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Government

  • 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.

  • School board meets Thursday

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 26, at Lebanon Middle School.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Amend Agenda

    • Communications

    - Principal report/student presentations

    - Bullying prevention video

    - Operation Preparation

    - Superintendent report

  • New vehicle registration system saves time, money

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Some time- and cost-saving changes to Kentucky’s vehicle registration system are being implemented in county clerk offices across the Commonwealth.
    The vehicle registration system is changing to “print on demand” decals for license plate renewals. Instead of clerk offices having to stock booklets of preprinted decals, the new decals are printed at the time of registration.

  • Lawmakers urged to freeze gas tax, help roads

    By Tom Loftus
    Courier-Journal

    Editor’s note: This news story was written prior to the last two days of the legislative session.

    State and local government officials are warning road construction projects will be delayed, potholes will go unfilled and highway workers will be laid off if the General Assembly does not act quickly to stabilize Kentucky's plunging gas TAX collections.

  • Ban on powdered alcohol bottled up

    By Gregory A. Hall
    Courier-Journal

    A powdered form of alcohol — recently approved by federal regulators — poses a threat to responsible alcohol use and should be banned, Kentucky regulators and some traditional producers say.
    But a bill to do just that is stalled in the final days of the Kentucky General Assembly, which returned Monday for its penultimate day. Senate Bill 81 contains a ban on powdered alcohol along with other clean-up efforts sought by the state’s Alcoholic Beverage Control department.

  • County questions safety of NGL project

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has added its voice to those concerned about a plan to transport natural gas liquids through pipes already buried in Marion County.
    On March 19, the fiscal court unanimously approved a letter to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. In the letter, county officials expressed concerns about Kinder Morgan's plan to convert pipes that have been carrying natural gas for 50 or more years to carry natural gas liquids.

  • Around 100 attend meeting on proposed NGL pipeline

    Approximately 100 people attended a meeting March 19 at the Marion County Extension Office to discuss natural gas liquids (NGLs).

    The Tennessee Gas Pipeline (which is owned by Kinder Morgan) has applied to abandon part of an existing natural gas pipeline with plans to convert it to carry NGLs.