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Government

  • Court expresses opposition to repurposing pipeline

    The Marion County Fiscal Court last week reiterated its opposition to pipelines carrying natural gas liquids in the county.
    During the court’s Dec. 18 meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to convert a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids instead of natural gas.
    The court’s resolution was greeted by a round of applause by members of the Sisters of Loretto, co-members of the Loretto Community and local landowners who have led the local opposition to NGL pipelines.

  • 'Cake lady' steps down as mayor

    Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.
    "It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."
    Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.
    While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.

  • Dec. 31 is the final day to change voter registration

    Voters who are already registered should be aware that Dec. 31 is the final day to change their party registration for the 2015 primary election.
    The state constitutional offices will be on the ballot in 2015. These offices are governor/lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor of public accounts, commissioner of agriculture, secretary of state and treasurer.
    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 27 to file to run in the primary for those offices.
    First-time voters have until April 20 to register for the primary elections.
     

  • Former fire chief gets five years probation for abuse of public trust

     Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.

    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during a Dec. 18 sentencing hearing. 

    Bertram also ordered Helm to repay $20,000 to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Fiscal court approves funding for local athlete, Christmas program

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved two funding requests during its Dec. 4 meeting.
    The court unanimously approved a total of $1,300 for Marion County High School volleyball player Shelby Goode. Goode is raising money to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments next summer in Australia.
    Goode told the court that she needs to raise around $6,000, and she has raised about half of that money already.

  • Miles to go

    Bobby Miles presided over his final meeting of the Loretto City Commission on Dec. 9, but his legacy after more than 20 years as a city official won't be forgotten any time soon.
    Miles retired from General Electric in 1990, but he wasn't the type to just sit around the house.
    "I've always been active and I wanted to keep going. Even though I was retired, I still wanted something to do," said Miles, 79. "That's why I become involved in the city."

  • School board holding special-called meeting at 1 p.m.

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting for 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 10, at the board of education office to approve the second reading of revised policies regarding bidding and procurement.

  • Uncommon lawyer

    Joe Mattingly’s first day as the county attorney was one he’ll never forget.
    The Department of Corrections called to let him know that the state was going to close the Marion County Jail later that week.
    "The same afternoon, I get a call from a lawyer in Frankfort. They had sued the county and the county had not responded,” Mattingly said.
    The judge had scheduled a hearing just a few days later, and the caller wanted to know if Mattingly would be there to represent the county.

  • School board meeting at 5 p.m. today

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Marion County ATC students will be giving presentations at 4:30 before the meeting.

    The agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting includes the following:

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - Discussion of the superintendent's mid-year evaluation

    - Introduction of the 2015 Leadership NOW class

    - Preschool committee report

  • City council meets Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at city hall.

    The agenda for tonight's meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Payment of bills

    • Department report

    • Old business

    • New business:

    - Council concurrence with Brad Mattingly's appointment to the planning and zoning commission

    - Second reading of an ordinance changing the zoning classification of multiple properties across 47.459 acres