• Lebanon gets grant for body armor

    The City of Lebanon was awarded a $10,320 grant from the Law Enforcement Protection Program last week. The grant will be used to purchase body armor vest for the Lebanon Police Department.

    LEPP grants are administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security and are given to appropriate agencies for defensive items needed for their duties.

  • Secretary of State candidates believe in their backgrounds

    Bill Johnson is running for Kentucky Secretary of State because he is concerned about the future of the Commonwealth. Alison Lundergan Grimes is running because Kentuckians are hurting and she thinks they need and deserve strong leaders.

    Grimes, the Democratic candidate, and Johnson, the Republican candidate, will square off on Election Day, Nov. 8.

    Grimes, 32, is a business attorney, and she thinks her background is important to understand state and federal election laws as well as business laws in Kentucky.

  • Alison Lundergan Grimes, Democratic candidate, Secretary of State


  • Bill Johnson, Republican candidate, Secretary of State


  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race for ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert "Bob" Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

  • Bob Farmer: Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

    Bob Farmer

    Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

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  • Emergency management director resigns

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly received an email from Blair announcing that he is resigning effective at midnight, Sept. 30.

    Blair has served as the emergency management director since Oct. 1, 2003.
    "I would like to thank the court and the citizens of Marion County for their support during this time," Blair wrote in his resignation email. "Remember mission first, people always."

  • Tourist commission meeting today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 27, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The only item on the agenda is an executive session to discuss the resumes submitted for the position of executive director. Under state law, the commission can go into executive session to discuss personnel matters that may lead to the appointment of someone.

  • County offices will be closed Saturday

    Marion County government offices will be closed Saturday, Sept. 24.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that the county offices at the David R. Hourigan Government Center will be closed for Ham Days. He noted that the front plaza area and the rear parking of the government center will be used for Ham Days activities, so the government offices will be closed during the weekend.

  • Two Marion County deputy jailers arrested

    Two deputy jailers at the Marion County Detention Center were arrested Wednesday morning on federal charges of providing contraband to inmates.

    Shawn Perkins, 35, and Michael Cook, 24, have been arrested on charges of providing contraband to prison inmates. Perkins is also facing a charge of trafficking with intent to distribute illegal narcotics.

    United States Attorney David J. Hale announced the arrests Wednesday.