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Government

  • City seeks to condemn Walnut Street property

    On Dec. 2, the City of Lebanon filed a petition of condemnation in Marion Circuit Court against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives.
    The city is seeking to condemn the property at 304 E. Walnut Street, which is at the corner of Woodlawn and Walnut Streets. According to the petition, the property is “vacant, abandoned and neglected.”

  • A year later, Taylor County shelter doing 'best we can'

    It's been about a year since magistrates decided to no longer house animals from other counties at Taylor County Animal Shelter.
    And since then, officials say, changes have been made to see the shelter become even better than it used to be.
    Last year, allegations were made claiming the shelter wasn't operating as it should. Protesters stood at the shelter with homemade signs proclaiming that the shelter wasn't clean and animals were not being treated properly.

  • Cities will need to name electrical inspectors

    In April, the county voted to name Coy Neat as its electrical inspector. Now, Marion County’s incorporated cities may need to consider if they want to name their own inspector.
    Michael Shannon, the county’s former electrical inspector, now serves as the State Electrical Inspector for the Department of Housing, Building and Construction. He told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Dec. 5 meeting that the state would be enforcing a law that has been on the books since the 1980s.
    "They are no longer going to be ignored," Shannon said.

  • Legislation will reignite debate on allowing casinos in Kentucky

    By Scott Wartman
    The Kentucky Enquirer

    After years of debate, Kentuckians might get a chance next November to allow casinos in Kentucky.
    Legislation introduced Wednesday by Speaker of the House Pro Tem Larry Clark, D-Louisville, would put a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling on the Nov. 2014 ballot.

  • County office closings for Memorial Day

     All county government offices will be closed Saturday, May 24, through Monday, May 26, for the Memorial Day holiday

    This includes the County Judge/Executive's Office, the PVA Office, the County Clerk's Office, and the County Sheriff's Office. The sheriff's office will respond to calls, but those calls will go through the Lebanon Police Dispatch at 270-692-2121.

    County offices will re-open on Tuesday, May 27.

  • Candidate filings for 2014 elections

    Candidates have until 4 p.m. Jan. 28 to file their nomination papers for the 2014 primary elections.
    Here are the candidates who have filed so far, according the Kentucky Secretary of State’s website. An (I) indicates the candidate is an incumbent.
    U.S. Senate – Matt Bevin, Republican.
    While neither has officially filed, incumbent Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes have both been campaigning for Senate as well.

  • Court honors Rakes, The Caring Place

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved a pair of resolutions Nov. 21 to honor a fallen sheriff’s deputy and a shelter that serves women and children who have been victims of abuse.
    Nov. 14 was the one-year anniversary of the day Marion County Sheriff’s Deputy Anthony Rakes was killed after he stopped to check on a motorist on Danville Highway.
    According to the resolution, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office will retire Rakes’ badge number, #1204, so that no future deputy will be assigned that number.

  • A portion of KY 2744 in Marion County will be closed on Monday

    The following announcement is from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet:

    Marion County maintenance crews from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet will be replacing a pipe beneath KY 2744 on Monday, Nov. 25.  Closure of the road will take place just north of the KY 208 intersection beginning at 8:30 a.m.  Work should be completed by 3 p.m.  Motorists may use KY 3221 to access the northern end of KY 2744.

  • County attorney appointed to state board

    Marion County Attorney Joseph H. Mattingly III is one of four people recently appointed by Gov. Steve Beshear to the Transportation Infrastructure Authority.
    Mattingly will represent the Kentucky Association of Counties on the infrastructure authority.
    The other appointees are Letcher County Judge/Executive, who will represent the Kentucky County Judge/Executives Association; Glenn G. Mitchell of Frankfort, who is a citizen at-large; and Henderson Mayor Steve Austin, representing mayors. Their terms will expire Oct. 1, 2017.
     

  • City to pay big bucks for flood study

    Representatives of O’Brien and Gere Engineers returned to the Lebanon City Council meeting Nov. 11 to discuss the flooding that affected downtown Lebanon multiple times this year.
    Ken Roseman and Elaine Flynn presented their “Preliminary Investigation and Survey of the Jordan Storm Sewer System” to the council last week. The study showed where they had surveyed the Jordan Creek, and identified possible trouble spots along the waterway.