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Courthouse will be closed Aug. 5-12

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By Stephen Lega

Marion Circuit Clerk Kim May has announced that her office will be shut down from Friday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 12. During that time, equipment and files from the circuit clerk's office will be moved into the Marion County Judicial Center.

The new judicial center is scheduled to open Monday, Aug. 15.

No district or circuit court proceedings will be held in Marion County while the office is closed. Anyone who was scheduled to be in court between Aug. 5 and 12 should contact the Marion Circuit Clerk's Office at (270) 692-2681.

Also, the circuit clerk's office will not be able to issue any new driver's licenses while it is closed. Drivers are encouraged to check their licenses to see if the shutdown will affect them.

Licenses can be renewed up to six months before the expiration date for individuals over 21. Drivers who are turning or recently turned 21 can renew their licenses up to 90 days after their 21st birthday.

If your license expires during the shutdown, you have up to a year to renew it without having to retake the driving test. However, if you are pulled over, you could be cited for having an expired license. If this happens, contact the circuit clerk's office for assistance.

County residents should also be aware that starting Aug. 6, the Marion Circuit Clerk's Office will no longer be open on Saturdays. This change is being made because of state budget constraints and due to new security standards imposed by the state.

The circuit clerk's office will resume its regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, starting on Monday, Aug. 15. The clerk's office will remain open during lunch and staff will be able to assist you at that time.

The circuit clerk's office staff is working to make this transition as minimally disruptive as possible.

Anyone with questions should call the circuit clerk's office at (270) 692-2681.