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Today's News

  • Costs climbing for county jails

     The costs to incarcerate continue to climb for Marion County, as well as every other community in the state that operates a jail. 

    While county jails were never intended to do more than simply warehouse inmates, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady and his staff have gone above and beyond that for the inmates they serve to help them become productive members of society rather than repeat offenders.

    And, doing so costs more money.

  • Lebanon property management board cites Rupa for murals

    The City of Lebanon Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board unanimously voted to cite Deanna Rupa for defacement of private property on Aug. 21.

    Rupa is currently renting a home on Woodlawn Avenue, where she commissioned murals by Melvin James, a local legally blind artist, to paint on the siding of the home. The murals celebrate African American visionaries and leaders, as well as other current events and pop culture legends, like Dolly Parton. 

  • Ham Days preparations begin now

    Ham Days Country Store

    The 2018 Marion County Country Ham Days collector t-shirt and pin, along with all Ham Days merchandise, will be available online starting Sept. 1 at the online Country Store at www.HamDays.com. There will also be two pre-sales at the Chamber of Commerce Office at Centre Square on Friday, Sept. 7, and Thursday,  Sept. 13. The Country Ham Days Country Store will be open downtown Monday, Sept. 24 through Sunday, Sept. 30 at the Farmers National Bank Annex on Main Street. 

  • ‘There are some things worse than death. The not knowing is a nightmare that never stops.’

    So much has happened since Kara Tingle vanished more than eight years ago.

    Her two children are growing up without her.

    Her daughter, Nora, who was only a year old when Kara disappeared, is nine now. 

    She smiles proudly when hearing how similar she is to her mother. 

    A mother she has never known.

    Kara’s son, Austin, will celebrate his 16th birthday in October.

  • School board strikes a nerve with fiscal court during school resource officer discussion

    The Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously agree - school safety is a No. 1 priority. But, the court isn’t ready to approve a request from the Marion County Board of Education to help fund a School Resource Officer. And, recent comments made by school board members, specifically Board Vice Chairman Kaelin Reed, have struck a nerve with Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and magistrates.

  • ‘I thought I was dead’

    Gary Wilkerson, 39, a Lebanon/Frankfort Firefighter was driving home on his motorcycle on Halloween night in 2009 when a group of deer ran across the road, causing him to crash. 

    “The last thing I remember is a bunch of deer coming out in the road and I started hitting them,” he said. “I couldn’t stop. I was going too fast, and I flew off the bike. I woke up, and I saw stars. I thought I was dead.”

  • ‘It’s been a great ride’

     EvaJo Nugent and Mary May have been the backbone of The Lebanon Enterprise for 40 years, and have seen it all - technology advances, physical changes to their workplace and the community around them, and endless amounts of people.

    Both Nugent and May started working for The Enterprise straight out of high school, and since then have worked a variety of jobs and roles at the newspaper. 

  • Chief Brady recommends further action on LES traffic issue

     Recent changes by the Marion County Public School System to improve traffic flow at Lebanon Elementary School still need some work, Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady reported to the Lebanon City Council on Aug. 13.

    He recommended further action to relieve the amount of traffic that accumulates during student pick up and drop off.

    “I have been hearing complaints that traffic is backing up all the way to Benningfield Grocery over on Chandler Street,” said Brady. “It is an inconvenience for some of the residents in the area.”

  • Lebanon woman denies stealing thousands from church

     A Lebanon woman has denied allegations that she stole thousands of dollars from a local church.

    On July 6, a complaint was filed in Marion Circuit Court on behalf of Beechfork Baptist Church in Gravel Switch, alleging that former bookkeeper Connie Tungate embezzled thousands of dollars from the church over the past several years.

  • Local residents compete in the Transplant Games of America

     Two Marion County sisters and a donor’s mother competed in the Transplant Games of America in Salt Lake City, Utah, Aug. 2-8. 

    This year's Team Kentucky was made up of 17 recipients who received kidneys (seven), double lungs (three), livers (six), heart (one), and one living kidney donor. Cara Brahm and her sister, Lisa Cissell, both double lung recipients, competed, as well as Carla Mudd Constant, a donor mom from Marion County. Her son, Anthony “Tyler” Hamilton, saved lives through organ donation when he passed away at age 24.