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Government

  • E911, fiscal court meetings are Thursday

    Members of the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council will be discussing E911 during a meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
    For the past two years, city and county officials have been working together to bring E911 service to Marion County. The meeting is intended to update local officials on the progress toward implementing the service and to discuss agreements about operating costs going forward.

  • U.S. Senate reaches deal to end government shutdown

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Just before the federal government declared default, the U.S. Senate announced Oct. 16 that it reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and get the federal government working again. The Senate and House must voted on the measure. Only then did a bill emerge that President Obama signed.

  • Who’ll stop the rain?

    Local and state officials met with engineers, city workers and property owners Friday morning to discuss the recurring flooding problems that have been affecting downtown Lebanon.

    “Everyone’s aware of the issue now, and they realize something needs to be done,” said George Graves, who owns the Xpressions building on S. Spalding Avenue.

    City Administrator John O. Thomas said the city has experienced flood events previously, but this past year the problem affected a larger section of downtown.

  • Legislative meet and greet Saturday

    The Marion County Friends of the Library will host a meet and greet event with State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, State Rep. Terry Mills, Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly from 9-10 a.m. Oct. 19 in the large meeting room at the Marion County Public Library. 

  • Lincoln Trail offering assistance with Kynect

    On Oct. 1, kynect.ky.gov went live. This is Kentucky’s health benefits exchange, which was created as part of the implementation of the Affordable Care Act.

    Through the exchange, individuals can enroll in private health insurance plans or Medicaid (if they meet eligibility requirements).

    Anyone who is having problems navigating the website can contact an in-person assister, also known as a kynector.

  • Jail may need more funding from county

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady returned to the Marion County Fiscal Court Thursday seeking approval for a $60,000 transfer, if needed.

    The court unanimously approved the request.

    Marion County Treasurer Kevin Cochran told the court if that transfer is necessary, it will be in addition to the $120,000 the county has already transferred to the jail this fiscal year.

  • Taylor County Deputy charged with federal drug crimes

    By Calen McKinney 

    Landmark News Service

    A sheriff’s deputy has been fired for allegedly breaking the law he worked to uphold.

    Taylor County Sheriff’s Deputy William “Billy” Rice was charged Tuesday morning with federal drug crimes and taken to a jail in Bowling Green.

  • City council discusses flood study, costs

    Three times this year, downtown Lebanon has flooded due to heavy rains. 

    Following Monday’s regular meeting, the Lebanon City Council spent more than an hour in a work session with representatives of O’Brien and Gere Engineers about what steps are needed to address the problem.

    The initial proposal is to complete a study that would include a topographic study, aerial photogrammetric mapping, hydraulic models and technical memorandums. The cost for completing this study is $118,787.

  • Celebrating 100 Years of Service

    The Lebanon Post Office celebrated its 100th anniversary on Friday, Sept. 27. John Bramel provided photos of the staff of the post office from 1913, and a photo of the current staff.

  • Green River campgrounds, day-use parks may close temporarily

    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is preparing for the possible closure of campgrounds and day-use parks under their jurisdiction as a result of the federal government shutdown that took effect Oct. 1. Green River Lake is one of these areas.

    Affected areas will not reopen until the shutdown ends. Visitors are encouraged to contact local park offices or the Louisville District Army Corps of Engineers office for information. Visitors can also find information on USACE websites (www.usace.army.mil).