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Government

  • Do you need assistance with your heating costs?

    Beginning Monday January 13, 2014, your local Community Action Office will be assisting families of low-income with the LIHEAP CRISIS Program.
    To be eligible for Crisis funds you must be in a heating crisis.  You must have a past due/disconnect notice from the electric or natural gas company or be out of bulk fuel within 4 days if using propane, fuel oil or kerosene, or wood, or a formal eviction notice from your landlord if heating expenses are included in the rent.

  • Fiscal court approves harassment training for employees

    Marion County employees and officials might be undergoing sexual harassment training in 2014.
    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly presented a proposal to the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Dec. 19 meeting.
    “After what’s happened from everything to the NFL to the state house with Representative [John] Arnold from a liability standpoint, it would be good if we had access to training in harassment,” Judge Mattingly said.
    Arnold resigned his seat in the Kentucky House of Representatives but has denied the allegations.

  • Local legislators getting ready for 2014 session

    State Rep. Terry Mills and State Sen. Jimmy Higdon have each prefiled bills for the 2014 General Assembly, which begins Jan. 7.
    Their bills deal with texting and driving, gambling addiction, and eminent domain, although they agreed the budget would be the biggest issue the legislature will address during the 60-day session.
    Mills’ first bill (BR 53) is similar to one he has introduced in previous sessions. This bill would set aside funding to help provide treatment for people with gambling addictions.

  • Fiscal court to meet today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. today, Dec. 19, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
    The agenda for today’s meeting includes:
    - The minutes of the previous meeting
    - 2014 county holiday schedule
    - Approved of second 2013-14 allocations for county fire departments
    - State Auditor’s report on the sheriff’s budget for year ending Dec. 31, 2012
    - Appointment of Marion County Extension District Board members
    - Staff, employee and public official training for the first quarter of 2014

  • City seeks to condemn Walnut Street property

    On Dec. 2, the City of Lebanon filed a petition of condemnation in Marion Circuit Court against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives.
    The city is seeking to condemn the property at 304 E. Walnut Street, which is at the corner of Woodlawn and Walnut Streets. According to the petition, the property is “vacant, abandoned and neglected.”

  • A year later, Taylor County shelter doing 'best we can'

    It's been about a year since magistrates decided to no longer house animals from other counties at Taylor County Animal Shelter.
    And since then, officials say, changes have been made to see the shelter become even better than it used to be.
    Last year, allegations were made claiming the shelter wasn't operating as it should. Protesters stood at the shelter with homemade signs proclaiming that the shelter wasn't clean and animals were not being treated properly.

  • Cities will need to name electrical inspectors

    In April, the county voted to name Coy Neat as its electrical inspector. Now, Marion County’s incorporated cities may need to consider if they want to name their own inspector.
    Michael Shannon, the county’s former electrical inspector, now serves as the State Electrical Inspector for the Department of Housing, Building and Construction. He told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Dec. 5 meeting that the state would be enforcing a law that has been on the books since the 1980s.
    "They are no longer going to be ignored," Shannon said.

  • Legislation will reignite debate on allowing casinos in Kentucky

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    After years of debate, Kentuckians might get a chance next November to allow casinos in Kentucky.
    Legislation introduced Wednesday by Speaker of the House Pro Tem Larry Clark, D-Louisville, would put a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling on the Nov. 2014 ballot.

  • County office closings for Memorial Day

     All county government offices will be closed Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday

    This includes the County Judge/Executive's Office, the PVA Office, the County Clerk's Office, and the County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office will respond to calls, but those calls will go through the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 270-692-2121.

    County offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 27.

  • Candidate filings for 2014 elections

    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 – Matt Bevin, Republican.
    While neither has officially filed, incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both been campaigning for Senate as well.