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Government

  • County closings for Easter weekend

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that local government offices will have changes from their regular hours to allow employees to attend Good Friday services if they desire.
    The Marion County Road Department will run a short work schedule on Friday, April 18, and the department will close as soon as the Friday trash collection routes are finished. Mattingly noted that sanitation crews may be running sooner than usual on Friday, so residents on those routes may want to put their trash out earlier than usual that day.

  • Numbers are improving at Marion County Detention Center

    Marion County Jailer Barry Brady said things are starting to improve financially at the Marion County Detention Center.
    "Looking at our stats from seven months ago, it's a significant change," Brady told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its April 10 meeting.
    In August, the detention center housed an average of 247 inmates per day, and the county received nearly $204,000 for housing state prisoners. Last month, the detention center housed an average of 290 inmates and received nearly $261,000 in revenue from the state.

  • Two Republicans seek state rep nomination

    State Rep. Terry Mills doesn't have any opposition in the Democratic primary election. But he will have a challenger in November for the 24th District seat, which now includes Green, LaRue and Marion counties.
    J. Alex LaRue of Hodgenville and Richard Treitz of Green County are vying for the Republican nomination in the May 20 primary election. A third Republican candidate, Amber Rogers Dones of Hodgenville, has withdrawn from the race.
    Both LaRue and Treitz believe that something needs to change in Kentucky.

  • Republican state representative candidate: J. Alex LaRue

     J. Alex LaRue, 61, has been married to his wife, Iris, for 41 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

    LaRue graduated from LaRue County High School in 1970, then studied for two years at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and for two years at the University of Kentucky. At UK, he majored in accounting with an emphasis in economics.

  • Republican state representative candidate: Richard Treitz

     Richard Treitz, 59, lives just outside of Summersville in Green County. He is single, but he has relatives throughout the state.

    Treitz graduated from Ballard High School and attended Vanderbilt University for two years. In his professional life, he's worked in the fields of seismic engineering and telecommunications, and he is currently working in the health and wellness industry.

    1. Why are you running for state representative?

  • Tourist commission meets this afternoon

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

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Bonnie Luckett of the Marion County Heritage Center

    • Mattingly Mattingly of the City of Lebanon parks and recreation department

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Treasurer's report

    • New business:

    - Bonnie Luckett of the Marion County Heritage Center

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will meet in special-called meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 10. The court typically meets on the first and third Thursday of the month, but the meeting originally scheduled for April 3 was postponed until this week.

    The agenda includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Resolution declaring April as autism awareness month

    • Request for funding for students to attend the HOSA National Leadership Conference

  • City gets preliminary report on flooding

    For the last few months, O’Brien and Gere Engineers has been trying to determine what can be done to avert the kind of flooding that affected downtown Lebanon last year. Monday evening, Elaine Flinn of O’Brien and Gere presented a preliminary report to the Lebanon City Council. Flinn explained that they have conducted a ground survey of the Jordan Creek, reviewed downtown businesses, and partially completed an aerial survey.
    “The Jordan storm system is undersized for a large storm event,” she told the council.

  • Beshear announces launch of Kentucky Automotive Industry Association

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT –To make Kentucky an even more prominent automotive powerhouse, Gov. Steve Beshear is bringing together Kentucky auto manufacturers, suppliers and supporting entities to create the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association.

  • State urges drivers to consider work zones ‘No Phone Zones’

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Many drivers in Kentucky will encounter at least one work zone during their daily travels. With 90 percent of adults in America owning a cell phone, it has become increasingly common to see multi-tasking drivers dialing, texting or talking on their phones while driving through work zones.