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Government

  • Water rate talks reach boiling point

    The water rate discussion between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council has reached a boiling point. The council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance increasing the water rates Monday evening, and it’s likely the issue will now bubble over into Public Service Commission territory.

  • Labor Day closings

    All county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. There will be no garbage pickup Monday. Instead, the county will be doing a double route on Tuesday. Please have trash out early.
    The Marion County Clerk’s Office will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The clerk’s office will reopen at 8:20 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5.
    Lebanon City Hall will also be closed Monday. The Marion County Public Library is closed on Monday, as well.

  • Getting started, changing paths, starting over

    Felicia Hazelwood, 41, of Lebanon is on her way to becoming a certified medical assistant and making a better life for herself and her nine-year-old son.
    Kambron Hayden, 19, of Springfield is working part-time at Barber Cabinets while also going to college to earn his industrial maintenance degree.
    Amy Badgett, 41 of Lebanon is working a fulltime job at Inter County Energy after having worked in the fast food business for approximately 10 years. She considers her job at Inter County a “once in a lifetime opportunity.”

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The regular called meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court was held Thursday. Aug. 17.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty reported that all state unemployment insurance staff members will be pulled from Career Centers around the state. Unemployed insurance claims across the state will be handled via the Internet going forward.

  • Water rate war bubbling up between city, county

    What is water – specifically clean water – worth?
    That continues to be debated amongst the Lebanon Water Works Company, the Lebanon City Council, the Marion County Water District and the Marion County Fiscal Court.
    The Lebanon City Council unanimously approved a rate increase for Lebanon Water Works Company at its July meeting. The Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer, and will be impacted significantly by the rate increase.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting Aug. 3.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty read a proclamation declaring Friday, Aug. 4, as Marion County Little League Softball Day. The court presented certificates to players and coaches of the two Little League Softball All-Star teams.
    In other matters, magistrates:
    • Approve a pauper funeral expense to be paid to Campbell-Dewitt Funeral Home. 

  • Magistrates concerned about ‘hefty’ water rate increase

    Marion County water customers could soon be paying more for their water each month, which wasn’t welcomed news at the Marion County Fiscal Court meeting last week.
    The Lebanon City Council recently approved a rate increase for Lebanon Water Works Company, and the Marion County Water District is Lebanon Water Works’ largest customer. The Marion County Water District is a distribution-only system, and has a 40-year contract with Lebanon Water Works.

  • City approves water rate increase

    Water, better yet, clean water, is something we expect to flow out of our faucets when we turn them on.
    It’s something many of us take for granted.
    That is, until we don’t have it.
    Take the residents of Charlestown, Indiana, for example.
    Charlestown has around 2,900 water customers, many of whom battle with brown water coming out of their faucets. Engineers and city officials attribute the discolored water to manganese build up in the city’s aging pipe system.

  • County to close CD&D landfill soon

    The county’s current CD&D landfill will likely have to be closed by 2018, and the Marion County Fiscal Court will have to decide on a future CD&D site within the next few months. That’s not going to be an easy or cheap task, according to Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock.
    Currently, the county operates a CD&D landfill, which is located at 1034 Adam Hughes Memorial Parkway. It’s located on land leased for $25,000 a year from Nally & Haydon.

  • ‘We all win when you win’

    Barbara Victoria has watched three of her friends lose their sons to drug addiction this year. One of them died just three weeks ago.
    “I had to go up and put my hand on this young man’s heart who was laying in his casket,” she said. “As a mother, I needed to touch him. It was so profound to me. The people we’re losing are all our sons and daughters. Every one of them is a loss for us.”