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Government

  • 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.

  • 'Catfish' takes reigns as PVA

    Marion County's new public valuation administrator was sworn in Monday morning at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Terry "Catfish" Rakes took the oath of office in front of a small gathering of family and friends. The PVA takes over on the first Monday in December. Other county and local officials will take office in January.

  • County renews health insurance

    After hours of discussions and weeks of consideration, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved the health insurance plan for county employees during its Dec. 2 meeting.

    The court voted 4-1 to renew a plan offered by Humana Insurance. Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers cast the opposing vote, noting that he would have prefered a plan offered by United Health Care.

  • Is tourism's future in doubt?

    Jim Richardson resigned from the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission (LTCC) last week stating that he no longer has the energy to fight Lebanon City Councilman Kenny Marrett who, as Richardson put it, is on a "mission to destroy" the LTCC.

  • Councilman-elect arrested

    Jerry Abell, who was elected to the Lebanon City Council Nov. 2, was arrested Saturday, Nov. 27, on charges of alcohol intoxication in a public place, disorderly conduct and resisting arrest.

  • Mills had huge financial edge in fall campaign

    State Rep. Terry Mills won re-election with a strong show of support from Marion County voters, but his campaign also received a financial boost from contributors from around the state and country.

    According to the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, Mills had more than 27 times more funding for his campaign than his opponent, Leo Johnson of Casey County.

  • Voting for a change

    Three sitting school board members were seeking to return to the board, but in all three races the voters picked their challengers instead.

    In District Three, Michael Mullins swept all three precincts (courthouse, Calvary and Hamilton Heights) in a race against Alex Ackermann. He won by a margin of nearly two to one, 717 votes to 360 votes.

  • County, city officials discuss revising animal ordinance

    The City of Lebanon animal control ordinance took effect in September of 2008.

    But before the final version of the ordinance was approved, the city and the Marion County Fiscal Court approved a memorandum of agreement allowing Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge to enforce the ordinance.

    That original agreement was for six months, and Monday night, Wooldridge spoke with the city council about revisiting the ordinance.