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Government

  • General Assembly begins 2011 session

    The 2011 Kentucky General Assembly convened yesterday for four days of organizational and administrative meetings. The legislature will reconvene Feb. 1 to debate and vote on proposed legislation.

    The Democrats remain in control of the Kentucky House of Representatives, while Republicans remain the majority party in the Kentucky Senate.

  • Police stack the deck to crack unsolved cases

    KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer was joined today by multiple law enforcement agencies to unveil the first ever statewide ‘Kentucky Unsolved Cases Initiative’ in anticipation that playing cards will deal clues in unsolved cases.
    The project involves a two-prong approach including the development of a playing card deck highlighting 52 unsolved homicide, missing person and unidentified remains cases that have occurred throughout the state followed by a media blitz to create interest in the initiative.  

  • Four county officials take oath of office

    Four Marion County elected officials took the oath of office shortly after noon Dec. 20 at the Marion County courthouse.

  • County approves budget for county clerk, sheriff and water district

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the 2011 budgets for the Marion County clerk's office, the sheriff's office and the Marion County Water District during its Dec. 16 meeting.

    The county clerk's budget estimated for 2011 is $2.74 million. This is a decrease from the 2010 budget, which County Clerk Karen Spalding estimated will be near $3 million.

  • County approves budget for county clerk, sheriff and water district

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the 2011 budgets for the Marion County clerk's office, the sheriff's office and the Marion County Water District during its Dec. 16 meeting.

    The county clerk's budget estimated for 2011 is $2.74 million. This is a decrease from the 2010 budget, which County Clerk Karen Spalding estimated will be near $3 million.

  • Four county officials have taken the oath of office

    Four Marion County elected officials took the oath of office shortly after noon Dec. 20 at the Marion County courthouse.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady, Marion County Sheriff-Elect Jimmy Clements and Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding took the oath of office. Circuit Judge Allan Bertram administered the oath.

    Mattingly, Brady and Spalding were re-elected Nov. 2. Sheriff-elect Clements does not officially become the sheriff until Jan. 1, but he was required to take the oath of office on or before that date.

  • Final council meeting for Osbourne, Pickerill

    Monday night was the final regular meeting for Lebanon city council members Elizabeth Ann Osbourne and Bill Pickerill.

    Both were first elected in 2000, and both mark the end of 10 years of service with the Dec. 13 meeting.

    Pickerill said it had been an honor to serve the community.

  • Lebanon City Council meeting at 7 p.m.

    Here are the items on the agenda for the Dec. 13 meeting of the Lebanon City Council. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. at city hall.

    - Lebanon tourism director Chris Hamilton will speak with the council regarding the wayfinding system for the heritage trail.

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Bills

    - City reports

    - Old business

    - New business:

  • Along for the ride

    Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge is driving through Brookhaven when a woman walking her own dog waves him down. She points out a friendly, "black and tan" dog that has no tags and no owner.

    Wooldridge parks and gets out to find another Brookhaven resident has picked up the dog. The man hands it over to Wooldridge, who then loads it into a cage in the back of his vehicle.

  • Don't miss the vote

    The 2011 primary election may be more than five months away, but registered voters need to decide soon if they want to change parties for that election. In Kentucky, registered voters are only eligible to vote in the primary election for the party in which they are registered by the end of the year.