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Government

  • Fiscal Court names reapportionment committee

    During its May 5 meeting, the Marion County Fiscal Court appointed the members of the reapportionment committee. Carroll Kirkland, J.B. Thomas and Donnie Thompson will be looking at what adjustments may be needed to the magisterial district boundaries.

    Every 10 years, a reapportionment committee determines if any changes are needed to the magisterial district based on the most recent Census.

  • City council meets at 7 p.m.

    The Lebanon City Council is schedule to meet at 7 p.m. tonight, May 9, in regular session a city hall.

    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund is scheduled to speak with the council about economic development incentives.

    Other items on the agenda include minutes of the previous meeting, payment of bills and department reports.

  • Fiscal Court meets at 4 p.m. May 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday,  May 5.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - A resolution accepting road resurfacing money

    - Advertising for fuel, lubricants and road materials for fiscal year 2011-12

    - Set a public hearing regarding county road aid and LGEA funds

  • Five Democrats want ag commissioner nomination

    Republican Richie Farmer, Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture, is seeking to become the state's next lieutenant governor. That means his seat is up for grabs in the fall, and five Democrats are trying to replace the former Kentucky basketball star.

  • Republican Commissioner of Agriculture candidate: Rob Rothenburger

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

  • Republican Commissioner of Agriculture candidate: James Comer

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

    I am seeking the office of Ag Commissioner because I have both a love of agriculture and a vision of agriculture that will help lead the agriculture industry in KY to the next level. I want to help farmers expand markets and add value to existing ones, and I want to help young farm families survive and prosper.


  • E911 work has begun, still years away

    Marion County is one step closer to acquiring enhanced 911, although it may still be years before the service is available to county citizens.

    Representatives from MapSync and the Lincoln Trail Area Development District met with local officials April 19 at the David R. Hourigan Center. Ron Householder of MapSync led the meeting.

    "The data gathering process begins as soon as we complete this session," he said.

  • ATC reports to county

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has contributed more than $180,000 to the Marion County Area Technology Center in recent years, and during the court's April 21 meeting, the court heard where some of that funding has been used.

    The court initially contributed $150,000 toward the renovations of the tech center. The court has agreed since then to allow that money to be used in other ways to enhance the tech center. Principal Laura Arnold reported that $63,600 was used to help fund an engineering position at the tech center.

  • Two Republicans vie for ag commissioner nomination

    James Comer of Tompkinsville and Rob Rothenburger of Shelbyville are seeking to become Kentucky's next Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Before either has a chance to make that happen, one will have to win the Republican nomination in the May 17 primary, however.

    The current ag commissioner, Richie Farmer, is running for lieutenant governor on David Williams' ticket. Comer and Rothenburger hope to keep Farmer's seat in Republican hands.

  • State of Emergency declared

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly on Tuesday declared a state of emergency due to the effects of flooding April 25-26 in Marion County.
    Judge Mattingly said state officials asked county officials to go ahead an issue states of emergency. The county has had some isolated damage, but nothing like the damage during the ice storm in 2009 or the flooding last year.