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Government

  • New city hall is almost complete

    Next month’s Lebanon City Council meeting should (knock on wood) be held in the new Lebanon City Hall.
    The project, which began in September of 2016, was expected to be complete in late November or December of last year. While that time has come and gone, the project is still expected to be complete by the contract deadline, which is Feb. 4, according to Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas.

  • 2018 Primary Election update: Sheriff to have opposition in primary election

    The local election is getting more interesting as more candidates have filed to run for office.
    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements will have opposition in the spring as one of his deputies has filed to run. Sheriff’s Deputy Tony Belcher announced on Facebook last week that he filed to run for sheriff.

  • Council reappoints entire Planning and Zoning Commission

    Lebanon’s Planning and Zoning Commission board was reappointed by Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and approved by the Lebanon City Council during the council’s regular monthly meeting on Jan. 8.
    On Dec. 1, 2017 the entire Planning and Zoning Commission resigned in the wake of the arrest of chairman of the board, Paul Hilpp, who was arrested during a sex sting operation in Boyle County. (Hilpp resigned from the commission on Dec. 8. See the Dec. 13, 2017 edition of the Enterprise for that story.)

  • State Rep. Reed appointed to tourism committee

    State Representative Brandon Reed, R-Hodgenville, has been appointed to the House Committee on Tourism and Outdoor Recreation. The committee is chaired by State Rep. Tommy Turner, a Republican from Somerset, and has jurisdiction over matters relating to tourism and travel promotion, state and national parks, and fish and wildlife, among other areas.

  • Reed files for re-election, Mills announces he plans to file soon

    Former State Rep. Terry Mills announced on the morning of Dec. 27 on his Facebook page that he plans to file to run for state representative. Later that same day, current State Rep. Brandon Reed officially filed for re-election with the Kentucky Secretary of State.
    Mills served the 24th district for six and a half years before being defeated by Reed in the November 2016 General Election. The 24th district includes Marion, LaRue and Green counties.

  • More Maker’s warehouses on the horizon, but where?

    The bourbon business is booming, and Maker’s Mark Distillery has plans to build 10 additional barrel warehouses in Marion County.
    Where those warehouses will be built, however, is currently unknown.
    Maker’s Mark CEO Rob Samuels spoke at a joint meeting between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council Thursday about the distillery’s future plans and, more specifically, about the county’s role in that growth.

  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    A regularly scheduled meeting of the Lebanon City Council was held at 7 p.m., Dec. 11, at Lebanon City Hall. 
    Brooks Herrick and Bryan Bell, representatives from Bluegrass Network/KY Wired, continued discussion with the council on the proposed franchise agreement. The council approved Ordinance No. 2017-11, an ordinance relating to the creation of a non-exclusive franchise to use the public rights of way of the City of Lebanon for the operation and maintenance of a telecommunications system.
    In other matters, council members:

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The regular called meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court was held on Dec. 7. All magistrates were present, except Magistrate John Arthur Elder III.
    Magistrates approved a one-time wage adjustment of $100 for all full-time employees to be paid in one lump sum. 
    Magistrates approved the hiring of Bobby Joe Mudd to fill the position of cardboard route coordinator that was recently vacated. The position will require 20 hours a week and the wage will be paid from the sale of the cardboard and be split evenly with the City of Lebanon.

  • Entire P&Z commission resigns

    Paul Hilpp, 28, of Lebanon was asked to resign as chairman of the City of Lebanon’s Planning and Zoning Commission after being arrested during a sex sting operation in Boyle County in October.

  • Candidates file for 2018 Primary Election

    The candidate filing period for the 2018 election cycle is open, and several local candidates have filed in hopes of being re-elected and, in at least one office, newly elected.
    The deadline to file is 4 p.m., Jan. 30, 2018. Independent, political group, or political organization candidates for offices that require a statement of candidacy must file by 4 p.m. on April 2, 2018.

    Candidates that have already filed to run
    (As of press time)
    • State Sen, 14th Senatorial District: Jimmy Higdon (I)