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Government

  • 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)

  • City facing challenges head-on

    How can the City of Lebanon offer more affordable housing, attract more skilled workers and provide even better paying jobs?
    In an effort to begin answering those questions, the Lebanon City Council hired consultant Wendy K. Smith of Lebanon in January of last year. Smith shared her findings in a written report – free of charge - during the council’s monthly meeting on Nov. 23. (Originally, the council approved paying Smith $12,820 for her work. But, she didn’t charge the city due to her being unable to complete the original scope of work in its entirety.)

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    Encroachment permits
    The Marion County Fiscal Court continues to have ongoing issues involving residents who construct driveways and entrances off county right-of-ways without obtaining proper permits. An encroachment permit is required, and it’s free. Magistrates voted to advertise the details regarding the ordinance requirements for the free permit for residential encroachments.

    Stolen road signs

  • PSC to decide water rate debate

    Background: On Sept. 11, the Lebanon City Council approved an ordinance increasing the water rates for water service provided by the Lebanon Water Works Company. The Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer, and will be impacted significantly by the rate increase. The Marion County Water District Board of Directors is protesting the rate increase with the Public Service Commission.

  • County recognizes retiring 27-year EMT, paramedic

    After 27 years of helping the sick and injured in Marion County, Jim Thomas has retired.
    Thomas was recognized by the Marion County Fiscal Court during its regular monthly meeting Thursday. Thomas has worked for Marion County EMS since 1989-90.

  • US. Postal Service: No delivery on Nov. 11

    The U.S. Postal Service now says it will not deliver mail on Saturday, Nov. 11 in observance of the true Veterans Day holiday.
    Earlier in the year, the postal service had said there would be no mail delivery on Friday, Nov. 10 because of Veterans Day. Now, those plans have changed.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Oct. 19. The following are news briefs from the meeting:
    • The court was joined by Susan Crum-Cox to speak about the Future Health Care Forum, which will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 7:45 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 2, at Saint Catharine Hall in Springfield. The featured speaker will be former Attorney General and Congressman Ben Chandler.

  • Former Marion County student selected to serve on state council

     

  • City, county to make soccer complex safer

    The gravel parking lot located at the soccer fields on Fairground Road in Lebanon has been an ongoing safety concern for the Marion County Youth Soccer League, which is reportedly experiencing its largest fall registration to date.
    Parents have complained about the gravel lot because it gets packed with cars parked in multiple directions, and presents a potentially dangerous situation for kids coming and going to and from games.

  • Water damage is Hourigan column culprit

    By John A. Nelson
    Landmark News Service

    In separate reports, two engineering firms have blamed damage to the columns on the 10-year-old David R. Hourigan Government Building on water, apparently the result of construction issues.