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Government

  • 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.

  • 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.