• Unemployment insurance benefits accessed online now
  • Structural issues at Hourigan building are a safety concern

    The David R. Hourigan Government Building is more than 10 years old, and it’s starting to show its age. According to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty, there were problems with the building in 2006 before it was even occupied, and those problems have worsened over time. But problems, such as window leaks, pale in comparison to the most alarming and potentially dangerous problem – the columns in the front and back of the building are cracking and are unstable.

  • ‘A pension is a promise’

    The third floor of the David Hourigan Government Building was standing room only Wednesday of last week when State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Brandon Reed spoke at a public forum about the state’s pension crisis and how it could impact local government. The room was full of retired and current county, city and school employees who were wearing stickers that said, “A pension is a promise. Keep the promise.”

  • Water rate fight reaches new depths

    The sticker shock of a 23 percent water rate hike in the City of Lebanon has stirred debate among city and county leaders about whether the increase is necessary and whether it unfairly punishes county customers. As a result, the Marion County Water District filed a letter of protest with the Public Service Commission last week.

  • New rates for Lebanon Water Works Company customers

    On Sept. 11, the Lebanon City Council approved the second reading and final passage of Ordinance No. 2017-06, which amends both the meter charge and the O & M charge (volumetric rate) for water service provided by the Lebanon Water Works Company. The new ordinance sets the new monthly meter charge at $7.35 per meter each month and the new volume charge at $3.35 per 100 cubic feet of water used.  Lebanon Water Works customers can expect to see the new rates reflected on their next bill, which will be mailed on Sept. 29, and will be due on Oct. 15.

  • Court sending delinquent trash accounts to court, collections

    The Marion County Fiscal Court recently voted to send more than $102,000 worth of delinquent sanitation accounts to a collection agency.
    Shortly after taking office in January, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and his staff began to dig into the county’s long list of delinquent garbage accounts. At that time, on paper, there was approximately $386,000 in delinquent garbage bills. But, that number was exaggerated because some people on the list, which included approximately 800 names, were deceased and some of them had moved and never notified the county.

  • DACA debate hits home

    Mirna and Dora Lozano are your typical bubbly teenagers who grew up in Springfield and are working their way through college.
    Mirna, 19, and her sister, Dora, 18, aren’t United States citizens, though, and they’re worried they’ll have to leave the country in a couple of years.

  • County approves financial incentives for TGKY

    Marion County’s largest industry, TG Kentucky, has an opportunity to expand, creating 150 additional jobs, and the Marion County Fiscal Court is going to help the industry make that opportunity a reality.

  • Water rate talks reach boiling point

    The water rate discussion between the Marion County Fiscal Court and the Lebanon City Council has reached a boiling point. The council approved the second and final reading of an ordinance increasing the water rates Monday evening, and it’s likely the issue will now bubble over into Public Service Commission territory.

  • Labor Day closings

    All county offices will be closed Monday in observance of Labor Day. There will be no garbage pickup Monday. Instead, the county will be doing a double route on Tuesday. Please have trash out early.
    The Marion County Clerk’s Office will be closed on Saturday, Sept. 2 and Monday, Sept. 4 in observance of the Labor Day holiday. The clerk’s office will reopen at 8:20 a.m., Tuesday, Sept. 5.
    Lebanon City Hall will also be closed Monday. The Marion County Public Library is closed on Monday, as well.