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Government

  • County projected to receive $1.14 million in state road funding

    The Kentucky Department of Highways has allocated $1,136,423 for rural secondary roads in Marion County.

    Josh Hornbeck of the department's Elizabethtown office spoke with the Marion County Fiscal Court during its March 1 meeting. He explained the department's priorities in the county for the coming year.

    They are, in order:

    - KY 337 from the Taylor-Marion County line to KY 49 (Bradfordsville Road)

  • Population count has increased at county jail

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady reported that the inmate population at the Marion County Detention Center is as high as it has been since 2009.

    The detention center has seen declining revenue in recent years as a result of state efforts to release prisoners early, which saves the state money. Recently, the Marion County Detention Center was approved for additional beds for a substance abuse program.

  • Fiscal court meeting March 1

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. March 1 at the David Hourigan County Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

  • Legislators support Kentucky Arts Council
  • Some county offices closed for Presidents Day

    Monday, Feb. 20, Presidents Day is a holiday for county employees.
    Some County Offices in the David R. Hourigan Government Center may be closed.
    The  Marion County Judge/Executive's Office and the Marion County Road and  Sanitation  Department will be closed for the holiday.
    The Property Valuation Office, County Clerk's Office and Sheriff's Office will be open that day.

  • Tourist commision, city council both meet Feb. 13

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission and the Lebanon City Council are both scheduled to meet Monday, Feb. 13.

    The tourist commission will meet at 3:30 p.m. in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center. This will also be the first meeting for new Lebanon Tourist Executive Director Nicky Reynolds.

    The agenda for the commission meeting includes:

    - A delegation from Nancy Miles and Martha Potter on behalf of the Marion County Quilters.

    - Minutes of last month's meeting.

  • Marion County moving to the First Congressional District

    Marion County meet Congressman Ed Whitfield.
    The General Assembly on Friday approved a Congressional redistricting plan that moves Marion County from the Second District, which is represented by Republican Congressman Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, to the First District, which is represented by Whitfield, a Republican from Hopkinsville.
    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon and State Rep. Terry Mills both opposed the Congressional redistricting plan.

    On Friday, Gov. Steve Beshear said he will sign the plan into law.

  • Legislative redistricting deemed unconstitutional

    State legislators need the redo their plans for new legislative district boundaries, according to a temporary injunction issued Feb. 7 in Franklin Circuit Court.
    "Until the General Assembly passes redistricting legislation that complies with all applicable constitutional requirements to revise the districts ... the elections for the House and Senate shall be conducted with the legislative district boundaries in effect immediately prior to the enactment of House Bill 1," Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd wrote.

  • Fiscal Court approves $4,000 for animal shelter

    To say the Marion County Animal Shelter has been overwhelmed in recent months would be an understatement. With this in mind, citizen June Sooter appealed to the Marion County Fiscal Court to assist the shelter and its employees.

    "They're overburdened and they need help. And you all need to put the money into that shelter," Sooter said during the Feb. 2 fiscal court meeting.

  • Candidates have filed for the Primary Election

    The deadline for candidates to file for most primary races in Kentucky was Jan. 31, although the deadline for state legislative races and Congressional races was postponed until 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10. (This is updated from the print edition. The deadline was extended again after press time.)