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Government

  • Primary election is Tuesday

    Tuesday, May 20, is primary election day in Kentucky.

    The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    As a reminder, here are the contested races on the Marion County ballot along with links to stories about the candidates in those races:

    • County judge/executive http://goo.gl/QDcrDv

    • District One magistrate http://goo.gl/S1HikF

    • District Three magistrate http://goo.gl/kgS2vF

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. May 15 on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following: 

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Audit report by White and Co. for FY ending June 30, 2013

    • Request for support for Senior Companion Program through Central Kentucky Community Action

  • Position, population and experience can affect elected officials pay

    When voters go to the polls on May 20 and on Nov. 4, they will be voting for a variety of federal, state and local officials.
    While voters know that their taxes are used to compensate these officials, they might not know what each of these officials are paid.
    Here is a closer look at what compensation officials receive at each level of government for the current year. For many positions, the salaries for 2015 have not yet been determined.

    Federal offices

  • Know where to vote before May 20

    May 20 will be the first time Marion County voters go to the polls using new precincts that were put approved based on data from the 2010 Census. The county approved new magisterial districts in 2011, but the state did not approve the new precincts until late last year.
    The Marion County Clerk’s Office mailed thousands of postcards to county residents who may have seen a change in their precinct and where they vote.
    When the county redefined the magisterial districts, it also switched from using letters to numbers to identify those districts.

  • Tourism, city council meet today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are each scheduled to meet Monday, May 12.

    The tourist commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. on the third floor of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of April meetings

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive director's report

    • New business, including commmisioners offices

    • Old business, including pole banners

  • Rep. Mills’ House Bill 47 is signed by Governor Beshear
  • County a little closer to E911 implementation

    Marion County has submitted its master street addressing guide (MSAG) to Windstream. If the county’s MSAG is at least 95 percent accurate, then the county will be able to start receiving cell phone fees to cover the costs of Enhanced 911 service.
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said he sent the MSAG to Windstream as soon as he received it.

  • Democrats hope their nominee will reclaim Senate seat

    Four candidates are lined up to run in the May 20 primary in hopes of becoming the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in November.
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has the most name recognition of any Democrat in the race, but the ballot will also include college professor Greg Leichty, retiree Tom Recktenwald and Burrel Charles Farnsley.
    Leichty and Recktenwald participated in phone interviews with the Enterprise last week. Transcripts of those interviews are available here: http://goo.gl/wyiHyd (Leichty) and http://goo.gl/z3Yk4n (Recktenwald).

  • Magistrates’ pay will go up 38 percent in 2015

    During its May 1 meeting, a majority of the Marion County Fiscal Court voted in favor of increasing the magistrates pay by nearly 38 percent starting in January.
    The court voted 3-1 to approve a resolution setting the compensation for the magistrates, the county coroner, the deputy coroner and the county attorney starting in January 2015.
    Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers voted against the resolution, and Magistrate John Arthur Elder was not present at last week's meeting.

  • Five Marion County projects included in state road plan

    The 2014 General Assembly has wrapped up with a new road plan, and according to local legislators, Marion County residents should see projects underway during the next two years.
    Five projects have been assigned $10.2 million in funding for the next biennium.
    State Representative Terry Mills explained that those projects have been designated for the highest priority funding from the state.
    “If it doesn’t happen, then I’m going to be talking to somebody,” Mills said.
    The projects approved for the highest priority funding are: