• Hoping for stability, county accepts more expensive health insurance proposal

    A few years ago, the Marion County Fiscal Court received a health insurance renewal proposal that was more than 40 percent higher than the previous year. To keep its costs from going up that much, the county adopted a new kind of health insurance.

    With that in mind, a majority of the Marion County Fiscal Court voted to approve a  renewal proposal from its current health insurance provider, Humana, rather than a less expensive plan from United Healthcare.

  • Pill Mill Bill could pass in 2012

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon admits that he didn't think "pill mills" were a big concern until one of them showed up in Lebanon last year.

    "There had been bills before, but I had never really been sympathetic to it," he said.

    Lebanon Medical Solutions wasn't open very long, but it was long enough to get Higdon's attention. He filed a "pill mill bill" during the 2011 session of the General Assembly, but the bill didn't get enough traction to get through the legislature.

  • Tourist commission to meet Wednesday

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet in a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 16, in room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda is relatively short, but includes an executive session related to the ongoing executive director search.

  • The people's courthouse

    John D. Minton Jr., chief justice of the Kentucky Supreme Court, attended the groundbreaking for the Marion County Judicial Center in 2009.

    And Thursday, he told the hundreds of people who packed into the district courtroom that he was glad to be back for the dedication of the building.

    "This building belongs to the people of Marion County," Minton said.

  • Democrats win five of six races

    Democrats won five statewide races in Marion County and Kentucky on Election Day, Nov. 8. The only Republican to win was James Comer in the race for Commissioner of Agriculture.

    Here are the statewide and local results for each race:

    - Gov. Steve Beshear (D) won re-election easily with 55.72 percent of the vote. Beshear received a total of 464,245 votes.

  • Tourist commission meets Nov. 14

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 14, in room 300 at the Centre Square Convention Center in Lebanon.

    The items on the agenda include:

    - Delegation from Robin Humphress

    - Approve of minutes of meetings from September, October and November.

    - Treasurer's report

    - Executive director's report

    - New Business: Remaining November radio marketing and December marketing plan and ads.

  • City remembers late police chief

    The City of Lebanon took time during its Nov. 7 meeting to remember late police chief Joe Bell, who died June 6.

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw and Lebanon Police Chief Wally Brady, who was Bell’s assistant chief, presented Bell’s badge and office bars to his finance, Susan Yocum.

    “We do it with our most sincere appreciation for his life and service,” Crenshaw said.

  • Magistrates want more information about emergency sirens

    Only two of the county's eight emergency sirens worked during the most recent test, Marion County Emergency Management Director Hayden Johnson told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Nov. 3 meeting.

    Johnson said the only two that worked were the sirens at Bradfordsville and Angell Demmell.

  • Judicial center dedication is Nov. 10

    Although the Marion County Judicial Center has been open and operating for months, the building dedication had to be postponed due to some scheduling issues.

    As a result, the official dedication will be held at 11 a.m. Nov. 10 at 121 N. Spalding Avenue in Lebanon. The ceremony is open to the public.

    Before the dedication, members of Teen Leadership Marion County will be providing tours of the building.

  • Loretto receives $500,000 grant

    Loretto Mayor Robert Miles was brief when addressing the group gathered Thursday at Loretto City Hall, but he was also got to the point.

    "Hopefully, down the road, we'll have a nice wonderful center for everyone to enjoy," he said.

    Tony Wilder of the Department for Local Government made the formal presentation of a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant to the city, which will use the money to renovate a former nursing home into a senior citizens center.