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Government

  • Clock ticking on heroin, dating violence bills

    By Mike Wynn and Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal

    FRANKFORT, Ky. – Despite snow delays in the Kentucky legislature, talks on a heroin bill are plodding along and the path appears mostly clear for a measure to address dating violence.
    Meanwhile, a bill on local-option sales taxes will continue to face hurdles as lawmakers enter the final stretch of the 2015 General Assembly.

  • Smoking-ban bills die in state Senate

    By Melissa Patrick
    Kentucky Health News

    On Feb. 13, for the first time, the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a statewide smoking ban to prohibit smoking in workplaces and indoor places. The bill moved to the Senate for consideration. On the same day, a state senator proposed a nearly identical bill. And on Feb. 19, both bills were assigned to a committee that was never going to give them a hearing.

  • County survives second round of snow

    State, county and city workers tackled their second big snow storm of the season last week.
    After hours of work, tons of salt and a little help from Mother Nature, the roads are once again drivable throughout the county.
    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty said that the snow that fell March 4-5 was wetter than the February storm. Daugherty added that he appreciated the effort that local and state crews put into cleaning up the roads.
    “They’re good employees,” Daugherty said.

  • City council meets this afternoon

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet in regular session at 7 p.m. Monday, March 9, at city hall.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Delegations

    • Minutes of the Feb. 9 meeting

    • Payment of bills

    • Reports

    • Old business

    • New business

    - Resolution to participate in Lincoln Trail Area Development District flood mitigation plan update

    • Other business that may come before the council

  • Tourist commission meets this afternoon

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet in regular session at 3:30 p.m. Monday, March 9, in Room 300 of the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Delegations

    - Terry Williams, Lebanon Farmers Market

    • Minutes of the Feb. 9 meeting

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive director's report

    • Old business:

    - Battle of the Bluegrass Pulling Series

  • Fiscal court will meet at 4 p.m. March 5

    Even though the offices in the David R. Hourigan Building are closed today, March 5, the Marion County Fiscal Court will be holding its regular meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. on the second floor of the building.

    The agenda for the March 5 meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Acknowledge receipt of Governor's Proclamation of March Severe Weather Awareness.

    • Annual Report of District 4 Highway Supervisor Patty Dunaway.

  • Marion County schools will be closed on Friday

    Marion County Public Schools will be closed Friday, March 6.

    Also, Marion County sanitation crews will not be picking up garbage on Friday, according to Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty. As with the previous snow, this will not be made up the next day. Instead crews were resume their regular routes as soon as they are able.

    Garbage pick up in Bradfordsville will not be able to be picked up today due to the weather, according to Mayor David Edelen.

    The garbage will be picked up next week at regular time on Thursday, March 12.

  • Governor declares state of emergency

    As a second winter storms sweeps Kentucky, Governor Steve Beshear has declared a state of emergency.

    “If you can stay off the roads, please do so. Our road crews are ready to clear the roads, but the job is faster and easier if the roads are empty,” Gov. Beshear said in a press release. “Most of all, please check on your neighbors and the elderly to make sure folks are safe and warm as the storm comes through.” 

  • Opening/closing information for Friday, March 6

    Offices in the David R. Hourigan Building will be open Friday, March 6. This includes the Marion County Clerk's Office, the Marion County Sheriff's Office, the Marion County Judge/Executive's Office and the PVA Office.

    The Marion County Judicial Center will be opening later in the morning. The center will open at 10:30 a.m. with circuit court scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

    Marion County Public Schools are closed.

    The Marion County Public Library is closed.

    Business information

  • Fiscal court briefs

    Kenny Marrett of the Marion County Jobs Consortium presented an update on changes at the Marion County Area Technology Center at last week's Marion County Fiscal Court meeting. The court approved allowing $20,000 in previously allocated funds to be used toward the purchase of 23 computers and software for 3D "Solid Works" CAD training at a cost of $25,000, adapters and accesssories for the automotive lab to get a new brake lathe at a cost of $2,800, and a PLC trainer and equipment for the industrial maintenance department at a cost of $2,300.