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Government

  • 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.

  • County invests thousands into technical education for local students

    Magistrates voted to invest $112,000 into the Marion County Jobs Training Consortium to help improve the quality of technical education for Marion County students at the Marion County Area Technology Center (MCATC) during its regular monthly meeting July 17.

  • 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.