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Government

  • 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.

  • Local judge participates in HB 463 training

    Judge Amy S. Anderson who serves Marion, Green, Taylor and Washington counties, participated in a District Judges Seminar on June 3 about how district judges are to handle pretrial release and bond determinations based on House Bill 463, which took effect June 8. The AOC offered the seminar in Frankfort for all district judges and trial commissioners and circuit judges who share on-call rotations with district judges.

  • Tourism talks heat up with Lebanon City Council

    The ongoing dialogue about the future of tourism brought the Lebanon City Council face-to-face with the current chairman and past chairwoman of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Monday evening.

    The conversation never boiled over, but it did heat up at times.

    Tourist commission chairman Dan Lawson and former chairwoman Carlotta Brussell addressed the council regarding the 14 suggestions it presented to the tourist commission.

  • Animal Control Officer fired

    Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge was fired July 7 after the Marion County Fiscal Court spent an hour in an executive session.

    When the court returned to open session, it voted unanimously to terminate his employment with the county.

    "It's a sensitive personnel matter that I'm really not at liberty to discuss," Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said following the July 7 meeting.