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Government

  • Stepfather of bullying victim wants tougher Kentucky law

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The stepfather of a 12-year-old girl who died of an intentional drug overdose in December after she was repeatedly harassed by students from her school is asking Nelson County’s state legislators to look into strengthening Kentucky’s statute on bullying.
    Bill Hack attended a community forum Jan. 16 with Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown. Accompanied by another man, Jonathan Hahn, he suggested that legislators look at New Jersey’s law as a starting point.

  • 2 separate bills in House and Senate could make medical marijuana a reality

    By Brad Bowman
    Frankfort State Journal

    After going through a gauntlet of steroids, muscle relaxers, chemotherapy, interferon injections and opiates to manage his multiple sclerosis, Jaimie Montalvo found using marijuana less debilitating than the side effects of his prescription medications.
    Two separate bills in the House and Senate could make medical marijuana a legal reality for many like Montalvo in Kentucky, who see it as an alternative to the unwanted side effects from addictive opiates commonly prescribed by physicians.

  • Marion County leading state in job growth

    Marion County had the highest job growth of any county in Kentucky during 2014.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty shared that announcement during the Jan. 22 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Marion County announced seven new projects last year that are expected to create nearly 500 new jobs, according to an email from Joe Hall of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund.

    In other business:

  • School board meets Thursday

     The Marion County Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Marion County High School.

    The agenda is as follows.

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

    • Communications

    - Student showcase

    - School Board Member Recognition Month

    - District Wellness Update

    - Finance teport

    - SBDM & board members round table discussion

    • Student Learning Services

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda is as follows.

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Road fund resolution.

    • Mandated House Bill 5 required personal information policy

    • Interest refund to Rescue Squad

  • City to host kick-off for bi-centennial celebration on Jan. 28

    The City of Lebanon celebrates 200 years this year and several events are planned. To kick things off, the city is hosting a bi-centennial reception for all those who have served on the council in the past and present. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. During the reception, the city will present a proclamation for 200 years of community and progress. Upon approval by the council, all in attendance will be asked to sign the proclamation. Once framed, it will hang in Lebanon City Hall for future generations to examine.

  • Central Kentucky Community Action back on its feet

    Two years ago, the future of Central Kentucky Community Action Council, Inc., was uncertain.
    The agency was experiencing significant financial difficulties, which resulted to changes in their transportation program for senior citizens and to their Head Start program in an effort to reduce expenses. At that time, Lynn Robey, executive director of Central Kentucky Community Action, spoke with government agencies in Marion and surrounding counties and asked for additional financial support in hopes of getting the agency back on its feet.

  • Tax abatement request denied for PDCI

    The Lebanon City Council recently denied a request from Pacific Die Cut Industries (PDCI) Automotive LLC for a five-year tax abatement.
    The company, which makes components for the automotive and transportation industries, located in Lebanon in 2011. They have been renting their facility on Danville Highway for three years, according to Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw, and are building a new facility with plans of using their current facility for storage purposes.

  • School board holding special-called meeting Thursday

     The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 15, at the board office.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    • Call to Order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

    • Communications/Work Session

    - Discussion - Superintendent Evaluation

    - Discussion - Guaranteed Energy Savings Contract

    - Discussion - Policy and Procedure (public comment)

    - Discussion - Staff Drug Testing

  • County moves a little closer to testing E911

    Marion County continues to get a little closer to implementing Enhanced 911.
    "We're ready to go hot with this thing, been ready for six months," said Keith Brock, the county's solid waste and environmental coordinator, during the Jan. 8 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.
    "We've been ready for 12 years," Magistrate Jackie Wicker replied.