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Government

  • County clerk's office will close at 11 a.m. today

    The Marion County Clerk's Office will close at 11 a.m. today, March 25.

    The staff will be traveling to Frankfort, where State Rep. Terry Mills and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon will be honoring former County Clerk Karen Spalding at 2 p.m. in both houses of the legislature.

    Spalding, 57, died on Dec. 30. She was elected as county clerk in 2006 and won re-election in 2010.

    The public is invited to attend.

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m., Thursday, March 20.

  • Special city council meeting this afternoon

     The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to hold a special called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, March 20.

  • District 1 magistrate candidate: Monty Ray Mullins

    Monty Ray Mullins, 54, lives in Bradfordsville with his wife, Pamela. They have three children and five grandchildren. Mullins is a 1977 graduate of Marion County High School. He works at PDCI and O’Reilly’s.

    1. Why are you running for magistrate?

    MM: I'm pretty much a people person, and I like to help out any way I can.

    2.What experiences and education have prepared you to serve as magistrate?

  • District 1 magistrate candidate: Jackie Wicker

     Jackie Wicker, 72, lives in Bradfordsville with his wife, Ollie. They have a son and a daughter, four grandsons and two great-granddaughters. Wicker has his GED, and he has been a magistrate since 2003.

    1. Why are you running for re-election?

  • District 1 magistrate candidate: Bobby Hardin Jr.

    Bobby Hardin Jr., 49, lives on Garrett Lane. He has two songs. His is a graduate of Marion County High School, and he’s worked for the Marion County Road Department for 20 years.

    1. Why are you running for magistrate?

  • Temperature control system work underway at aquatic center

    The Lebanon City Council learned at its March 10 meeting that the Desert Aire system, which controls the temperature at the Lebanon Aquatic Center, would arrive soon.
    City Administrator John O. Thomas said Monday that the system has arrived. He added that a few weeks of work were needed outside before the interior work begins.
    The pool is open now, but Thomas added that the pool might be closed for about a week when the interior work is completed.

    In other Lebanon City Council news:

  • Emergency management director warns against burning today

    It will be dangerous to attempt controlled burns this afternoon and evening, March 14, according to Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson.

    He advised that wind gusts between 35 and 40 miles per hour are expected from the southwest this afternoon and evening.

    He also reminded county residents that burning is banned from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. within 150 feet of any wooded area, and high winds will be burning “ill-advised” after 6 tonight.

  • Conservation district seeking taxing authority

    The Marion County Soil Conservation District received $50,000 from the Marion County Fiscal Court during the current fiscal year.
    During the 2014-15 fiscal year, however, the district’s board of supervisors hope to increase its local revenue to $100,000. To do so, they are seeking permission to become a taxing district. The supervisors presented their proposal during the March 6 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.

  • Bill would make way for medical marijuana clinical trials

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    Medical marijuana has been a topic for debate with no prospect of advancing in this year’s legislative session.
    But Sen. Denise Harper Angel hopes a bill she filed Thursday calling for clinical trials of the illicit substance will provide a starting point for officials to study its medicinal benefits.