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  • Mayor requests new city hall, 3 percent raise for employees in budget address

    It took fewer than 15 minutes for Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw to give his annual budget address Thursday evening, May 21. However, it’s just the first step in getting his proposed $9.6 million budget approved, which includes several major requests and a three percent raise for all city employees.
    “Employee compensation is an important issue that always gets much debate in our budget review sessions,” Crenshaw said. “The figures you have before you incorporate a three percent raise.”

  • City attorney: Accounting inadequate, not criminal

    The City of Lebanon’s Public Works Department, which was named “Service Industry of the Year” at the Marion County Industry Appreciation Banquet last year, has been under scrutiny recently after an allegation that members of the department were stealing money from the city.
    According to Lebanon City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray, that allegation has proven to be false, but it has revealed a poorly executed policy and inadequate record keeping.

  • 'Superstar'

    Ava Bright couldn’t wait to play with her younger brother, Eli, when her mother, Natalie Wheatley, was pregnant last year.
    “She said, ‘I just want to take him to my sandbox. I just want to take him to my sandbox,’” Wheatley said. “That’s all she talked about. I think she thought when he got here and was a newborn, he was gonna go straight to the sandbox.”

  • County approves first reading of $15 million budget

    The Marion County Fiscal Court approved the first reading of a proposed $15 million budget for 2015-16 Thursday.
    This is a decrease compared to the $15.89 million budget approved for 2014-15.
    The proposed budget includes $6.83 million in the general fund, which is up from $6.67 million in 2014-15, and $2.25 million in the county road fund, which is down from $3.4 million in 2014-15
    Daugherty said the $1.15 million decrease in the road fund is the result of the state’s decline in revenue from the gas tax.

  • Distillery seeking incentives for Maker’s 46 attraction

    Another new attraction could be coming to Maker’s Mark Distillery.
    On Friday, the Kentucky Tourism Development Finance Authority gave its preliminary approval for a tax incentive related to a proposed visitors center dedicated to Maker’s 46.
    Gil Lawson, a spokesman for the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, said the distillery’s proposal is for a $4 million center, and it is seeking $1 million in tax incentives over 10 years.

  • Bevin, Conway win gubernatorial nominations

    Matt Bevin narrowly defeated James Comer to win the Republican gubernatorial primary, while Jack Conway cruised to a win in the Democratic race last week.
    In the May 19 Republican primary for governor, Bevin received 70,479 votes to Comer's 70,396 votes, according to the unofficial results from the Kentucky State Board of Elections. Hal Heiner was third with 57,948 votes, and former Kentucky Supreme Court Justice Will T. Scott was a distant fourth with 15,364 votes.

  • E-Cigarettes pose hazards to our youth

    Lincoln Trail District Health Department

  • KSP looking for new leads in murder of Bardstown police officer

    Kentucky Press News Service

    Nearly two years have passed since the murder of Bardstown Police Department Officer Jason Ellis. Kentucky State Police hope a new video plea for information will provide fresh leads about the case.
    KSP Public Affairs Officer Trooper Jeff Gregory hopes Friday’s video release will encourage someone, who may have information about the case, to contact authorities.

  • Glasscock principal has resigned

    Jennifer Brogle is stepping down as the principal at Glasscock Elementary School.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 21, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Building.

    The agenda includes this following:

    - Minutes of regular meeting of May 7 and May 16 metings

    - Allocation(s) of community area development funds for 2015