• Cleaning up Marion County

    In the past nine years, the county has cleaned 18 dumpsites, and that work continues today, Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Oct. 1 meeting.
    “We’ve about cleaned this county up,” Brock said.
    The first dumpsite that was cleaned was the one located at Scott’s Ridge in Raywick. More recently, Brock inspected three illegal dumpsites near Gravel Switch, which the court approved cleaning during Thursday’s meeting.

  • Fiscal court to meet this afternoon


  • City, police sued over use of pepper spray

    A civil lawsuit has been filed against the City of Lebanon, the Lebanon Police Department, Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady and Lebanon Police Officers for an incident involving pepper spray that took place at the 2014 Marion County Country Ham Days Festival.
    The lawsuit was filed on Sept. 15 in the Marion Circuit Clerk’s Office.

  • Council approves 2015-16 tax rate increase

    The Lebanon City Council approved the city’s 2015-16 tax rates recently.
    Monday, Sept. 7, the council voted 4-1 to exceed the compensating tax rate by levying a proposed tax rate of 20.40 cents per $100 of assessed value on real property, 25.15 cents per $100 of assessed value on personal property and 24.33 per $100 of assessed value on motor vehicles. Kate Palagi cast the only no vote.
    During a public hearing prior to the council’s special-called meeting on Sept. 7, there were some questions from the audience.

  • Citizens: Nuisance ordinance needed

    Concerned citizens attended the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting Sept. 3 and asked magistrates to consider drafting a nuisance ordinance that would address property eyesores and potential health hazards throughout the county.
    Julie Peake, who has lived on Tatum Lane in Lebanon for more than 20 years, said if the county doesn’t do something soon, things are going to get out of hand.
    “We need to commit to doing something as a community before we become a shanty town,” she said.

  • Farmers share pipeline experiences with legislators

    After a brief introduction by State Representative Terry Mills, Gene Lanham, a farmer from Gravel Switch, moved closer to the microphone. He shared with state legislators how pipeline companies have treated him and how their work over the years has impacted what he can do on his own property.
    He remembered the first natural gas pipeline was put installed on his family’s property during the 1940s.

  • Sen. Jimmy Higdon named KACCS Legislator of the Year

    Kentucky State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, has been named the Kentucky Association of Career Colleges and Schools (KACCS) 2015 Legislator of the Year.
    Sen. Higdon, the Senate Majority Caucus Whip and a member the Senate Education Committee, received the award during the KACCS 2015 Educational Conference and Annual Meeting, held Aug. 20 at the Sullivan University College of Pharmacy in Louisville.

  • Citizens to discuss concerns regarding land use at fiscal court meeting

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., today, Thursday, Sept. 17.
    The agenda includes:
    • Julie Peake, Alton Tatum and Greg Nugent and other concerned citizens will be in attendance to discuss some concerns they are having with land use, deed restrictions and their views on how county ordinances could help in Marion County.
    • Department reports
    There will be a public hearing at 5 p.m. for the consideration of the acceptance of Windy Hill Drive into the county maintenance system.

  • Local officials exploring interest in reviving arena project

    It’s been more than seven years since local officials looked into constructing an arena in Marion County, but Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty is trying to gauge if there is any interest in revisiting the idea.
    Daugherty and Betty Bradshaw of the Marion County Fair Board attended Monday’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission to discuss the idea.

  • Tourism commission meets this afternoon

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    • Mission statement

    • Delegations

    - Matthew Mattingly, Graham Memorial Park

    - Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty

    • Minutes

    • Treasurer’s report

    • Executive director’s report