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Government

  • City kicks off bicentennial celebration

    Current and former city officials gathered Wednesday at Lebanon City Hall to mark the city's 200th anniversary.
    On Jan. 28, 1815, the city of Lebanon was officially incorporated.
    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw signed a proclamation to mark the occasion.
    The proclamation reads that Lebanon is the geographic center of the state and has become a center of commerce and industry, and that none of the city's accomplishments would have been possible without the "vision, leadership, and dedication of its citizens."

  • Election 2015: Candidates set for primary

    Two sitting state officials will be vying to represent their respective parties in this year's gubernatorial election.
    Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer has filed to run in the Republican primary, while Attorney General Jack Conway is running for the Democratic nomination.
    Comer's running mate is State Sen. Chris McDaniel of Taylor Mill. Conway is running with State. Rep. Sannie Overly of Louisville.
    While Comer and Conway may be the well known candidates in the field, both are facing opposition in the primary.

  • Farm Bureau to host legislative forum Jan. 31

    Marion County Farm Bureau will be hosting its annual legislative forum at 8:30 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 31, in the Farm Bureau conference room at 690 Metts Drive, Lebanon. Joining them will be the Marion County Cattlemen’s Association and Central Kentucky Ag Credit.
    Senator Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills will be on hand to discuss current issues in state government.
    All interested constituents are invited to this open meeting. The legislators will be available for questions from the public.
     

  • Heroin will be a focus in 2015 General Assembly

    State legislators met earlier this month primarily to address procedural matters, and they will return for this year's short session on Feb. 3.
    But one issue that has support across party lines and branches of the government is curbing the heroin epidemic in Kentucky. Three years ago, a new state law made it more difficult for "pills mills" to operate in Kentucky, but there was another consequence.
    "As a result heroin became cheaper, more widespread," State Representative Terry Mills said.

  • Stepfather of bullying victim wants tougher Kentucky law

    By Randy Patrick
    Landmark News Service

    The stepfather of a 12-year-old girl who died of an intentional drug overdose in December after she was repeatedly harassed by students from her school is asking Nelson County’s state legislators to look into strengthening Kentucky’s statute on bullying.
    Bill Hack attended a community forum Jan. 16 with Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown. Accompanied by another man, Jonathan Hahn, he suggested that legislators look at New Jersey’s law as a starting point.

  • 2 separate bills in House and Senate could make medical marijuana a reality

    By Brad Bowman
    Frankfort State Journal

    After going through a gauntlet of steroids, muscle relaxers, chemotherapy, interferon injections and opiates to manage his multiple sclerosis, Jaimie Montalvo found using marijuana less debilitating than the side effects of his prescription medications.
    Two separate bills in the House and Senate could make medical marijuana a legal reality for many like Montalvo in Kentucky, who see it as an alternative to the unwanted side effects from addictive opiates commonly prescribed by physicians.

  • Marion County leading state in job growth

    Marion County had the highest job growth of any county in Kentucky during 2014.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty shared that announcement during the Jan. 22 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Marion County announced seven new projects last year that are expected to create nearly 500 new jobs, according to an email from Joe Hall of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development to Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund.

    In other business:

  • School board meets Thursday

     The Marion County Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at Marion County High School.

    The agenda is as follows.

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/Moment of Silence

    • Communications

    - Student showcase

    - School Board Member Recognition Month

    - District Wellness Update

    - Finance teport

    - SBDM & board members round table discussion

    • Student Learning Services

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has scheduled a special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda is as follows.

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Road fund resolution.

    • Mandated House Bill 5 required personal information policy

    • Interest refund to Rescue Squad

  • City to host kick-off for bi-centennial celebration on Jan. 28

    The City of Lebanon celebrates 200 years this year and several events are planned. To kick things off, the city is hosting a bi-centennial reception for all those who have served on the council in the past and present. The reception will be held at 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 28. During the reception, the city will present a proclamation for 200 years of community and progress. Upon approval by the council, all in attendance will be asked to sign the proclamation. Once framed, it will hang in Lebanon City Hall for future generations to examine.