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Government

  • Kentucky Dept. of Revenue accepting individual tax returns

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Monday, Jan. 23 opened tax filing season for individual taxpayers with the Kentucky Department of Revenue, the same date as the federal Internal Revenue Service. Electronic filing is the most efficient method for filing returns.

  • State pulling workers out of 31 unemployment offices amid major cuts

    By Daniel Desrochers
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    The Education and Workforce Development Cabinet is pulling its employees out of 31 unemployment centers across Kentucky in an effort to save millions of dollars.
    Workers with the Office of Employment and Training throughout the state received a notice Jan. 10 that the cabinet was making drastic changes, shifting its focus to 12 “hubs” in Bowling Green, Covington, Elizabethtown, Hazard, Hopkinsville, Lexington, Louisville, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg and Somerset.

  • City hires consultant for community development

    The Lebanon City Council voted to hire Wendy K. Smith of Lebanon as a consultant for community development during its regular monthly meeting Jan. 9. Smith will head the project starting in March and ending in May to the tune of $12,820.
    According to the proposal provided by Smith, the community development research will be done in several phases. The proposal states that the project will take 101 hours making her hourly rate $120.

  • ‘I did what I thought was right’

    Casting his vote for right-to-work legislation was the most difficult vote State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said he’s had to make during his 15 years of serving in state government.
    “I know I disappointed a lot of people with my vote on this bill,” Higdon said during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative coffee on Jan. 11. “That’s the toughest vote I’ve ever taken. I’ve got friends on each side of that issue.”

  • Deputy emergency management directors not new to Marion County or emergency situations

    When it comes to emergencies, Marion County is in good hands.
    In addition to former Lebanon Police Officer Byron Richardson being the Marion County Emergency Management Director, the Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the appointment of Gary Luce and Dudley Friend Adle Jr. as deputy emergency management directors.

  • City & county government briefs

    The Lebanon City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. During the meeting, the council:

  • Kentucky Senate re-elects Higdon as majority whip

     

  • Former Lebanon Police Officer suing city

    A former Lebanon Police Officer is suing the City of Lebanon after he was fired on Oct. 12.
    According to the lawsuit, filed on Nov. 7 in Marion Circuit Court, Joseph Aaron Caldwell, who was a Lebanon police officer for almost six years, is suing the city for violating the Police Officer's Bill of Rights when they terminated him.

  • Fiscal court meeting briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 17, and magistrates:
    • Approve advertising for bids on salt for the road department. Road Supervisor Jimmy Rakes reported that the county currently has approximately 650 tons of road salt in storage.
    • Approved the adoption of a resolution of the Lincoln Trail Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation 2015 Plan updates.
    • Approved the appointment of Shawn Gibson and Kim Jones to the Marion County Extension District Board.

  • Reed ready for new direction

    Election Day was full of surprises, both on a national level and here at home. William Brandon Reed defeated long-time democratic incumbent, Terry Mills, in the state representative race by 1,591 votes.
    In Marion County, Mills beat Reed with a resounding 5,973 votes to 2,117 votes, but it was LaRue and Green counties that wrote the rest of the story. In Green County, Reed came out ahead 3,812 to 1,344. In LaRue County (where Reed lives), Reed ended the night with 4,634 to Mills’ 1,655.