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Government

  • Rooms for rent

    The Marion County Judicial Center is open for business on North Spalding Avenue, right next door to the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    That means that the Marion County Courthouse on Main Street in downtown Lebanon is now vacant.

    But Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly hopes it doesn't stay vacant for too long.

    "In some counties, they actually razed the building and made green space out of it," he said.

  • Senator Paul visits Marion County

    Sen. Rand Paul was the guest speaker at the Marion County Chamber of Commerce lunch Thursday, and he opened by sharing a story about a buffet in Paducah.

    A man in front of him had filled two plates of food and was on his way to filling a third when the person next to him said he wouldn't live long eating like that. The man said that his grandfather lived to be 105 years old, and the other person replied he probably didn't live that long eating that much.

    Paul liked the man's response.

  • City reopening recycling center on weekends

    The City of Lebanon will reopen its recycling center on the weekends starting Saturday, Aug. 27.

    "We'll try it again and see what happens," Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw said.

    Last month, the city limited access to the recycling center, located on Woodlawn Avenue, after repeated incidents of illegal dumping at the center.

    Crenshaw said the city didn't want to close the center on weekends, but it had to curb the illegal dumping.

  • Proud Democrats

    The Marion County Democratic Party held its annual dinner Thursday at Centre Square. The line-up of speakers included four candidates on the Nov. 8 ballot for statewide office, State Rep. Terry Mills and Daniel Logsdon, chairman of the Kentucky Democratic Party Chairman. Logsdon said this was "the most dynamic slate of candidates" his party has put forward in his lifetime. "It's an honor to be a Democrat," he told the audience of hundreds.

  • Court receives redistricting report

    The Marion County Reapportionment Committee has presented its proposed changes to the county's magisterial districts to the Marion County Fiscal Court. The court accepted the report during its Aug. 18 meeting.

    The fiscal court has 60 days from the time it received the report to either approve it or revise it.

    The committee's goal was to create districts with similar populations without splitting Census blocks (which are set by the U.S. Census Bureau), Marion County Clerk Karen Spalding said.

  • City approves several noise variances

    The Lebanon City Council approved noise variances for Lebanon Baptist Church, Joe's Deli on Main, McB's, Chaser's, the Generation Gap and John Cowherd during a meeting Monday, Aug. 8.

    Most, but not all, of the variances were for Ham Days weekend.

    Joe's Deli and McB's received noise variances from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 24 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25.

  • In with the new...

    The Marion County Judicial Center officially opened Monday, Aug. 15.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said he believes the new facility will be very convenient for the public once everyone gets used to it and the new security measures that are in place.

  • Tourism commission begins search for new director

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission will begin its search for a new director during a special-called meeting Tuesday, Aug. 16.

    On Monday, Aug. 8, Chris Hamilton told the commission that his final day as Lebanon's tourism director would be this Friday, Aug. 19. Hamilton has accepted an offer to become the executive director of the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.

  • Lebanon, Raywick will hold elections to fill vacancies

    Darin Spalding was appointed to the Lebanon City Council July 27, following Kenny Marrett's resignation from the council.

    At the time, city officials said they believed his appointment was for the remainder of Marrett's term.

  • City approves several noise variances

    The Lebanon City Council approved noise variances for Lebanon Baptist Church, Joe's Deli on Main, McB's, Chaser's, the Generation Gap and John Cowherd during a meeting Monday night.

    Most, but not all, of the variances were for Ham Days weekend.

    Joe's Deli and McB's received noise variances from 3 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 23, from 8 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sept. 24 and from noon to 6 p.m. Sept. 25.