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Government

  • City to purchase Crown Victorias for the police

    The Lebanon Police Department will be getting 10 new Ford Crown Victorias. The Lebanon City Council approved the purchase during a special-called meeting Friday, March 18.

    The council was divided 4-2 in favor of purchasing the Crown Vics from Paul Miller Ford in Lexington. The council also had the option of buying Dodge Chargers from Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon.

  • Detainee found dead at MCDC

    Marcus Dunning, a federal detainee at the Marion County Detention Center, was found dead during a routine count Sunday morning, March 20.
    Dunning, 39, of Louisville was found to be unresponsive at 7:20 a.m. Saturday. The staff started CPR and called EMS upon finding Dunning, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said.
    "There was no sign of foul play," Brady said. "He just died in his sleep."

  • Lebanon to purchase Crown Victorias for the police

    The Lebanon Police Department will be getting 10 new Ford Crown Victorias. The Lebanon City Council approved the purchase during a special-called meeting Friday, March 18.

    The council was divided 4-2 in favor of purchasing the Crown Vics from Paul Miller Ford in Lexington. Bill Pickerill of Pickerill Motor Company in Lebanon had presented the council with an option of buying Dodge Chargers instead of the Crown Vics.

  • City council agrees to share mapping costs with county

    During a special-called meeting March 16, the Lebanon City Council agreed to pay for one-third of the costs of mapping and data merging services, both which are necessary for the county to acquire enhanced 911 services.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly addressed the council and made the request personally during Wednesday's meeting. He said the county would pay for the remaining two-thirds of the costs.

  • Tourism commission tables budget decision

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission tabled a decision regarding its amended 2010-11 budget during its March 16 meeting.

    In light of the recent action by the Lebanon City Council, Commissioner Dave Winebrenner said the commission needs more information before it can make a decision. The commission agreed to table a decision until its next meeting, which is scheduled for April 11.

  • To E or not to E(911)?

    Enhanced 911 is under discussion again.

    The issue has come up repeatedly for at least the past 12 years, but local officials have not yet been able to agree on how to pay to implement the service. The Marion County Fiscal Court addressed the issue again during a special-called meeting March 5.

    "I think everybody wants to get E-911, but we all want to know the costs," Magistrate Steve Masterson said.

  • Jail completes national certification

    The Marion County Detention Center will soon be nationally certified.

    Inspectors with the American Correctional Association wrapped up their inspection of the local detention center last week.

    "This is probably one of the easiest audits I've ever done," ACA inspector Rodney Bivens said March 10 to a room filled with detention center staff, corrections officials and county officials.

  • Special-called meetings scheduled for March 16

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 16, at city hall.

    The items on the agenda for the special-called meeting are a discussion of city police vehicles, a discussion regarding a preliminary proposal for Enhanced 911 mapping products and services, and a request from Channel 6 to use the city's back-up tower.

  • Japanese Relief Fund is being created

    The City of Lebanon, Marion County Economic Development and Marion County Fiscal Court are creating a Japanese Relief Fund in the aftermath of the recent earthquake.

    The 8.9-magnitude earthquake struck early in the morning of March 11. At least 300 people are reported to have died, according to the Christian Science Monitor. The earthquake cause the collapse of buildings as far as 240 miles from the epicenter and created 30-foot high tsunamis.

  • Judicial center opening delayed over woodworking issue

    The Marion County Judicial Center opening, which had previously been rescheduled for March, is likely to be postponed again. Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said the woodworking did not meet the specifications prepared by the architect.

    "The evaluator came down and said it wasn't in compliance with AWI standards," Mattingly said.