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Government

  • 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:

  • Pension woes continue with state teachers' retirement

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    Kentucky’s next pension headache is closer than you think.

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Greg Leichty

    Greg Leichty, 58, and his wife live in Louisville. They have two daughters, who are 29 and 26 years old.

    Leichty grew up on a farm in southeastern Iowa, but he came to Kentucky in 1978 as a community service volunteer in the Hazard area. He went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Kentucky. He taught at the University of South Alabama briefly before he was hired at the University of Louisville in 1991. 

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Tom Recktenwald

    Tom Recktenwald, 67, worked at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville, where he was a union representative, for 30 years until it closed. He recently retired after 14 years as the technology coordinator at Notre Dame Academy, a private elementary school in Louisville.

    He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 44 years. They have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.