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Government

  • Most local races are uncontested

    On Nov. 6, voters will be casting ballots for national, state and local offices, but the local races may have already been decided.

    Unless someone files to run as a write-in candidate, there will not be any contested races for city or school board offices. The deadline for write-in candidates to file is Oct. 26.

    In Lebanon, the only candidates who have filed are the six incumbents on the Lebanon City Council. They are Jerry Abell, Denise Fogle, Jay Grundy, Kate Palagi, Jim Richardson and Darin Spalding.

  • Candidates have filed for General Election

    Marion County voters will have several uncontested local races and a few contested state and national races on the Nov. 6 ballot.
    Here are the candidates who filed before the Aug. 14 deadline.

    Bradfordsville City Commission (four seats) -  Anthony Clarkson, Sandy Gribbins, Travis May and Kathleen Walls.

    Lebanon City Council (six seats) - Jerry Abell, Denise Fogle, Jay Grundy, Kate Palagi, Jim Richardson and Darin Spalding.

  • Fiscal court votes to keep tax rates the same, again

    While prices for groceries and gas continue to rise, Marion Countians can breathe a little easier knowing their county taxes won't follow suit.

    During its Aug. 9 meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly recommended that the county not raise taxes, and the Marion County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to keep its 2012 tax rates the same as last year.

    "We've never raised them, so I'd hate to start now," Magistrate Jackie Wicker said.

  • Courthouses to close, court services to shut down statewide Aug. 6

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - Courthouses will be closed statewide and all court services will be unavailable Monday, Aug. 6, as the Kentucky Judicial Branch shuts down for the first of three furlough days in 2012. This will be the first time since Kentucky's modern court system was formed in 1976 that the Judicial Branch must close courthouse doors to balance its budget.

  • Candidate filing deadline is Aug. 14

    A wide variety of offices - from city hall up to the White House - will be on the ballot Nov. 6.

    Local candidates who would like to run for seats in non-partisan races have until 4 p.m. Aug. 14 to file with the Marion County Clerk's Office. Write-in candidates have until Oct. 26 to file to run.

    The biggest race on the fall ballot will pit incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden again Republican challenger Mitt Romney, who has not yet named his running mate.

  • Fiscal court has revised its August meeting schedule

    Normally, the Marion County Fiscal Court meets at 4 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month. For the month of August, however, the fiscal court will be meeting on the second and fourth Thursday instead.

    Those meetings on Aug. 9 and 23 are considered special-called meeting because they are being held on a different date than the court's regularly scheduled meeting.

  • County approves industrial bond ordinance for Maker’s Mark Distillery

    During its July 19 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court approved the second reading of an ordinance allowing bonds to be issued for the construction of new warehouses for Marker's Mark. The magistrates approved the ordinance, 4-1, with Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers casting the opposing vote.
    The ordinance allows $187 million in industrial bonds to be issued toward the construction of warehouses in Loretto as part of a Maker's Mark expansion.

  • Fiscal court to meet July 19

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 19, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for the meeting includes the following:

    - Minutes of the July 5 meeting

    - Presentation on employee disability insurance coverage (AFLAC)

    - Detention center policy revisions

    - Copier purchase proposal

    - Request from Marion County Historical Society for seating removal and storage

    - Second reading of the Maker's Mark bond ordinance

  • City council approves $4.5 loan consolidation for water company

    Lebanon Water Works is consolidating and refinancing loans of more than $4.5 million.

    On July 9, the Lebanon City Council unanimously authorized the Lebanon Water Company to consolidate and refinance a pair of loans. Councilwoman Denise Fogle served as mayor pro tem during the meeting as Mayor Gary Crenshaw was not present.

  • E911 efforts continue

    The efforts to bring E911 to Marion County are continuing, but full implementation is still a year or more away, according to local officials.

    "Hopefully within a year we can be there," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw was a bit more cautious.

    "My guess is that we're 18 months to 24 months off," he said.

    Nevertheless, both think the county is moving closer to providing E911 service.