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Government

  • Higdon elected as majority whip

    Jimmy Higdon was first elected to the Kentucky legislature in 2002. He won a special election in 2009 to fill the District 14 senate seat vacated by Dan Kelly.
    And last week, he was elected as majority whip by Kentucky’s Senate Republicans.
    “It’s a step forward as far as my career in the state senate,” Higdon said.
    This was the second time Higdon ran for the position of majority whip. In 2012, he lost to Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard.

  • Moving on

    John G. Mattingly will be retiring for the second time at the end of December.
    After a 27-year career as a teacher, Mattingly, 61, is in his final month of his second and final term as the Marion County judge/executive, although he said doing the work of the county takes a group effort.
    “That’s really part of the job, to build rapport in the community with all those folks that can be a part of the community’s growth and success,” he said.

  • Turpin recommended to lead animal control department

    Sarah Gribbins has resigned from the Marion County animal control staff as of Nov. 14, and the Marion County Fiscal Court approved advertising for a full-time position in that department recently.
    Kay Turpin, who has worked alongside Gribbins, requested to be named as head of that department in her report to the court during the Nov. 20 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Magistrate John Arthur Elder said he would encourage Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly to appoint Turpin as the head of that department.

  • School board meets tonight in Loretto

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Loretto City Hall, 110 School Drive in Loretto.

    The agenda of the meet includes the following:

    CALL TO ORDER

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/MOMENT OF SILENCE

    COMMUNICATIONS

  • Jail looking to go leaner, greener

    The Marion County Detention Center is the first jail in the United States to receive a grant for a “jail sustainability assessment” from the National Institute of Corrections.
    The assessment will take place over the course of three days and will look at every possible way the detention center can cut costs, and hopefully, serve as a model for other facilities. Monday morning, the jail hosted an opening ceremony to kick-off the assessment

  • Beshear encourages Kentuckians to shop for health insurance on Kynect

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Monday to start shopping for health insurance as soon as this weekend on an improved kynect.ky.gov, the insurance exchange implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Beshear said some Kentuckians might find lower prices by shopping on Kynect during open enrollment, which begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.

  • Mills pleased with victory

    The 2014 General Election — and (nearly) all the advertising that came with it — is now behind us. No one sounded more pleased that the campaign was over than Terry Mills, who won re-election as the 24th District state representative with 8,254 votes. His opponent, Alex LaRue of Hodgenville, received 6,860 votes.
    Mills thanked Marion County voters for their support.
    "I'm bruised and battered but still standing," he said.

  • Reed sworn in as school board member

    Kaelin Reed was elected as the District 2 representative on the Marion County Board of Education on Nov. 4.

    On Nov. 11, he was sworn in by Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Matttingly. Originally, the plan was for Reed to take his oath of office during the Nov. 11 meeting, but it was moved up due to a scheduling issue.

    This also means all the seats on the board are full for the first time since May, when Michael Mullins resigned as a board member.

  • School board meets tonight

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 11, at the board office.

    The agenda includes the following:

    COMMUNICATIONS

    - Introduction of Newly Elected Board Members

    - New Board Member’s Oath of Office

    - Audit Report – White & Company

    - Superintendent’s Report

    - PGES Update – Tammy Newcome

    - Financial Report – Lisa Caldwell

    STUDENT LEARNING SERVICES

    - Consider approval of 2015 Board Meeting Schedule

  • Fiscal court meets today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 16, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Second reading of a budget amendment 

    • Consider request from Central Kentucky Classic Arts

    • Revised agreement on the Maker’s Mark roadway project

    • Appointment to Gravel Switch Volunteer Fire Department Advisory Committee