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Government

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday, April 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting.

    - Budget transfers

    - Resolutions for National Autism Awareness Month in Marion County and proclaiming of April 23-29 as the Centennial Celebration of Ursuline Education and Ministry in Marion County,

    -   Transfer of funds for Marion County WMA to KDFW to Administer

  • County offices to close early Friday

    Several Marion County services will be affected by the Easter weekend, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has announced.

    The Marion County Road Department will run a shortened sanitation work schedule on Friday, April 6. The department will close as soon as the routes are finished that day, and the garbage trucks may run earlier than usual on Friday. Residents are asked to put their trash out earlier than normal for pick up on Friday morning.

  • Hemp, Hemp Hooray

    Terry Mills normally asks questions during meetings of the Kentucky House of Representatives Agriculture Committee, but recently, he found himself on the other side of the table, answering questions about legalizing industrial hemp.
    Mills and State Sen. Joey Pendleton, D-Hopkinsville, have introduced similar legislation in their respective houses in the hopes of making industrial hemp a legal cash crop again across the Bluegrass State.
    "It's not to promote marijuana," Mills stressed in his comments to the committee.

  • Over a barrel

    The Marion County Fiscal Court and Beam Global are at a crossroads. The question is whether they will choose to follow the same path.

    Beam Global has plans to build new warehouses for Maker's Mark, but where those warehouses are built will depend on what incentives communities are willing to offer. Beam Global is seeking a 30-year tax abatement that could mean a difference of tens of millions of dollars.

  • Jim Beam warehouses remain under discussion

    Local officials remain in contact with the Beam Company about the possible construction of additional Maker's Mark warehouses. During the March 6 Marion County Industrial Foundation meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said they have told distillery representatives that they would like the warehouses to be built here.
    Mattingly added that Beam officials have asked for improvements on the road leading to Maker's Mark in anticipation of increased tourist traffic in that area.
    In other matters:

  • County residents should know radon levels

    You can't avoid it completely, and it can cause cancer. However, you can take steps to reduce your exposure to it.
    "It" is radon, and it is common in central Kentucky.
    "The radon that's in Marion County is here as a result of the geology, specifically the black shale," said Keith Brock, the Marion County Solid Waste and Environmental Coordinator.
    Radon is produced by the natural decay of uranium, which is found in nearly all soils, according to the Environmental Protection Agency.

  • BBB tips on storm relief donations

    In the wake of severe storms that came through the Midwest and South, the BBB offers the following tips to help Americans decide where to direct donations to assist storm victims and their families:
    Be cautious when giving online.
    Be cautious about online giving, especially in response to spam messages and emails that claim to link to a relief organization. If you are seeking to give to an organization involved in relief efforts, go directly to the charity’s Web site.

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  • Court approves study for radon remediation at county building

    Radon levels remain too high for EPA recommendations at the David Hourigan Government Building.

    Keith Brock, the Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator, called this to the attention of the Marion County Fiscal Court in January. Brock said an initial radon test in the basement showed radon levels of 22.3 pCi/L. Radon is known carcinogen, and the EPA recommends short term follow-up testing when levels are between 8 and 100 pCi/L, Brock wrote.

  • Court approves rates for animal shelter services

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved new rates for services offered at the Marion County Animal Shelter. The magistrates approved the rates during their March 1 meeting.

    The new rates are as follows:

    - Boarding fees for Washington County animals or animals quarantined for rabies is $5 per day. The fee for litters from Washington County are $5 per puppy.

    - Private euthanasia for animals under 50 pounds is $50 and for animals over 50 pounds is $100.