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Government

  • 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.

  • Road department ready for one more round of snow

     As of Monday, the Marion County road department had enough salt and other materials available to handle one more round of snow.

    Marion County Road Supervisor Tommy Lee said it takes about 80 tons to treat the roads when it snows. Last week, Lee purchased a round of sand and calcium chloride mix from IMI, which his department mixed with salt to treat the roads during the weekend’s snow. 

    “I’ve got about one more round left,” Lee said Monday.

  • New electric franchise agreement nearing for city, KU

     It’s been 20 years since the City of Lebanon approved a franchise agreement with Kentucky Utilities. If the city council approves a recommendation from Mayor Gary Crenshaw, KU customers could start paying a higher franchise fee, but the effect on monthly bills would be slight.

    The city’s current agreement was signed May 9, 1994, with Kentucky Utilities. 

  • Fiscal court approves E911 equipment purchase

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved purchasing equipment needed to implement Enhanced 911.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said equipment will cost around $70,000, and it includes hardware, software and monitors for two dispatchers.

    The county previously received a $120,000 CMRS grant to help cover the cost of the equipment.

    “We’re in good shape as far as the equipment cost,” Mattingly said Monday in a phone interview.

  • Slim majority supports allowing medical marijuana in Kentucky

     By Janet Patton

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A slim majority of Kentucky voters is ready to legalize medical marijuana, according to a Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll.

    The survey asked 1,082 registered voters whether they favored or opposed allowing the use of medical marijuana in Kentucky; 52 percent were in favor, 37 percent were opposed and 12 percent were not sure.

  • House Speaker Stumbo says tough road ahead for governor’s tax plan

     By Kevin Wheatley

    The State Journal

    House Speaker Greg Stumbo called the prospects of passing the governor’s tax reform package unveiled Feb. 4 — a proposal that could raise nearly $210 million in new revenue — “daunting.”

  • City council meets Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 10, at city hall.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Delegations

    - Approval of minutes

    - Payment of bills

    - Department reports

    - Old business

    - New business:

    • A resolution to apply for assistance from the state revolving loan program under the federal drinking water revolving fund

    • An ordinance creating a franchise for the erection, laying and maintenance of electric facilities

  • City council holding work session Friday on KU franchise agreement

    The Lebanon City Council will be holding a work session at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 7, at city hall.

    During the session, the council will discuss its upcoming franchise renewal agreement with Kentucky Utilities.