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Government

  • Court approves funding for Caring Place, Halloween at the Park

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved requests to provide financial support for a local shelter for victims of domestic violence and for an upcoming community event.
    At its Sept. 18 meeting, the court approved $2,000 for The Caring Place. Half of that funding came from Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly's general welfare fund, and that other half was split between Magistrates Steve Masterson's and John Arthur Elder III's community project funds.

  • Anti-bullying task force launched by Beshear

    By Mike Wynn
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – When Morgan Guess was 8 years old, just going to school meant trouble with stomach spasms and panic attacks. Even her doctor told her not to go back after prescribing anti-depressants.
    The diagnosis: A school bully.
    “She pulled my hair, pinched me on the back of the neck and even threw her shoulder into my back,” said Morgan, now 11. “She isolated me from all my friends, and I felt all alone.”

  • State unveils new myhealthnow website

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT — The Kentucky Health Information Exchange (KHIE) Wednesday unveiled a new tool to help patients access their personal medical records and information via the Internet. The project, a patient portal called myhealthnow, was previewed during KHIE’s annual eHealth Summit in Louisville.

  • School board approves time off, not medical leave, for superintendent

    The Marion County Board of Education held a quick meeting Friday afternoon to clarify an error made at Tuesday's regular meeting.

  • School board meets at St. Charles Middle tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in regular session at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, at St. Charles Middle School.

    The agenda for the meeting includes:

    • Communications

    - Superintendent’s report

    - Introduction of 2014-15 Marion County Student Ambassadors – Troy Benningfield & Laurie Followell

    - Exceptional Child Education (ECE) Update – Traci Sharpe

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda for the meeting includes:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting 

    • Sheriff’s request for sale of damaged surplus vehicle by sealed bids

    • Request for support with “Halloween in the Park” 

    • Re-appointment of extension district board members

    • Open bids for road salt for winter 2014-2015

  • Saving lives in Marion County with one simple step

    More lives could be saved in Marion County with one simple step, according to Josh Ballard, who spoke to the Lebanon City Council at its regular monthly meeting Monday evening.

  • Tax break: Council members vote to keep tax rate the same

    The Lebanon City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to not increase tax rates on real and personal property for 2014. Council members all agreed that the city was doing well, financially, and that this would be a good time to give citizens a break.
    “To be in as good of shape as we are... it doesn't make a lot of sense,” Councilman Jay Grundy said. “I don't see it necessary right now.”
    The tax rate for real and personal property will remain the same at 19.8 cents per $100 valuation.

  • Court receives $400,000 for road surfacing

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will receive $400,000 in discretionary road funds from the state during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    During their Sept. 4 meeting, the magistrates voted 4-0 to approve the agreement to receive the funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. (Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was not present at last week’s meeting.)
    The agreement lists the roads that are scheduled for repaving this year.
    They are:
    • 3.08 miles of Logan Road from US 68 to the Washington County line

  • Special-called Lebanon City Council meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10

    A special meeting of the Lebanon City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Lebanon City Hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is as follows:

    • Council approval of the second reading of Ordinance No. 2014-10, an ordinance fixing the tax rate and levying an ad valorem tax for city purposes for the Fiscal Year of 2014-2015 and Providing How the Funds so Raised Shall be Expended