• Senator proposes bill to legalize marijuana in Kentucky

    By Jackson French
    Bowling Green Daily News

    Recreational marijuana use would be legal in Kentucky in 2016 if proposed legislation becomes law.
    State Sen. Perry Clark, D-Louisville, is sponsoring a bill called the Cannabis Freedom Act. The bill proposes to legalize recreational marijuana use for those 21 years or older, decriminalize offenses such as unauthorized growing and distribution and consuming cannabis in public and place an excise tax on the drug.

  • New year, new city hall

    When Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw officially took office in January of 1999, he said his goal was to “maintain the integrity of the downtown area.”
    During his 17 years as mayor, he’s accomplished that in a number of ways, including the construction of a new police station, the purchase and renovation of Centre Square and the purchase and sale of the former Arista Theatre property where the Marion County Judicial Center sits now.

  • New Year’s trash pick-up schedule and closings

    There will be no garbage pick-up this Thursday, Dec. 31, or Friday, Jan. 1. The normal Thursday pick-up will be on Wednesday, Dec. 30. The normal Friday pick-up will be on Monday, Jan. 4.
    All county offices, with the exception of the sheriff’s office, will be closed Thursday, Dec. 31. All county offices will be closed Friday, Jan. 1, including the sheriff’s office. All calls for the sheriff’s office should be directed to Lebanon Dispatch at the Lebanon Police Department, 270-692-2121.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court meeting Thursday, Dec. 17

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 17.
    The agenda is as follows:
    • Consider/approval of the 2016 holiday schedule.
    • Consider/approval of a one time wage adjustment to all fulltime employees.
    • Consider/approval of the second amended lease between Marion County Fiscal Court and the St. Joe Community Center Inc. for 2016.
    • Consider/approval of changing the vacation carryover of 80 hours from December to June 30.

  • Upcoming holiday closings and garbage collection schedule

    There will be no garbage collection on Dec. 24-25. The normal Thursday route will be picked up on Wednesday, Dec. 23. The Friday route will be picked up on Monday, Dec. 28. It will be a “double up” day, and the county is asking residents to put their garbage out a little earlier than normal on Wednesday, Dec. 23, and Monday, Dec. 28.
    All city and county offices, including the Marion County Clerk’s Office and the Property Valuation Administrator’s Office, will be closed Dec. 24-25. Most offices will be closed until Monday, Dec. 28.

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held a special-called meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 9. All magistrates were present except for Steve Masterson. The following was accomplished:
    • The court received and approved the 2016 Marion County Sheriff’s Office budget and the maximum allowance for the upcoming year for deputies and assistants salaries. The maximum amount of salaries for deputies and assistants for the 2016 calendar year is $475,013.76. Magistrates also approved a payroll advance to the Marion County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $23,960.

  • County could receive $250,000 recycling grant

    Marion County Fiscal Court’s Christmas wish list includes a $250,000 recycling grant, which the court voted to apply for at its Dec. 3 regular monthly meeting.
    If received, the grant monies will be used to upgrade equipment at the recycling center located on Woodlawn Avenue in Lebanon, according to Marion County Solid Waste Coordinator Keith Brock.

  • City sells John Hunt Morgan statue to Freddie Hilpp

    The City of Lebanon’s John Hunt Morgan statue, which has been the center of controversy and collecting dust in storage for years, was sold Monday evening and its new owner plans on putting it on display.
    In November, the council voted to accept sealed bids for the statue, which was being stored and taking up space at the city service center.
    Monday evening, the Lebanon City Council unanimously voted to accept a $3,000 bid from Freddie Hilpp of Lebanon during its regular monthly meeting.
    Hilpp’s bid wasn’t the highest bid, however.

  • Fiscal court to hold special-called meeting Wednesday

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9. The agenda includes:
    • Consider/review/approve proposed 2016 budget of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office.
    • Consider/review/approve proposed 2016 budget of the Marion County Clerk’s Office.
    • Discussion on employee life insurance benefits.
    • Discussion on WMA funds allocation.
    • Discussion on part-time employee benefits.

  • Lebanon City Council to meet tonight, Dec. 7

    The Lebanon City Council will be having its regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at Lebanon City Hall. The agenda includes:
    • Council approval of contract between the City of Lebanon, Lebanon Water Works and the City of Campbellsville Water and Sewer.
    • Council acceptance of bid for the John Hunt Morgan statue.
    • Council approval of proposed annual pass rate adjustment at the Lebanon Aquatic Center.