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Government

  • Six running for U.S. Senate seat

    Barring a slew of write-in candidates, Marion County voters will only be casting ballots in a handful of contested races this fall.
    Election day is Nov. 4. Marion County voters will be selecting two members of the Marion County Board of Education and three members of the Marion County Soil and Water Conservation Commission. They also have the opportunity to vote for State Representative, U.S. Congressman and U.S. Senator.
    The Senate race now includes three candidates on the ballot and three write-in candidates.

  • Vacant district school board seat will be filled by election

    Michael Mullins stepped down from the Marion County Board of Education on May 21. Mullins was the District 2 board member.
    According to Chapter 160.190 of the Kentucky Revised Statutes, the vacancy should be filled within 90 days after the vacancy occurs. Officially, the Kentucky Department of Education considered the seat vacant as of May 30.
    When a vacancy occurs, the local school district advertises the opening. The Marion County Board of Education advertised the vacant District 2 seat in the June 18 and June 25 editions of the Enterprise.

  • Lawmaker's bill would let homeschool, private-school students play sports at public schools

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A bill prefiled this month in Kentucky's General Assembly is not the first that state Rep. Stan Lee, R-Lexington, has introduced to allow homeschooled children to participate in athletics at public middle and high schools.
    But Kentucky High School Athletic Association Commissioner Julian Tackett said the legislation for 2015 "would fundamentally alter high school athletics in the state."

  • Mitch McConnell and Alison Grimes both tell untruths

    By Joseph Gerth
    The Courier-Journal

    The email came from the Alison Lundergan Grimes campaign Wednesday afternoon noting that the nonpartisan PolitiFact had taken to task Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, for a whopper in McConnell's latest television commercial.
    The fact-checking organization had determined that despite what Chao said in the ad, McConnell really didn't support a stronger version of the Violence Against Women Act when he voted against a version of it that passed last year.

  • School board to consider raising tax rate

    The Marion County Board of Education will be setting its property tax rates for 2014 later this month.
    Last year, the school board set its tax rate at 53.8 cents per $100 of real and personal property.
    The board has scheduled a public hearing to consider increasing that rate to 55.7 cents per $100 of real and personal property for this year. That hearing is scheduled for 5 p.m. Aug. 28 at the board office.
    Lisa Caldwell, chief financial officer for Marion County Public Schools, presented a report on tax rate options during the board's Aug. 12 meeting.

  • Council takes on nuisances, panhandling

    Public nuisances and panhandling were two of the main topics discussed at the Lebanon City Council meeting Monday evening.
    The council approved the first reading of an amendment to its property maintenance code to expand the list of conditions deemed to be public nuisances. The council also approved the first reading of an ordinance restricting panhandling.

  • Fiscal court leaves tax rates unchanged

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved keeping its tax rates the same as they were last year.
    During their Aug. 7 meeting, the magistrates voted 4-0 to keep the tax rates the same. Magistrate Larry Caldwell was not present during that portion of the meeting, although he did arrive later.
    The fiscal court’s 2014 tax rates are 8.6 cents per $100 in real property and 10.9 cents per $100 in personal property, which include motor vehicles and watercraft.

  • School board meets tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 12, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    CALL TO ORDER

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/MOMENT OF SILENCE COMMUNICATIONS

    • Superintendent’s report

  • City council meets tonight

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 11, at city hall.

    The agenda for tonight's meeting is as follows:

    • Delegations: Agnes Williams regarding a Rosenwalk class reunion, Frank Buckler and Brian Gaddie regarding a noise variance, and Jessica Miles regarding the Spooktacular 5K

    • Minutes of previous council meetings

    • Payment of Bills

    • Department reports

    • Old business

  • Miles resigns from school board

     Bernard Miles has resigned from the Marion County Board of Education, leaving the board with two vacancies.