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Government

  • Questions linger on teacher pension bonds

    By Mike Wynn
    Courier-Journal

    Confronted with alarming shortfalls, lawmakers say they want reforms in the state's retirement plan for teachers next year before they consider borrowing any more money for pensions.
    The 2015 General Assembly convenes next week amid calls for billions of dollars in bonds to help the Kentucky Teachers' Retirement System grapple with its pension debt.
    The system faces $14 billion in unfunded liabilities and has only 54 percent of the money it needs to pay future benefits.

  • New role for experienced attorney

    Lisa Nally-Martin knows she is the first female to serve as the Marion County Attorney, but she hopes people realize she is more than that.
    "I hope that people look at me just for my ability to do the job," she said.
    Nally-Martin, 47, had no opposition when she filed to run for county attorney last year. While she is new to the position, she is familiar with the job. She has been practicing law for 21 years, and she has served as the assistant county attorney for 18 years.

  • Fiscal court, school board meeting changes

    This month, the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Marion County Board of Education are making changes to their regular meeting schedule.
    For the fiscal court, this is a temporary change. The fiscal court holds its regular meetings at 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at the David R. Hourigan Building. Because the first Thursday in January was New Year’s Day, the court is changing its meetings to the second and fourth Thursday of the month, Jan. 8 and Jan. 22.

  • Swearing in…

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly performed what might be his last swearing-in ceremony at the Lebanon City Council meeting Dec. 8. Pictured along with Mattingly, from left, are council members Darin Spalding, Jerry Abell, Jim Richardson, Kate Palagi, Jay Grundy and John Mattingly. Lebanon Mayor Crenshaw was also sworn in during the Dec. 9 meeting.

  • Helping people

    Twelve years ago when Roger “Cotton” Smothers announced he was going to run for magistrate, he was told he didn’t have a chance. In fact, one person went as far as to say he would be an embarrassment to his community.
    “I come from a very poor background,” Smothers said. “I didn't have much as a child growing up.”
    Smothers said he and his family got their water from a spring, and had no bathroom in their house.

  • Court expresses opposition to repurposing pipeline

    The Marion County Fiscal Court last week reiterated its opposition to pipelines carrying natural gas liquids in the county.
    During the court’s Dec. 18 meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to convert a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids instead of natural gas.
    The court’s resolution was greeted by a round of applause by members of the Sisters of Loretto, co-members of the Loretto Community and local landowners who have led the local opposition to NGL pipelines.

  • 'Cake lady' steps down as mayor

    Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.
    "It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."
    Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.
    While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.

  • Dec. 31 is the final day to change voter registration

    Voters who are already registered should be aware that Dec. 31 is the final day to change their party registration for the 2015 primary election.
    The state constitutional offices will be on the ballot in 2015. These offices are governor/lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor of public accounts, commissioner of agriculture, secretary of state and treasurer.
    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 27 to file to run in the primary for those offices.
    First-time voters have until April 20 to register for the primary elections.
     

  • Former fire chief gets five years probation for abuse of public trust

     Former Raywick Fire Chief Charles A. "Chuck" Helm received five years of probation after pleading guilty to abuse of public trust less than $10,000.

    Helm, 54, of 1000 Hazy Downs Road in Raywick reached a plea agreement with the Commonwealth on Nov. 20. Marion Circuit Judge Allan Bertram approved unsupervised probation for Helm during a Dec. 18 sentencing hearing. 

    Bertram also ordered Helm to repay $20,000 to the Raywick Fire Department over the next seven years as a condition of his probation.

  • Fiscal court approves funding for local athlete, Christmas program

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved two funding requests during its Dec. 4 meeting.
    The court unanimously approved a total of $1,300 for Marion County High School volleyball player Shelby Goode. Goode is raising money to participate in the Down Under Sports Tournaments next summer in Australia.
    Goode told the court that she needs to raise around $6,000, and she has raised about half of that money already.