen.

    Schlosser and MCPS representatives have attended two fiscal court meetings regarding the request, but so far, the fiscal court hasn’t approved it.

  • Lightning strikes, destroys St. Joe home

     A lightning strike destroyed the home of Terry and Crystal Smith of St. Joe on Tuesday evening, Aug. 7, after storms passed through the area.

    Raywick Fire Department received the call around 7 p.m. and arrived at the scene within 20 minutes. The Smiths and their five-year-old granddaughter were able to evacuate the home.

    “My granddaughter was upstairs playing with my husband, and I was downstairs watching television,” said Crystal.

  • Luau fundraiser is Aug. 18

     A luau fundraiser – featuring the Monarchs - will be held Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Marion Barn in Lebanon. The event is being held in loving memory of Sister Mary Lois Speaks, and all proceeds will benefit the Marion County Good Samaritans. 

    Doors will open at 5 p.m. Local favorites Magnolia Vale will be performing from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and the Monarchs will take the stage at 8 p.m.

    Cost is $20 per person. Call Phyllis Troutman at 270-699-6360 for tickets. The Marion County Cattlemen will be providing food and drinks.

  • Red Cross urgently needs blood donations

     As summer winds down, the American Red Cross urges individuals to give blood and platelets now and help end an emergency summer blood shortage that began last month.

    A blood drive will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 28, at Farmers National Bank, 2160 Campbellsville Road, Lebanon.

    A critical need remains as many regular donors delay giving to take final summer vacations and prepare for school to start. To ensure lifesaving treatments remain available for patients in the coming weeks, donations are needed now, especially type O. 

  • The fine line between graffiti and art

    Downtown Lebanon now proudly boasts three murals commissioned by the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, but there’s a fourth mural located within city limits that’s under scrutiny by the city. 

    For the past year, there has been an ongoing mural project at a residence on Woodlawn Avenue, spearheaded by the current renter of the home, Deanna Rupa.

  • Not horsin’ around

    The day Sarah Barnes began competing in horse competitions, everything changed.

    Weekends formerly spent at home turned to weekends spent in the back of a horse trailer, preparing for one of the hundreds of competitions Sarah has participated in over the past two years. Forget calm and order. The hectic, frenzied and exhausting life of horse competition took over for the entire Barnes family.

  • Cushaw!

    Billy Smothers of Bradfordsville shows off this massive 32-pound cushaw he grew in his garden. What is a cushaw, you ask? Well, some of us here at the Enterprise didn’t know either, so we Googled it. Cushaw are a form of squash, and they have long, curved necks. They are often seen adorning lawns and porches during fall, but they are edible and allegedly make a fabulous pie. Allie Evans graciously shared this fabulous photo with the Enterprise. She said her payment from Smothers for taking his photo was five tomatoes and a cushaw. Priceless.

  • Too much discretion?

     “Community project funds”.

    “Fiscal court project funds”.

    “Discretionary funds”.

    No matter what they’re called, they’ve been under scrutiny recently by Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty. 

    A stricter policy needs to be approved regarding these funds, Daugherty told magistrates at the Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting on Aug. 2.

    So, what are these funds, exactly? 

  • New board member elected to serve on Local Planning Committee

    A new Local Planning Committee (LPC) will soon be appointed to begin the process of creating a new district facilities plan for Marion County Public Schools.

    The school board elected its representative to serve on the committee at its meeting Thursday evening, but the decision wasn’t unanimous.

    School Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed served on the committee previously, but School Board Member Peggy Downs nominated Brad Cox to be the board’s new representative on the committee.

  • Downtown businesses complaining about lack of parking

     Several downtown businesses have turned to City of Lebanon officials to complain about lack of parking for customers due to other downtown employees parking in the available spaces in front of or near their businesses.

    “We have had complaints from some of the merchants,” City Administrator John Thomas said, “especially in the area around the corner where The Cute Little Shop is located, about the all-day parking of other downtown employees in customer parking spaces.”