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Government

  • Congressional race a rematch of 2012

    The 2012 election was the first time Marion County was part of Kentucky’s First Congressional District, but the 2014 race will be familiar to many voters.
    Two years ago, incumbent Republican Congressman Ed Whitfield defeated Democratic challenger Charles Hatchett, winning 34 of the 35 counties in the district. Marion County was the only county that Hachett won.
    In the spring, Hatchett won the Democratic primary to earn a second shot at Whitfield, who has represented the First District since he was elected in 1994.

  • Sizing up the U.S. Senate race

    Anyone with a television, radio or mailbox has likely received plenty of reminders that incumbent Mitch McConnell and Alison Lundergan Grimes are squaring off for the U.S. Senate seat.
    McConnell, the Republican minority leader, has represented Kentucky since 1984, and is only the second Kentuckian to become his party’s leader in the Senate. He hopes his re-election will be part of a Republican takeover of the Senate, which could push him to be the majority leader.

  • School board meets tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education will meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the board office.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

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    - Superintendent’s Report

    - Principal Reports – Next Steps

  • County judge rematch

    Some Marion County voters may experience a bit of déjà vu on Nov. 4.

    David Daugherty and Doug Mattingly, the same candidates who ran against one another in the primary election, are squaring off again in the general election.

    Daugherty won the primary with 2,452 votes to Mattingly’s 782 votes.

  • Evans is first African-American to serve as a board member

    One of the vacant seats on the Marion County Board of Education has been filled.

    Jerry Evans was sworn in as the District Five board member on Oct. 14, and in the process, he made history as the first African-American to serve on the Marion County school board.

  • Police body cams protect law enforcement and the public

    Law enforcement agencies nationwide have been purchasing body cameras for their officers, especially since the shooting of an unarmed black teen in Ferguson, Missouri on Aug. 9.

    The Lebanon Police Department and the Marion County Sheriff’s Office have followed that trend and purchased body cameras, as well.

    According to Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady, the cameras help show the truth of what really occurs when police and citizens interact.

  • Judge strikes down restricted zones at polling sites

    Kentucky has prohibited campaigning near polling places on primary and general election days for several years, but that ban was struck down Tuesday in a ruling by Judge William O. Bertlesman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky.

  • State officials preparing for ebola, if necessary

    Keith Brock reported that the state is aware of issues regarding ebola and other viruses during the Oct. 16 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.

    “It’s not a pleasant subject but it’s a real subject,” said Brock, the county solid waste and environmental coordinator.

  • County Judge candidate: David Daugherty

    David Daugherty, 46, is a 1986 graduate of Marion County High School. He attended St. Catharine College and Eastern Kentucky University and completed 130 hours of business classes. He and his wife, Renee, have triplets, Ben, Katelyn and Samantha. Daugherty is employed as a loan officer at Farmers National Bank. 

    1. This race is a bit unusual in that it is a rematch of the primary. What would you like to tell voters that they might not have learned in the spring? 

  • County Judge candidate: Doug Mattingly

    Doug Mattingly, 54, is a 1980 graduate of Marion County High School. He also worked for the Marion County Board of Education doing maintenance until he retired in 2009.

    He and his wife, Charlotte, have two children, Leanne and Logan, and three grandchildren.

    1. This race is a bit unusual in that it is a rematch of the primary. What would you like to tell voters that they might not have learned in the spring?