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Government

  • Lebanon Post Office to celebrate 100 years

    The Lebanon Post Office will be celebrating 100 years of service, from its existing building, located at 101 E Main St., on Sept. 27 from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. on the front steps. The post office is inviting all retirees, and anyone that has worked there in the past, along with the general public.
    Refreshments will be provided and old photos will be available for viewing. A door prize will also be given away.
    For more information, contact Postmaster Tony M. Young at 270-692-2270.

  • $100k boost for Marion County Industries

    The Marion County Association for the Handicapped is looking for a new home for Marion County Industries, and last week they got some help in that effort.
    The Marion County Fiscal Court and the Marion County Industrial Foundation agreed to contribute $50,000 each in matching funds in order to qualify for a Community Development Block Grant.
    The initial grant application was submitted in April, and at that time the court agreed to put up $125,000 in matching funds while seeking a $495,000 grant.

  • Marion County Water District honored
  • Fiscal court meets Sept. 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. today, Sept. 19, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Annual and financial reports from the Marion County Soil Conservation District

    - Presentation on shop building boiler replacement

    - Jail inspection report

    - Road naming for mapping and E911 compliance purposes

    - Newspapers in Education request for 2013-14 school year

  • Your address might be changing

    Marion County has moved one step closer to implementing enhanced 911.
    On Sept. 5, the Marion County Fiscal Court voted 3-0 to approve the second reading of an ordinance establishing addressing standards for the county.
    (Magistrates Steve Masterson and John Arthur Elder III were not present at that meeting.)
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said county officials have started creating a list of street names that will need to be changed and streets that may have to be renumbered.

  • Eminent domain bill prefiled for 2014 session

    Eminent domain has been a hot topic related to the Bluegrass Pipeline, a proposed pipeline that would carry natural gas liquids from Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia through Kentucky and on to the Gulf Coast.
    Williams and Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, the companies working on the project, have said they believe they have the right to invoke eminent domain, although they would prefer to work out agreements with landowners along the proposed route.

  • City tax rate will increase by 3.7 percent

    Lebanon residents will see a 3.7 increase in their tax rate for 2013.
    The Lebanon City Council voted 4-0 to approve the second reading of the ordinance setting the tax rate during a special-called meeting Sept. 11. Councilman Jay Grundy and John R. Mattingly were not present for that meeting.
    The new tax rate for real and personal property will be 19.8 cents per $100 valuation. This is an increase over the 2012 rate of 19.1 cents per $100 valuation.

    Lebanon Aquatic Center

  • Kentucky hemp panel asks Ag Department to draft licensing rules

    By Janet Patton
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT - The Kentucky Industrial Hemp Commission voted Thursday to ask the state Department of Agriculture to begin drafting regulations to license farmers, with an eye to planting hemp in April.
    "Things are moving forward at a rapid pace," Agriculture Commissioner James Comer said afterward. "I think this is an exciting first step. History will decide whether this was a defining moment in Kentucky agriculture or not."

  • Garbage stink is finally aired out

    Collecting garbage is a dirty job, and since 1994, it’s caused a real stink between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the owner of Brookhaven Trailer Park.
    The county and Brookhaven Manor, Inc., have been in a legal battle since 1995, which finally came to a resolution recently.
    The legal battle began in July of 1994, when Paul Howard Jr., Brookhaven trailer park operator, stopped paying garbage collection bills after his payments were modified when Marion County Judge/Executive Dave Hourigan took office.

  • Flooding concerns shared with council

    Downtown business and property owners filled Lebanon City Hall Monday evening to air their concerns about flood water.
    Charles Mills of Chasers was the first person to address the council about recent downtown flooding.
    "I'm not here to raise hell. I ain't here to complain,” Mills said. He added they were there to help the city solve the problem.
    He recounted how the basement of his restaurant flooded as a result of heavy rainfall and how splashing water from passing cars created additional problems.