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Government

  • Social Security announces 1.5 percent benefit increase for 2014

    Monthly Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 63 million Americans will increase 1.5 percent in 2014, the Social Security Administration announced Nov. 1.
    The 1.5 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) will begin with benefits that more than 57 million Social Security beneficiaries receive in January 2014. Increased payments to more than 8 million SSI beneficiaries will begin on Dec. 31, 2013.

  • Grimes featured guest at Dems dinner

    Last week’s Marion County Democratic Party’s annual dinner also served as a campaign stop for U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes.
    “Can we move the state of Kentucky from team Mitch to team switch?” she asked the hundreds of partisans in attendance.
    “Yes,” they replied.
    “Mitch” is incumbent Sen. Mitch McConnell, who is up for re-election in 2014. McConnell is also facing a Republican primary challenge from Louisville businessman Matt Bevin.

  • County moving closer to E911

    Marion County and Lebanon city officials started their most recent attempt to acquire Enhanced 911 two years ago, and they are still inching closer to making the service a reality.
    “The stars have kind of aligned,” Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly told a joint meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court, the Lebanon City Council and emergency service representatives Oct. 24 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

  • Jailer hopes to reduce budget issues

    At the Marion County Fiscal Court’s Oct. 3 meeting, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady reported that the detention center’s revenues could be more than $400,000 behind budgeted projections by the end of December.
    The magistrates asked Brady to look into what could be done, and he presented his report at Thursday’s fiscal court meeting.

  • Obamacare will work, Beshear promises on 'Meet the Press'

    By Al Cross
    Kentucky Health News

    Citing Kentucky examples, Gov. Steve Beshear promised a national audience on "Meet the Press" Sunday morning that the federal health-reform law will work, despite problems with the federal insurance exchange and doubts that the overall law will work.

  • Emergency funds meeting is Nov. 4

    Marion County has been awarded $8,499 in federal funds under the Emergency Food and Shelter National Board Program Phase 31. These funds can be used to supplement emergency food, rents and mortgages, and utility assistance programs in the area.

  • LIHEAP Subsidy Program to help low-income households in need of energy assistance

    Marion County Community Action will begin the “Subsidy” portion of the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) that provides heating assistance to eligible households on Nov. 12. The significant cost of energy to heat homes leaves many households unable to fully meet heating bills or purchase sufficient bulk fuel to keep their families safe and warm. Your local Community Action Partnership (CAP) stands ready to help!  
    A household shall be considered to be eligible for LIHEAP subsidy when the household meets the basic eligibility criteria:

  • E911, fiscal court meetings are Thursday

    Members of the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council will be discussing E911 during a meeting scheduled for 3 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Building.
    For the past two years, city and county officials have been working together to bring E911 service to Marion County. The meeting is intended to update local officials on the progress toward implementing the service and to discuss agreements about operating costs going forward.

  • U.S. Senate reaches deal to end government shutdown

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Just before the federal government declared default, the U.S. Senate announced Oct. 16 that it reached a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff and get the federal government working again. The Senate and House must voted on the measure. Only then did a bill emerge that President Obama signed.

  • Who’ll stop the rain?

    Local and state officials met with engineers, city workers and property owners Friday morning to discuss the recurring flooding problems that have been affecting downtown Lebanon.

    “Everyone’s aware of the issue now, and they realize something needs to be done,” said George Graves, who owns the Xpressions building on S. Spalding Avenue.

    City Administrator John O. Thomas said the city has experienced flood events previously, but this past year the problem affected a larger section of downtown.