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Government

  • PRIMARY ELECTION: Two Republicans seek to become next attorney general

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    State Sen. Whitney Westerfield from Hopkinsville and Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan – the two Republican candidates for attorney general – will face off in the May 19 primary.
    The attorney general, elected to a four-year term, serves several roles, including the state’s chief prosecutor, law enforcement officer and the chief law officer. He supervises prosecutors in Kentucky and writes opinions to advise government agencies and officials of the law.

  • School board meets at 6 p.m. today

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 16, at the board office.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Communications

    -Campbellsville University student recognition

    - Superintendent report

    - NSBA Conference report

    - Finance report

    - Committees update

    1. Substitute Data Committee

    2. Public Comment Committee

  • Fiscal court meets at 4 p.m. today

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m.  Thursday, April 16, at the David R. Hourigan Building.

    The agenda includes the following

    • Minutes of the previous meeting 

    • Presentation on refinancing judicial center building bonds by Lonnie Campbell of KACO and Keith Brock of civic finance

    • Consider allowing Bradfordsville to dispose of large items at the transfer station on May 9

  • Four polling places will be moving

    Voters in the Calvary, Firehouse, Glasscock and St. Charles precincts will be going somewhere new to cast their ballots in the Primary Election on May 19.
    "We're trying to keep them as close as possible to where they are now," Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly said.
    Three of those precincts have been moved from inside schools to other locations. Marion County Public Schools officials have been discussing moving those polling places with the county clerk because the change will allow the school district to use election day as a make-up day.

  • Election: Five Democrats trying to replace outgoing treasurer

    Kentucky Democrats will have plenty of options when they go to the polls May 19 to select their nominees.
    Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is in the final year of his second term in office, so he is ineligible for re-election.
    Neville Blakemore of Louisville, Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Daniel B. Grossberg of Louisville, Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling and Rick Nelson of Middlesboro are seeking to succeed Hollenbach.

  • Sen. Higdon adds more committees to his list

    President Robert Stivers (R-Manchester) recently appointed State Senator Jimmy Higdon (R-Lebanon) to the Education Committee of the Southern Legislative Conference (SLC). The SLC fosters and encourages intergovernmental cooperation among its 15-member states.

  • Three Republicans seek to be next state treasurer

    By Linda Ireland
    Landmark News Service

    In March, 13 state office seekers attended the LaRue County Republican Party’s chili supper.
    Jon Larson (R-Lexington) was unique among the candidates. He wants to abolish the office he is running for.
    Larson said the state treasurer office is an “insignificant overpaid job with no real power.”

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Annual Report of District 4 Highway Supervisor Patty Dunaway

    • Youth soccer annual request

    • Resolution to make April Autism Awareness Month.

    • Proclamation that April 3 be Arbor Day.

    • Annual contribution to the Heartland Safe Community Coalition

  • Committee to discuss school board's public comment policy today

    The Marion County Board of Education Committee was established to review the board’s public comment policy. The committee is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 2, at the Marion County Board of Education Central Office. 

    This is an open meeting to the public.

    The agenda of the committee meeting includes:

    - Chairperson election

    - Discussion of the committee’s purpose

    - Current public comment policy

    - Other district policies

    - Discussion

    - Timeline

  • Election: State reps looking for a bigger office

    With the 2015 General Assembly concluded, at least two state legislators hope they won’t be back for the 2016 session.
    State Rep. Richard Heath (R-Mayfield) and State Rep. Ryan Quarles (R-Georgetown) are hoping to succeed outgoing Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer, who is running for governor.
    The winner of the Republican primary between Heath and Quarles will face the lone Democrat in the race, Jean-Marie Lawson Spann, in November.