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Government

  • Illness within MCPS

    Members of the community have been concerned about the low attendance due to recent illnesses affecting schools throughout the district.

    “It was on the west end of the county and now it’s moved to this [east] end of the county. Our high school actually has the poorest attendance right now, but we still have some elementary schools that are at 94 percent,” Superintendent Taylora Schlosser said during the Feb. 12 Marion County Board of Education meeting.

  • Tourist commission receives $18,000 request for truck pull

    Tom McConnell came to the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission meeting on Feb. 9 with a proposal and a request for $18,000.

    McConnell attended the meeting on behalf of the Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series. McConnell and Kevin Fulks are the co-owner of the series.

  • Lebanon Police no longer unlocking vehicles

    The Lebanon Police Department will no longer be unlocking vehicles now that a new locksmith is working in Lebanon.

    “We’re not in the business of competing with a locksmith,” Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady said.

    In 2014, Lebanon Police unlocked 5,660 cars, which is an average of 16 unlocks a day, according to Brady.

  • Governor declares statewide emergency

    From the Governor's Office:

    FRANKFORT – In response to heavy snows and bitter cold across the Commonwealth in the past 12 hours, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a statewide emergency to allow local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts. 

  • 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