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Government

  • 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.

  • Tourist commission, city council have meetings on Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 10, at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes:

    - Minutes of the Feb. 17 meeting

    - Treasurer's report

    - Executive director's report

    - New business

    • Budget review

    • Board retreat review

    - Old business

    • Quilt show report

    City council meets at 7 p.m.

  • Fiscal court meets today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, March 6.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of previous meeting

    - Audit of sheriffs tax settlement for year ending April 2013

    - Review Sheriff Compliance Audit  letter for use of KLEFPE Funds

    - Marion County Conservation District's  “Special District” status request

    - Request from KSP for West Marion Elementary School DARE program costs

  • Judicial center, library are closed today

    The Marion County Judicial Center and the Marion County Public Library will be closed today, Monday, March 3.

    Marion County Circuit Clerk Kim May said all cases that were scheduled for today have been reset for 9 a.m. Friday, March 7.

    The library announced on its Facebook page that it will be closed due to the poor driving conditions throughout the county and slick condition of the library's parking lot. The library will delete any overdue fines that may result from the closure.

  • Fiscal court supports kids fishing program

    The Marion County Sheriff’s Office turned in $65,000 in excess fees to the Marion County Fiscal Court last week, but the court gave away some money as well.
    Jason Spalding appeared before the Marion County Fiscal Court on Feb. 20 seeking assistance for the Fishing for Kids program. Spalding told the magistrates that the program has attracted hundreds of children from in and around Marion County, but this year they lost one of their sponsors. The court encouraged Spalding to find an organization to oversee the event and to put some fund-raisers in effect for next year.

  • Key bills moving slowly in Kentucky legislature

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, KY. — With less than 30 meeting days remaining in Kentucky‘s 2014 General Assembly, only two of the more than 570 proposed bills have been signed into law: one sets a deadline for creating voter precincts and the second expands prescribing power for nurses.
    Left hanging are numerous high-profile proposals on tax reform, gambling, heroin abuse, minimum wage and the use of eminent domain to build the Bluegrass Pipeline — with most moving at a glacial pace, if at all.

  • Road department ready for one more round of snow

     As of Monday, the Marion County road department had enough salt and other materials available to handle one more round of snow.

    Marion County Road Supervisor Tommy Lee said it takes about 80 tons to treat the roads when it snows. Last week, Lee purchased a round of sand and calcium chloride mix from IMI, which his department mixed with salt to treat the roads during the weekend’s snow. 

    “I’ve got about one more round left,” Lee said Monday.

  • New electric franchise agreement nearing for city, KU

     It’s been 20 years since the City of Lebanon approved a franchise agreement with Kentucky Utilities. If the city council approves a recommendation from Mayor Gary Crenshaw, KU customers could start paying a higher franchise fee, but the effect on monthly bills would be slight.

    The city’s current agreement was signed May 9, 1994, with Kentucky Utilities. 

  • Fiscal court approves E911 equipment purchase

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved purchasing equipment needed to implement Enhanced 911.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said equipment will cost around $70,000, and it includes hardware, software and monitors for two dispatchers.

    The county previously received a $120,000 CMRS grant to help cover the cost of the equipment.

    “We’re in good shape as far as the equipment cost,” Mattingly said Monday in a phone interview.