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Government

  • New judge appointed in election lawsuit

    A new judge has been appointed in the lawsuit contesting the results of the May 20 Republican primary election in the race for the 24th District state representative.

    On June 23, Circuit Judge David A. Tapp of the 28th Judicial Circuit was appointed to preside over the case. Marion Circuit Judge Dan Kelly and Circuit Judge David Williams of the 40th Judicial Circuit each recused themselves from the case.

  • County jail saved state more than $663,000

    The Marion County Detention Center saved the state nearly $663,000 during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a report Marion County Jailer Barry Brady presented at the June 19 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Brady noted that the state inmate population reached a low of 6,716 inmates in July of 2013. Since then, the inmate population has climbed to 8,741 prisoners as of June 15.

  • City approves $6.7 million budget

    The Lebanon City Council held two special-called meetings last week to approve the first and second readings of the 2014-15 budget.
    The meetings were held June 16 and June 19, and the budget was approved without opposition. The council also approved the first and second readings of the revised 2013-14 budget at those meetings.
    The 2014-15 budget includes $6.676 million in the general fund, which is up  from the $6.658 million in the 2013-14 budget.
    The 2014-15 sewer fund is set at $2.181 million, which is down from $2.189 in the 2013-14 budget.

  • Budget shortfall raises spending cut fears in Kentucky

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

  • Gun laws loosen, concealed-carry permits spike

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Over the past 10 years, Kentucky has made it easier to carry guns – and statistics show more Kentuckians are carrying concealed firearms than ever before.
    Judging by one of the first few bills filed early for the 2015 session, it doesn’t look like the General Assembly will change direction on guns anytime soon.

  • Federal program will allow Kentucky schools to provide more students with free meals

    By Valarie Honeycutt Spears
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    This fall, all students could receive free meals at some schools in an estimated 100 Kentucky districts, including Fayette, as part of a federal program that has expanded.
    The Community Eligibility Provision, a federal program that started in 2010 as a pilot in Kentucky and other states, will allow schools to provide more students with free meals, no matter their families' incomes.

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Flex fund and discretionary road fund list/request

    - Annual contract with the Lincoln Trail District health department

  • Special city council meeting Thursday

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to hold a special-called meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 19, at city hall.

    The agenda includes the second reading of the amended 2013-14 budget and the second reading of the 2014-15 budget.

    The agenda also includes a resolution in support of a community development block grant application for Lebanon Power and Apparatus.

    The final item is a resolution supporting the condemnation of 200 Boldrick Avenue.

  • Divided board votes to give superintendent 18-month extension to establish residency

    A divided Marion County Board of Education has voted to give Superintendent Taylora Schlosser an additional 18 months to establish her residency in Marion County.

  • Doug Mattingly files as write-in candidate for judge/executive race

    Doug Mattingly lost the Marion County Judge/Executive race to David Daugherty in the May primary election by a large margin, but he’s not giving up just yet.
    Tuesday, June 10, he filed to run as a write-in candidate for the judge/executive’s race in November.
    “I still think I’m the better person for that job,” Mattingly said. “I don’t think it, I know that I’m the better person for that job.”