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Government

  • City responds to former police officer’s lawsuit

    The City of Lebanon has filed its response to a lawsuit filed by former Lebanon Police Officer Joseph Aaron Caldwell. Caldwell, who was fired on Oct. 12 after serving as an officer for almost six years, filed the lawsuit on Nov. 7, claiming the city violated KRS 15.520, the Police Officer’s Bill of Rights, and KRS 95.450(2) by terminating Caldwell for a reason other than inefficiency, misconduct, insubordination or violation of law.

  • Fate of Career Center still unknown

    The largest crowd in recent memory attended the Marion County Fiscal Court’s special-called meeting Jan. 25 in hopes of saving the Career Center in Lebanon.
    The state recently announced that it would be closing 31 centers, including Marion County’s, by Feb. 16.

  • County working to keep Career Center open

    In the wake of Career Center closings throughout Kentucky, Marion County officials are scrambling to keep the Lincoln Trail Career Center open, and they only have until Feb. 16 to do it.
    At the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting on Thursday, magistrates agreed to having a special-called meeting today at 5:30 p.m. to discuss the plans to keep the center open past the Feb. 16 closing date.

  • Fiscal court news briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regularly-scheduled meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19. In the meeting the magistrates:
    • Approved the advertisement of a request for proposal regarding the multipurpose building. The project is in partnership with the City of Lebanon and the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission. The RFP is not an official bid, rather a way for the building committee to see how much the project will cost.
    • Approved the payment of the second annual installment of funds to the fire departments and rescue squad.

  • Kentucky Dept. of Revenue accepting individual tax returns

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Monday, Jan. 23 opened tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue, the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service. Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns.

  • State pulling workers out of 31 unemployment offices amid major cuts

    By Daniel Desrochers
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is pulling its employees out of 31 unemployment centers across Kentucky in an effort to save millions of dollars.
    Workers with the Office of Employment and Training throughout the state received a notice Jan. 10 that the cabinet was making drastic changes, shifting its focus to 12 “hubs” in Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset.

  • City hires consultant for community development

    The Lebanon City Council voted to hire Wendy K. Smith of Lebanon as a consultant for community development during its regular monthly meeting Jan. 9. Smith will head the project starting in March and ending in May to the tune of $12,820.
    According to the proposal provided by Smith, the community development research will be done in several phases. The proposal states that the project will take 101 hours making her hourly rate $120.

  • ‘I did what I thought was right’

    Casting his vote for right-to-work legislation was the most difficult vote State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said he’s had to make during his 15 years of serving in state government.
    “I know I disappointed a lot of people with my vote on this bill,” Higdon said during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative coffee on Jan. 11. “That’s the toughest vote I’ve ever taken. I’ve got friends on each side of that issue.”

  • Deputy emergency management directors not new to Marion County or emergency situations

    When it comes to emergencies, Marion County is in good hands.
    In addition to former Lebanon Police Officer Byron Richardson being the Marion County Emergency Management Director, the Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the appointment of Gary Luce and Dudley Friend Adle Jr. as deputy emergency management directors.

  • City & county government briefs

    The Lebanon City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. During the meeting, the council: