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Government

  • Bill would prohibit drivers' cellphone use near schools, in work zones in Kentucky

    By Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — On Labor Day weekend in 2007, Hillary Coltharp, then 26, tried to return a text message on her cellphone while driving. She lost control of her convertible on Interstate 24 in McCracken County, resulting in a horrific crash.
    The accident dramatically changed her and her family's lives. With the family's support, her story is being used today by police and public highway officials in Kentucky to urge state lawmakers to adopt tougher measures on phone usage while driving.

  • State issues grants to clean up illegal dumps in 24 counties

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Frankfort – The Energy and Environment Cabinet Monday announced that about $1.36 million in grant funding has been awarded by the Kentucky Pride Fund for cleanup of 129 illegal dumps in 24 counties across the state.
    These counties have been awarded grants: Breathitt, Bullitt, Carlisle, Christian, Clark, Crittenden, Cumberland, Elliott, Green, Hart, Henderson, Lee, Leslie, Lincoln, Logan, Madison, Magoffin, Marion, Mason, Warren, Wayne, Whitley, Wolfe and Woodford.

  • Letter from Texas inmate makes bomb threat against sheriff’s office, judicial center

     Thursday, the Marion County Clerk’s Office received a letter threatening to place and detonate two bombs in the Marion County Sheriff’s Office and the courthouse.

    The letter was signed with the name Dillon Steele, according to Sheriff Jimmy Clements. The letter was addressed to the Marion County Court Clerk, but had the address of the David R. Hourigan Building, which is where the sheriff’s office is located.

  • Fiscal court meets today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Request for funding for the “Chautauqua in the Schools” program

    - Proclamation of January at School Board Member Recognition Month

    - Proclamation of Jan. 17 at Rev. Tommy Calhoun Day in Marion County

  • City residents, businesses reminded to post address numbers

    The City of Lebanon would like to remind residents that a city ordinance requires address numbers to be posted on all dwellings, businesses and homes within city limits. Numbers should be at least four inches tall and posted so they are easily visible from the street.
    John Thompson, the city’s building inspector, said the city wants to remind residents that the law is in place to meet requirements to implement enhanced 911. He said residents have until April 1 to post the numbers.

  • First candidate files for county judge

    Douglas Lee Mattingly is the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring in the 2014 race for Marion County judge/executive.
    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 28 to file their nomination papers for the 2014 primary elections.
    Here are the candidates who have filed so far, according the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. An (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.

    U.S. Senate
    Republicans: Matt Bevin of Louisville, Gurley L. Martin of Owensboro and Mitch McConnell (I)

  • Tourist commission, city council have meetings on Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are each scheduled to meet Monday, Jan. 13.

    The tourist commission will meet at 3:30 p.m. in room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Mary Kay Clements on behalf of the Marion County Heritage Center

    - Minutes of the Dec. 9 meeting

    - Treasurer's report

    - Executive director's report

    - New business: STR report clustering

    - Old business: delegation and downtown sound system

  • State senator holding coffee with constituents Jan. 14

     State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) is holding a coffee with constituents at 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce in Lebanon.

    Higdon will speak about the 2014 legislative session. The coffee is open to anyone who would like to attend.

  • Karen Spalding was the ‘epitome’ of public service

    Family, friends and community members filled St. Augustine Church Friday to say good-bye to Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding.

    “She cared and she showed it. Live up to that,” Fr. Mark Spalding told those gathered for the funeral Mass.

    Spalding died Dec. 30 at Norton Hospital in Louisville where she was being treated after suffering a heart attack. She was 57.

  • Sandusky appointed as acting clerk

    Following the death of Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly was charged with appointing an acting clerk.
    Ann Sandusky, who has worked in the county clerk’s office for seven years, was appointed last week to serve the remainder of Spalding’s term, which expires Dec. 31.
    Sandusky said the office feels overwhelmed without Spalding, and they will be busy in the coming months notifying voters of changes to the county’s voting precincts.