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Government

  • 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.

  • Clearing a new path

    City employees have started working to alleviate problems that contributed to the three flooding events that affected downtown Lebanon last year.
    Monday morning, public works employees dug up a section of the storm sewer system at the intersection of Main Street and South Spalding Avenue. Using a camera inside the sewer pipes, the city recently discovered a collapsed section that limited water flow during heavy rains.

  • Main Street will be partially closed to clean up collapsed sewer

     Lebanon city employees dug into the city's storm sewer system Monday morning only to discover that they'll need to do even more digging.

    City Administrator John O. Thomas estimated they will be digging another 12-15 feet, and that will mean temporarily closing at least one lane of eastbound traffic on Main Street near the Spalding Avenue intersection.

    City employees dug up a portion of South Spalding Avenue near the intersection with Main Street Monday morning. This was an area where they knew a section of the sewer had collapsed.

  • Cocanougher withdraws from judge’s race

    By Leslie Moore
    Landmark News Service

    Tim Cocanougher of Springfield, candidate for the Circuit Court Judge 11th Circuit, District 1, withdrew his candidacy on Monday, citing a recent opportunity to continue his work conducting sexual assault investigations for the U.S. Military.
    A former commonwealth’s attorney, Cocanougher said his view of the judge’s seat as a very respectable and highly esteemed position influenced his decision to file.

  • City seeks to condemn Boldrick Avenue house

    The City of Lebanon is seeking to condemn 200 Boldrick Avenue.
    According to a petition filed June 30 in Marion Circuit Court, the city considers that property to be "a vacant, abandoned and neglected property.”
    The petition names Rhonda Molden, any unknown spouse of Rhonda Molden, and the occupant (if any) of 200 Boldrick Avenue and Marion County government as defendants.

  • Republican state rep race lawsuit has been settled

    Democratic State Representative Terry Mills finally knows who his opponent will be in November.
    On July 18, a mediation agreement was reached to end a lawsuit filed by Richard Treitz, who lost the Republican primary. As a result, J. Alex LaRue will be confirmed as the Republican challenger against Mills.
    LaRue won the Republican primary on May 20 with 1,400 votes to Treitz’s 1,166 votes.