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Government

  • County schools, offices are closed

    Marion County Public Schools are closed until further notice due to blizzard-like conditions and the subfreezing temperatures in the the forecast, according to Superintendent Taylor Schlosser.

    The David R. Hourigan Building will remain closed Tuesday, Feb. 17. The offices of county judge/executive, PVA, sheriff and county clerk are closed due to the weather.

    Sheriff Jimmy Clements and his staff will be responding to call through the Lebanon Police Dispatch (270-692-2121).

    The Marion County Judicial Center is also closed today.

  • Get to work

    Marion County's economy showed signs of improvement during 2014, according to a report presented by Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund last week.
    Lund presented the economic development office's annual report during the Feb. 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    According to the report, local industries announced seven projects that are expected to bring more than 500 jobs to the county. That's 227 per 10,000 people, which also meant Marion County had the highest per capita job growth of any county in Kentucky last year.

  • Kynect open enrollment enters its final week

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – With a little more than a week remaining in the current enrollment period, 142,349 individuals have taken advantage of kynect to enroll in healthcare coverage for 2015. This number includes nearly 96,000 Kentuckians who have either newly enrolled in a qualified health plan since Nov. 15, 2014 or renewed the private insurance plan they purchased through kynect last year, according to a state news release.

  • Bills on smoking, beer, casinos advance in General Assembly

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    In a week where America celebrated Groundhog Day, the General Assembly provided vivid flashbacks of its actions of recent years, with the Republican Senate moving priorities sure to die in the House and the Democratic House moving bills that will die in the Senate.

  • Legislation targets repeat DUI offenders

    A bill to strengthen penalties for habitual drunken drivers in Kentucky became one step closer to law on Thursday with its passage out of a key state Senate committee.
    Senate Bill 34, sponsored by Senator Dennis L. Parrett, would change what is known in legal circles as the “look back period” to 10 years from five years. What that means is that if someone is convicted of drunken driving multiple times in a 10-year period the penalties for the crimes can be increased.

  • School board meets Thursday

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 12, at the board office.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows. A more detailed agenda can be found at http://goo.gl/vRdjiu.

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - School nutrition report card

    - Update on family nights/reading celebration/migrant program

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the meeting includes:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Presentation of economic development’s 2014 annual report

    • Consider/approval of funds for Bradfordsville Youth League Sports

    • Open bid for a medium duty ambulance

    • Request from the Marion County Detention Center to move part-time employee Derek Werner to a full-time position

  • City kicks off bicentennial celebration

    Current and former city officials gathered Wednesday at Lebanon City Hall to mark the city's 200th anniversary.
    On Jan. 28, 1815, the city of Lebanon was officially incorporated.
    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw signed a proclamation to mark the occasion.
    The proclamation reads that Lebanon is the geographic center of the state and has become a center of commerce and industry, and that none of the city's accomplishments would have been possible without the "vision, leadership, and dedication of its citizens."

  • Election 2015: Candidates set for primary

    Two sitting state officials will be vying to represent their respective parties in this year's gubernatorial election.
    Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has filed to run in the Republican primary, while Attorney General Jack Conway is running for the Democratic nomination.
    Comer's running mate is State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill. Conway is running with State. Rep. Sannie Overly of Louisville.
    While Comer and Conway may be the well known candidates in the field, both are facing opposition in the primary.

  • Farm Bureau to host legislative forum Jan. 31

    Marion County Farm Bureau will be hosting its annual legislative forum at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Farm Bureau conference room at 690 Metts Drive, Lebanon. Joining them will be the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and Central Kentucky Ag Credit.
    Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills will be on hand to discuss current issues in state government.
    All interested constituents are invited to this open meeting. The legislators will be available for questions from the public.