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Government

  • 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.)

  • Fiscal Court meets Thursday, Feb. 2

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.
    The agenda for the meeting includes:
    Minutes of the Jan. 19 meeting
    A budget transfer to the Marion County Detention Center
    Annual report from the Marion County Economic Development Office
    Allocation for youth recreational activities, youth soccer request
    Consider reward for information, arrest and conviction on animal abandonment issue
    Delegation: Animal shelter fundraiser, match request

  • House Republicans challenge redistricting plan

    Gov. Steve Beshear may have signed legislation creating new legislative districts for the Kentucky House of Representatives and Senate, but that issue may not be settled just yet.

    On Jan. 26, five Republican state representatives filed a lawsuit in Franklin Circuit Court seeking to have the House redistricting plan declared invalid. The Republicans argue that the plan in House Bill 1 violates the state and federal Constitutions.

  • Busy day for local state senator

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, had a full schedule Thursday, Jan. 26.

    In the morning, he testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee about Senate Bill 42, which is aimed at creating regulations for pain management clinics. The purpose of the bill is to make it difficult to operate "pill mills", which prescribe large amounts of narcotic medications.