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  • Closed session leads to school board rescinding approval of energy savings plan

    The Marion County Board of Education will have to try again if it wants guaranteed energy savings for the school district.
    During a special-called meeting Dec. 4, the board voted unanimously to rescind its approval of a proposal from CMTA Consulting Engineers. The board originally approved one of CMTA’s plans on Nov. 11.

  • Wreaths Across America event is Saturday

    National nonprofit Wreaths Across America is working hard to ensure no veteran from Marion County is forgotten this holiday season. At noon on Saturday, Dec. 13, which is National Wreaths Across America Day, 254 remembrance wreaths will be placed at the headstones of fallen veterans at the Lebanon National Cemetery in Lebanon.

  • School board meeting at 5 p.m. today

    The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to have a special-called meeting at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 9, at the Marion County Area Technology Center.

    Marion County ATC students will be giving presentations at 4:30 before the meeting.

    The agenda for the Dec. 9 meeting includes the following:

    • Communications

    - Superintendent's report

    - Discussion of the superintendent's mid-year evaluation

    - Introduction of the 2015 Leadership NOW class

    - Preschool committee report

  • City council meets Monday evening

    The Lebanon City Council is scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at city hall.

    The agenda for tonight's meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Payment of bills

    • Department report

    • Old business

    • New business:

    - Council concurrence with Brad Mattingly's appointment to the planning and zoning commission

    - Second reading of an ordinance changing the zoning classification of multiple properties across 47.459 acres

  • Tourist commission meets today

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 8, at the Centre Square Convention Center.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes the following:

    • Minutes of Nov. 10 and 19 and Dec. 3 meetings

    • Treasurer's report

    • Executive diretor's report

    • New business

    • Old business

    - Kentukcy Classic Arts

  • Flu is in our area, take precautions

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department is reporting regional influenza in our area. Influenza (the flu) is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness, and at times, can lead to death. Some people, such as older people, young children, and people with certain health conditions, are at high risk for serious flu complications. The best way to prevent the flu is by getting vaccinated.

  • School board schedules special-called meeting for 1 p.m. today

     The Marion County Board of Education is scheduled to meet in a special-called session at 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the district's administration building.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Call to order

    • Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    • Executive session per KRS 61.810(1)(c), which relates to proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of a public agency

    • Motion for action consistent with the closed session discussion

  • Fiscal court meets today

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

    The agenda for the meeting is as follows:

    • Correction to the Nov. 6 meeting minutes 

    • Minutes of the Nov. 20 meeting 

    • Minutes of the special-called Nov. 29 meeting

    • Presentation  of  “HeartSafe Community” designation by Jennifer Osborne and state officials 

  • Tourist commission names new executive director

    Nena Olivier has been hired as the new executive director of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission.

    During a special-called meeting Dec. 3, the commissioners voted unanimously to appoint Olivier to the fill the position vacated by Carla Abbi.

    Commission Chairman James Spragens said Olivier was the best of the five candidates who were interviewed for the position.

    "She clearly had what we were looking for," Spragens said.

  • Higdon elected as majority whip

    Jimmy Higdon was first elected to the Kentucky legislature in 2002. He won a special election in 2009 to fill the District 14 senate seat vacated by Dan Kelly.
    And last week, he was elected as majority whip by Kentucky’s Senate Republicans.
    “It’s a step forward as far as my career in the state senate,” Higdon said.
    This was the second time Higdon ran for the position of majority whip. In 2012, he lost to Sen. Brandon Smith of Hazard.