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Today's News

  • Jail looking to go leaner, greener

    The Marion County Detention Center is the first jail in the United States to receive a grant for a “jail sustainability assessment” from the National Institute of Corrections.
    The assessment will take place over the course of three days and will look at every possible way the detention center can cut costs, and hopefully, serve as a model for other facilities. Monday morning, the jail hosted an opening ceremony to kick-off the assessment

  • Jail loses long-time staffer

    Captain David Earl Gribbins has been a part of the Marion County Detention Center staff ever since Barry Brady was elected jailer 12 years ago.
    Gribbins, 66, died Sunday after suffering a heart attack, according to Brady.
    “He’s very much an important part of our administration’s success at the jail,” Brady said.
    Brady has known Gribbins for 29 years, going back to when they both worked at Marion Adjustment Center.

  • See ya!

     As some of you may or may not already know, after two years and many photos and stories, I’m leaving The Lebanon Enterprise.

    Recently, I accepted a job with our neighboring county’s newspaper - The Springfield Sun. 

  • Building memories

    The Marion County Public Library on Saturday hosted storyteller Paschal “The Rascal” Baute followed by “Lunch with Legos.” Baute spent the morning telling tales. Baute is a member of the “Spellbinders” group in Lexington, and he is open to helping start a similar group in Lebanon.

  • Coach happy with Lady Knights in scrimmage

    The Marion County Lady Knights hosted a scrimmage against the Grayson County Lady Cougars over the weekend. 

    Although they did not keep score, the Lady Knights dominated the court in several quarters of the game and were left fighting in others. 

    Lady Knights Coach Anthony Epps said he was happy with the team’s performance. 

  • Remembering Rakes

    On Friday, Nov. 14, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office dedicated a memorial for all emergency service workers who have died in the line of duty. That day was also the two-year anniversary of the death of Deputy Sheriff Anthony Rakes. Regina Ewing, Rakes’ sister, was pleased with the event.

    “It’s amazing how people still come out in memory of him,” she said.

    Rakes’ other sister, Anita Elder, added, “He is gone, but he is not going to be forgotten.”

  • Knights look to build on winning season

    The Marion County Knights’ football season is at a close, and basketballseason is right around the corner. Unlike what many people expected, the Knights finished with a winning 6-5 record on the gridiron for the first time since 2009.

    “I’m happy with it,” Knights Interim Coach Matthew “Moo Moo” Mattingly said. “Any time you can get a winning record, especially the first one since ‘09, you gotta be happy with it.”

  • Lebanon man gets five years for sex abuse

    Ricardo Sunun-Gomez, 34, of 118 Holly Hill Inn in Lebanon was sentenced to five years in prison in Marion Circuit Court last week for six charges of first-degree sexual abuse (victim under 12 years old).
    According to the indictment, the incidents occurred between July 1, 2010, and March 14, 2013. Two different victims were indicated by the indictment.
    Sunun-Gomez will be required to register as a sex offender with the probation and parole office, and a sample of his blood will be taken by the Department of Corrections for DNA law enforcement identification purposes.

  • ‘Coach Rob’ will be missed

    Jeff Robbins’ impact on Marion County High School goes far beyond Xs and Os on the football field.
    "He had ways of teaching you stuff that you think about now, it hits you like a load of bricks," said Matthew Mattingly, who served as one of Robbins’ assistants for 10 years. "He not only impacted the kids. He impacted the coaches 'cause he taught us a lot as well. They've lost a great role model, and we've lost a mentor."

  • Volleyball: Lady Knights keep producing all-stars

    Marion County Lady Knights senior Shelby Goode was named to the First Team All-State team last week. The team is a group of players recognized by various volleyball coaches for their abilities. When she found out about it, she didn’t know what it was.

    “After I found out what it was, I was real excited about it,” Goode said with a smile.