• Looking for dollars

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has dipped into its coffers twice this year to help fund the operation of the Marion County Detention Center. In many counties, the court paying for jail expenses would not be unusual, but in Marion County, the detention center operated without local tax money from December of 2003 through September of 2011.

    "I prepared the court that it would probably be a redline year," Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said. "I just didn't know the significance of what it would be."

  • Fiscal court meeting Dec. 1

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 1, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    Items on the agenda include:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting

    - Marion County Detention Center policy revisions

    - Marion County Sheriff's 2010 tax settlement audit report

    - Marion County Water District 2012 budget proposal

    - Approval of Jailer Barry Brady's request for 10-year service awards

    - Recognition of LMS Lady Patriots basketball team

  • Mills reintroduces bill to allow advertising on school buses

    State Rep. Terry Mills proposed a bill during the 2011 General Assembly that would allow local school boards to decide if they wanted to sell advertising on school buses. That bill won approval in the House of Representatives, but died in the Senate.

    That hasn't deterred Mills, who has prefiled a similar bill (BR 272) for the 2012 session of the state legislature.

  • Tourist commission to meet Nov. 23

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission has scheduled a special-called meeting at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The commission has scheduled an executive session under Chapter 61.810(f) of the Kentucky Revised Statutes. This section deals with the possible hiring, firing or discipline of an employee. The commission has been searching for a new executive director since August when the former director, Chris Hamilton, accepted a position with the Aurora Area Convention and Visitors Bureau in Illinois.

  • 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.