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  • Road department ready for one more round of snow

     As of Monday, the Marion County road department had enough salt and other materials available to handle one more round of snow.

    Marion County Road Supervisor Tommy Lee said it takes about 80 tons to treat the roads when it snows. Last week, Lee purchased a round of sand and calcium chloride mix from IMI, which his department mixed with salt to treat the roads during the weekend’s snow. 

    “I’ve got about one more round left,” Lee said Monday.

  • Here to help

    Nearly 45 years ago, Junior Adams started something that’s still yielding benefits today.

    “In the winter of 1969, I was sitting around one day thinking there’s got to be something for me to do around here besides work,” Adams said.

    Adams had graduated from St. Augustine High School earlier that year, and he had a job with Nalley and Gibson in Springfield. But he was looking for something more.

  • Eddie Miles Valentine’s Concert is Feb. 14-15

     Marion County’s own Elvis impersonator, Eddie Miles, will be back in concert for Valentine’s Day. Miles will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 14, and Saturday, Feb. 15, in Angelic Hall at Centre Square.

    Tickets start at $20 at the door or in advance at the Marion County Heritage Center. For ticket information, call 270-699-9455 or 270-321-0218.

  • Loretto Fire Department fund-raiser to begin soon

     The Loretto Fire Department will be holding a  door-to-door fund-raiser for several weeks to raise money to upgrade the department’s second engine truck. 

    Donors will receive a free 8x10 family portrait. Everyone will be notified by mail of photo dates.  For more information call Troy Hardin at 270-402-9373. A representative of the photo company will be doing the solicitations and will have an ID.

  • New electric franchise agreement nearing for city, KU

     It’s been 20 years since the City of Lebanon approved a franchise agreement with Kentucky Utilities. If the city council approves a recommendation from Mayor Gary Crenshaw, KU customers could start paying a higher franchise fee, but the effect on monthly bills would be slight.

    The city’s current agreement was signed May 9, 1994, with Kentucky Utilities. 

  • Fiscal court approves E911 equipment purchase

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has approved purchasing equipment needed to implement Enhanced 911.

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly said equipment will cost around $70,000, and it includes hardware, software and monitors for two dispatchers.

    The county previously received a $120,000 CMRS grant to help cover the cost of the equipment.

    “We’re in good shape as far as the equipment cost,” Mattingly said Monday in a phone interview.

  • State trying to conserve salt

     Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – A robust winter season and more precipitation expected in the coming weeks has Kentucky Transportation Cabinet officials looking for ways to conserve salt as deliveries slow and materials run in short supply.

  • Bluegrass Pipeline future still unclear

    By Ryan Quinn

    The State Journal

    It’s still unclear whether the proposed Bluegrass Pipeline project will move forward, officials from Boardwalk Pipeline Partners indicated during last week’s fourth quarter earnings call.

  • Lawmaker says he may have votes to pass gaming amendment

     By Kevin Wheatley

    The State Journal

    The Senate majority caucus will soon discuss whether there are enough votes to pass a constitutional amendment allowing casino gambling in Kentucky, Caucus Chair Dan Seum said Feb. 5.

  • Slim majority supports allowing medical marijuana in Kentucky

     By Janet Patton

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A slim majority of Kentucky voters is ready to legalize medical marijuana, according to a Herald-Leader/WKYT Bluegrass Poll.

    The survey asked 1,082 registered voters whether they favored or opposed allowing the use of medical marijuana in Kentucky; 52 percent were in favor, 37 percent were opposed and 12 percent were not sure.