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Government

  • Both sides of nickel debate come face to face

    What began as a special school board meeting on May 25 to discuss the Marion County Public School System’s tentative 2016-17 budget ended with some brief, but tense dialogue about the recallable nickel.

  • Rep. Terry Mills elected co-chair of legislature’s Program Review panel

    State Rep. Terry Mills, who has served the 24th House District since being elected in 2010, is now the new co-chairman of the General Assembly’s Program Review and Investigations Committee.
    House Speaker Greg Stumbo called Rep. Mills “a great asset to his constituents and to the Commonwealth. I’m proud to see him take on this responsibility and know he will do an outstanding job as chairman.”

  • Primary Election results
  • County spending thousands to replace stolen road signs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is going to have to spend thousands of dollars to purchase new road signs after approximately 50 road signs were stolen or vandalized recently.
    Marion County Road Supervisor Tommy Lee informed the court during its regular meeting on May 19 that, at $100 per sign and post, that equals $5,000 worth of signs and equipment. 
    “If any of our citizens see someone tearing a sign down and we get a license plate we can pursue actions against them,” Magistrate John Arthur Elder III said.

  • Nickel petition update

    More than 1,500 Marion Countians reportedly signed a petition protesting the recallable nickel recently, and the Marion County Clerk’s Office has until June 12 to determine whether the petition is sufficient or insufficient. Upon completing that determination, Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly will provide both the petition committee and the Marion County Board of Education a detailed report of any specific deficiencies found in the document.  

  • Demolition to begin for new city hall

    Demolition on the new Lebanon City Hall property could begin by the end of this week.

  • Kentucky lawmakers to examine possible abuse of farmland tax break

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Investigators for the state legislature will examine how Kentucky officials annually forfeit taxes on $36.6 billion in property values under the farmland preservation tax break, a subject highlighted in February by a series of stories in the Herald-Leader.

  • Legislators, organizations aim to raise awareness of grandparents' financial struggles

    By Emma Kennedy
    The News-Enterprise

    The number of grandchildren being raised by grandparents has more than doubled in the last four decades, rising to a total of 5.4 million children in ‘grandfamily’ homes, according to the Population Reference Bureau.
    It’s becoming more commonplace for multigenerational families to live together, but many grandparents struggle to make ends meet without extra support, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

  • Recallable nickel petition is filed

    A petition of more than 1,500 signatures was filed Saturday morning, May 14, in the Marion County Clerk’s office that could put the Marion County Board of Education’s recallable nickel on voting ballots.
    According to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, a minimum of 741 valid signatures are needed to make the petition legit. (The petition must be signed by a minimum of 10 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election.)

  • Visitor spending contributes more than $27 million to local economy

    Lebanon and Marion County continue to give visitors more and more reasons to visit this community at the epicenter of Kentucky barrel and bourbon making. The “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry” report has been released and, once again, Marion County’s numbers have increased over the previous year.
    In 2015, tourism expenditures in Marion County totaled more than $27 million, which reflects an increase of 8 percent above 2014 figures.