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Government

  • Fiscal court briefs

    Kenny Marrett of the Marion County Jobs Consortium presented an update on changes at the Marion County Area Technology Center at last week's Marion County Fiscal Court meeting. The court approved allowing $20,000 in previously allocated funds to be used toward the purchase of 23 computers and software for 3D "Solid Works" CAD training at a cost of $25,000, adapters and accesssories for the automotive lab to get a new brake lathe at a cost of $2,800, and a PLC trainer and equipment for the industrial maintenance department at a cost of $2,300.

  • Snow kidding

    The Marion County Fiscal Court took time out of its Feb. 19 meeting to commend county employees for their efforts in response to last week's snowy conditions.
    Road Supervisor Tommy Lee reported that his department used more than 300 tons of road salt last week. He added that he minimized overtime while keeping the road as passable as they could.
    Marion County EMS Director Robbie Turner expressed his appreciation to the road department for their efforts to open the roads and assisting with runs following last week's winter storm.

  • School board to hold special-called meeting on Friday

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 20, at the Board of Education office.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    I. Call to Order

    II. Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

    III. Student Support Services

    -Approval of Initial BG-1 for the Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract

  • County opening warming centers, declares local state of emergency

    Three warming centers will be opening at noon in Marion County, according to Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson.

    These centers are Centre Square in Lebanon, city hall in Bradfordsville and city hall in Loretto.

    Residents in and around Bradfordsville can call Mayor David Edelen at 270-337-2785 for more information. Residents in and around Loretto can call Mayor Tom Brahm at 270-402-7191.

  • Feb. 16 court hearings reset for March 16

     Marion Circuit Court hearings that had been scheduled for Feb. 16 have been rescheduled for March 16, according to Marion Circuit Clerk Kim May.

  • County offices, judicial center are open today

    County offices in the David R. Hourigan Government Building are open today, Feb. 18, according to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly.

    "We're here. We're operating on a skeleton crew, but we're trying to get back to business as usual," Mattingly wrote in a text message.

    Also, the Marion County Judicial Center will be opening at 8:30 a.m. today.

    The Marion County Public Library is closed, and Marion County Public Schools remain closed until further notice.

  • Illness within MCPS

    Members of the community have been concerned about the low attendance due to recent illnesses affecting schools throughout the district.

    “It was on the west end of the county and now it’s moved to this [east] end of the county. Our high school actually has the poorest attendance right now, but we still have some elementary schools that are at 94 percent,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said during the Feb. 12 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

  • Tourist commission receives $18,000 request for truck pull

    Tom McConnell came to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission meeting on Feb. 9 with a proposal and a request for $18,000.

    McConnell attended the meeting on behalf of the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series. McConnell and Kevin Fulks are the co-owner of the series.

  • Lebanon Police no longer unlocking vehicles

    The Lebanon Police Department will no longer be unlocking vehicles now that a new locksmith is working in Lebanon.

    “We’re not in the business of competing with a locksmith,” Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said.

    In 2014, Lebanon Police unlocked 5,660 cars, which is an average of 16 unlocks a day, according to Brady.

  • Governor declares statewide emergency

    From the Governor's Office:

    FRANKFORT – In response to heavy snows and bitter cold across the Commonwealth in the past 12 hours, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.