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Government

  • Courthouse will be closed Aug. 5-12

    Marion Circuit Clerk Kim May has announced that her office will be shut down from Friday, Aug. 5, through Friday, Aug. 12. During that time, equipment and files from the circuit clerk's office will be moved into the Marion County Judicial Center.

    The new judicial center is scheduled to open Monday, Aug. 15.

  • Bradfordsville Post Office on list for closure study

    The United States Postal Service announced July 26 that it will be studying more than 3,600 post offices for possible closure, and one of those branches is in Marion County.

    The Bradfordsville Post Office is one of more than 130 Kentucky branches identified as being part of the studies.

    The studies are part of the postal service's "retail optimization efforts," according to a press release on the USPS website.

  • Marrett has stepped down from city council

    Kenny Marrett said that he has resigned from his seat on the Lebanon City Council effective noon Tuesday, July 26.

    "I've got other passions that I want to pursue, and sometimes they don't coincide with my responsibilities as a council member," Marrett said.

    He added he planned to continue his work on those other passions, including his work with the Lebanon Main Street Committee and the Marion County Jobs Consortium.

  • Tourism commission meeting Friday afternoon

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission will meet twice Friday afternoon, July 22.

    The commission will meet at 3:30 p.m. to discuss Youth Explosion, a proposed youth rally for Christ to be held Sept. 9-10 at Centre Square. The event coordinators, which include commission Chairman Dan Lawson, are seeking $7,500 to assist with the event.

    Lawson said at a previous meeting that he will not vote on the funding request because of his involvement with the event.

  • Fiscal court meets today

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Approval of the second reading of a budget amendment to include a Homeland Security Grant

    - Consider Southeast Telephone to provide telephone services for the county government

    - Tax rate for the Marion County Health Department

    - Revisions to the Marion County Detention Center Handbook

  • When the smoke clears

    "Where there's smoke there's fire."

    That old adage could ring true regarding the recent resignation of Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm. He resigned last week, but the reason for his resignation isn't exactly clear.

    According to Helm, his out-of-town job commitments cause him to be away from the community too much, which is why he decided to resign.

  • Push for E911 continues

    Marion County may be crawling toward E911, but it is getting closer to acquiring the service.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly told the fiscal court during its July 7 meeting that he had spoken recently with Joe Barrows of the Kentucky Commercial Radio Services Board, and the board may assist the county as well.

  • City alters proposed parking restrictions

    On July 11, the city council had planned to vote on the second reading of an ordinance prohibiting limiting parking 50 feet from the intersection of North Street and West High Street. Instead, the council held the first reading of a revised ordinance limiting parking within 25 feet of the intersection.

    Fannie Lambe and Sheila Wiser asked the council to reconsider the proposal. Lambe wrote a letter to the city, and Wiser addressed the council in person.

  • County receives Homeland Security grant

    Marion County has been approved for a $71,795 grant from Homeland Security.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved a budget amendment to include the grant funds during its July 7 meeting.

    That grant will be used to purchase portable radios and mobile data computers for emergency services, according to County Treasurer Kevin Cochran.

    In other business:

  • Ideas for local concert series, youth rally proposed

    A local deejay would like to bring a concert series to Lebanon, and a few local individuals, including the chairman of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission, would like to host a rally for Christ.

    Both are seeking assistance from the tourist commission.

    During the commission's July 11 meeting, Jeremy Bowman of Breakfast Boy Entertainment who has organized concerts in other places said he would like to host a series of concerts in Angelic Hall.