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Government

  • Fiscal Court approves agreement for Maker’s Mark access road

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved an agreement with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet for a new access road on Hwy. 52.
    This road will provide a new access point to Maker’s Mark, according to the agreement between the county and the state.
    The agreement reads that the state will reimburse the county up to $675,000 for the .1 mile project, which will allow access to the Maker’s Mark Museum. Also as part of the project, the access to Ky. 52 from Bridgett Court will be closed and a new access will be created to the tie-in road.

  • Habitat for Humanity - Bardstown Blitz

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    Daniel Greenwell was covered in dust and sweat Saturday afternoon when he put down his hammer, picked up a cold drink and surveyed the progress he and other Habitat for Humanity volunteers had made on the two houses they’re building side by side on McGowan Avenue.
    The frames for both had been put up in less than 48 hours.
    “I don’t work this hard for a living,” he said.
    Curtis Greenwell laughed when he heard what his younger brother had said.

  • Governor, congressman announce next steps for statewide high-speed broadband project

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced July 11 that two requests for proposals are being issued this month on a public-private partnership project to build critically needed high-speed broadband Internet access to the farthest reaches of the state.
    Increasing broadband access in Eastern Kentucky is a primary focus of the project.

  • Kentucky ends fiscal 2014 with $90 million shortfall

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentuckians are buying more stuff, but they aren’t paying as much in taxes, and that has left the state with a $90 million revenue shortfall.
    The state budget office released the year-end report on general fund receipts Thursday, showing that the amount of tax revenue collected in fiscal year 2014 fell 1 percent short of the official $9.55 billion estimate when it ended June 30.

  • More than 100 new laws take effect in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — More than 100 new laws approved during Kentucky's 2014 General Assembly went into effect Tuesday, July 15, changing how the state deals with everything from acupuncture to voyeurism.

  • Special city council meetings Friday, Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is holding special-called meetings at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.

    The agenda for Friday's meeting includes the second reading of an ordinance, which would remove 10-minute parking on the 200 block of W. Main Street and replace it with two-hour parking. The first reading of this ordinance was approved at the council's July 7 meeting.

  • Council hears flood report

    After eight months of work, O’Brien and Gere Engineers presented the findings of their study of flooding in downtown Lebanon.

    During the 54-minute presentation, Ken Roseman, Jonathan Steflik and Derek Reid presented the city with a variety of options to address the problem. The potential solutions included everything from removing sediment and debris to upgrading the entire conveyance system at a cost of $3.82 million.

    The city paid the engineering firm $118,797. 

  • City moving to condemn E. Walnut Street property

    The City of Lebanon is one step closer to condemning the vacant property on the corner of E. Walnut Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

    The city filed a petition of condemnation on Dec. 2 against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives. The 20 defendants named in the petition are children of Helen Bright, who was listed as an owner of the property and who died in 1996. They all have Utah addresses, according to the city’s petition.

  • Senator talks about farms, regulations

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McCon-nell stopped by the Marion County Extension Office July 2 to meet with about 40 people, including farmers and local officials.

    He spoke about agriculture, and he spoke about regulatory abuse “which has been on steroids under this administration.”

    David Kessler, the Marion County extension agent for agriculture, introduced McConnell. He reminded everyone that this visit was about issues, and it was not a campaign stop.

  • School board meets tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, at the board of education office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda of tonight's meeting includes several items. Two delegations are listed as well (Amanda Beard and Barney Tharp) at the end of the agenda.

    The agenda is as follows:

    CALL TO ORDER

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/MOMENT OF SILENCE