• School board to meet Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at the board office. The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Communications

    - Superintendent report

    - Introduction of 2015-16 student ambassadors

    - Demonstration on how to use GradeCam

    - Finance report

    • Student Learning Services

  • Marion County moving closer to having E911

    It’s been decades since local officials started talking about enhanced 911, but Marion County may be within months of having the service, based on last week’s meeting of the 911 Advisory Committee.

  • Library board presents 2015-16 tax rate, hopes to expand in 3-5 years

    The Marion County Library Board of Trustees approved increasing its property tax rate from 5.2 cents to 5.4 cents per $100 of real property.
    Library Director Amy Morgeson presented the report to the Marion County Fiscal Court at its Sept. 3 meeting.
    Morgeson explained that the library board has elected to take the 4 percent rate (which will produce 4 percent more revenue than the previous year, excluding new property) after two years of taking the compensating rate (which brings in revenue similar to the previous year).

  • Special-called Lebanon City Council meeting Tuesday, Sept. 8

    There will be a property tax rate public hearing and a special-called meeting of the Lebanon City Council at 7 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, at Lebanon City Hall.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Property tax rate public hearing

    - City department reports

    - Counci approval of the mayor's appointment of John Turner to the Lebanon Water Works Board of Directors.

    - Council consideration of request from Lisa Nally-Martin for Working the Puzzle for Autism, Inc.

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 3 at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
    The agenda includes:
    - Minutes
    - Accept library tax proposal report
    - Accept Marion County Conservation District annual financial report
    - Revised addendum to the interlocal cooperation agreement between the county and the City of Lebanon
    - Approval of Johnny Thompson for building code enforcement for Marion County
    - Set a hearing date for a petition to accept Windy Hills Road into the county road system

  • State senator suggests expanding Kynect to pay for Medicaid expansion

    By Melissa Patrick
    Kentucky Health News

    While the Republican nominee for governor says he would dismantle the state health-insurance exchange branded as Kynect, a GOP senator is talking about not only keeping it, but expanding it to other states to pay for the other big feature of federal health reform: expanded Medicaid.

  • Labor Day closings

    All county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. There will be no garbage pickup Monday. Instead, the county will be doing a double route on Tuesday.
    Lebanon City Hall will be also closed Monday. The regularly scheduled Lebanon City Council for Sept. 7 is also cancelled due to the holiday.
    The Marion County Public Library is closed on Monday, as well.

  • Gay couple turned away third time by Rowan clerk

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    MOREHEAD, Ky. - James Yates and William Smith Jr., a couple of nearly 10 years, left the Rowan County Courthouse on Thursday frustrated and angry after clerks refused them a marriage license for a third time in recent weeks.
    But the pair promised to return.
    "It's just making us want to press more," Yates said. Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis “can’t get away with this because it will open the door for so many other rights to be just thrown away.”

  • School board discussing tax rates on Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education will be holding a public hearing at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27, at the board office to discuss the proposed 2015-16 property tax rates. A regular board meeting will follow at 6 p.m.

    The school board’s current tax rate is 53.8 cents per $100 in property valuation. The board can consider a rate between the compensating rate and the 4 percent rate.

  • E911 equipment set for installation next month

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty said Thursday that enhanced 911 equipment is scheduled to be installed in September at the Lebanon Police Department.
    Now, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the City of Lebanon need to sign off on an addendum to an interlocal cooperation agreement related to E911.