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Government

  • Tourist commission meets today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of Nov. 10 and 19 and Dec. 3 meetings

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive diretor's report

    • New business

    • Old business

    - Kentukcy Classic Arts

  • School board schedules special-called meeting for 1 p.m. today

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in a special-called session at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the district's administration building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(c), which relates to proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of a public agency

    • Motion for action consistent with the closed session discussion

  • Fiscal court meets today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    • Correction to the Nov. 6 meeting minutes 

    • Minutes of the Nov. 20 meeting 

    • Minutes of the special-called Nov. 29 meeting

    • Presentation  of  “HeartSafe Community” designation by Jennifer Osborne and state officials 

  • Tourist commission names new executive director

    Nena Olivier has been hired as the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi.

    Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best of the five candidates who were interviewed for the position.

    "She clearly had what we were looking for," Spragens said.

  • Higdon elected as majority whip

    Jimmy Higdon was first elected to the Kentucky legislature in 2002. He won a special election in 2009 to fill the District 14 senate seat vacated by Dan Kelly.
    And last week, he was elected as majority whip by Kentucky’s Senate Republicans.
    “It’s a step forward as far as my career in the state senate,” Higdon said.
    This was the second time Higdon ran for the position of majority whip. In 2012, he lost to Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard.

  • Moving on

    John G. Mattingly will be retiring for the second time at the end of December.
    After a 27-year career as a teacher, Mattingly, 61, is in his final month of his second and final term as the Marion County judge/executive, although he said doing the work of the county takes a group effort.
    “That’s really part of the job, to build rapport in the community with all those folks that can be a part of the community’s growth and success,” he said.

  • Turpin recommended to lead animal control department

    Sarah Gribbins has resigned from the Marion County animal control staff as of Nov. 14, and the Marion County Fiscal Court approved advertising for a full-time position in that department recently.
    Kay Turpin, who has worked alongside Gribbins, requested to be named as head of that department in her report to the court during the Nov. 20 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Magistrate John Arthur Elder said he would encourage Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly to appoint Turpin as the head of that department.

  • School board meets tonight in Loretto

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, at Loretto City Hall, 110 School Drive in Loretto.

    The agenda of the meet includes the following:

    CALL TO ORDER

    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE/MOMENT OF SILENCE

    COMMUNICATIONS

  • Jail looking to go leaner, greener

    The Marion County Detention Center is the first jail in the United States to receive a grant for a “jail sustainability assessment” from the National Institute of Corrections.
    The assessment will take place over the course of three days and will look at every possible way the detention center can cut costs, and hopefully, serve as a model for other facilities. Monday morning, the jail hosted an opening ceremony to kick-off the assessment

  • Beshear encourages Kentuckians to shop for health insurance on Kynect

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Gov. Steve Beshear encouraged Kentuckians on Monday to start shopping for health insurance as soon as this weekend on an improved kynect.ky.gov, the insurance exchange implemented under the federal Affordable Care Act.
    Speaking at a Capitol news conference, Beshear said some Kentuckians might find lower prices by shopping on Kynect during open enrollment, which begins Saturday and ends Feb. 15.