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Government

  • 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.

  • City council, tourist commission both meet Monday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, July 11, at the Centre Square Convention Center. This evening, the Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. at city hall.

    And the commission's chairman, Dan Lawson, and previous chairwoman, Carlotta Brussell, are on the agenda to meet with the city council Monday night.

  • St. Francis Post Office has been suspended

    "Services at the St. Francis Post Office have been emergency suspended" reads a notice posted July 7 on the door of the postal branch. 

    David Walton, a spokesman for the Kentuckiana district of the postal service, said he is not sure if the suspension will be lifted. However, he did say that the emergency suspension is not related to a planned study into whether the St. Francis branch would be closed.

  • Marion County animal control officer has been fired

    Marion County Animal Control Officer Jeff Wooldridge has been fired.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court voted unanimously to terminate Wooldridge during its July 7 meeting. The court's decision was made following an executive session that lasted nearly an hour.

  • High school site-based council meeting July 12

    The Marion County High School Site-Based Decision Making Council has scheduled a special-called meeting at 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, in the high school library.

    According to the agenda, the council will be conducting interviews for a special education position and the high school boys basketball coach.

    Assistant Principal Robby Peterson said these are two separate positions, but the council may hire one person if it finds someone who can fill both jobs.

  • Fiscal Court meets Thursday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 7, at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The court's agenda include an executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(f). This provision of the Kentucky Revised Statutes allows governing bodies to go into executive session for discussions or hearings that may lead to the appointment, discipline or dismissal of an employee, although the employee may request a public hearing.

  • Local judge and circuit court clerk participate in seminar

    Marion Circuit Court Judge Allan Ray Bertram and Marion County Circuit Court Clerk Kim May attended a local rules seminar May 17-18 in Louisville. The seminar was to help courts update their local court rules to comply with the new statewide Family Court Rules of Procedure and Practice that the Supreme Court adopted Jan. 1.

  • School board meeting Tuesday to discuss drug testing

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, at the school board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The items on the agenda include student drug testing, the job description for director of pupil personnel and food services, goals for the new superintendent for the 2011-12 school year, and minutes of the previous school board meeting.

    New Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton officially took over the position July 1.

  • Special tourism commission meeting Tuesday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the 14 suggestions presented to the commission by the city council in May.