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  • Congressman speaks on new districts, federal budget

    Congressman Brett Guthrie, perhaps in one of his last appearances representing Marion County, was the guest speaker at the Marion County Industrial Foundation's Friday Forum last week at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    Guthrie, a Republican, opened by addressing the redistricting change that has moved Marion County from the Second District, which he represents, to the First District, which is represented by Congressman Ed Whitefield, another Republican.

  • Limestone Branch Distillery grand opening is April 14

    Limestone Branch Distillery will celebrate its grand opening at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 14, at 1280 Veterans Memorial Highway in Lebanon.

    The distillery will fill its first bourbon barrel at 2 p.m., and Kreekwater Koolaid will provide live entertainment from 3 to 7 p.m.

  • City gives initial support for housing development

    The Lebanon City Council has given its support, in principle, to assist Nally and Hayden with a planned housing development near Wal-mart.

    Tony O'Daniel, a real estate broker, spoke with city officials Monday evening on behalf of Nally and Hayden. The development calls for around 86 residential lots to be built.

  • Mayor asks citizens to watch grass clippings

    Lebanon city officials have received complaints about grass clippings being blown into the street, and Mayor Gary Crenshaw asked citizens to try to keep their clippings in their yards.

    "One, it's a hazard, and two, it's detrimental to the finances of the city," he said.

  • City approves health insurance plan

    The city council unanimously approved the health insurance plan for city employees on Monday evening, electing to go with a proposal from Humana.

    United Healthcare offered a renewal rate 29 percent higher than the city's current plan. The Humana offer is 8.6 percent less than the city's current plan.

    Under the Humana plan, the city will pay a monthly premium of $29,717.62.

  • Trash talk: Garbage bill could increase

    Marion County residents may see an increase in their garbage fees in the near future.

    During the April 5 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly announced that the Nelson County Fiscal Court is increasing its fees for disposing of waste at the Nelson County landfill.

    Starting July 1, Marion County will be charged $11.45 per cubic yard of compacted trash delivered to the Nelson County landfill.

  • One day left for legislature

    Both houses of the Kentucky General Assembly have approved more than 130 bills so far during the 2012 regular session, and Governor Steve Beshear has signed 28 of them into law.

    Those new laws cover a range of topics - from alternate high school diplomas for students with disabilities - to sewer collection charges and pharmacy audits.

  • No blacks allowed?

    Desmond Spalding was planning a night out on the town with his wife and some of their friends Thursday, but he got a surprise when he arrived at Susie's Bottoms Up in Raywick.

    After he got out of his car, people started telling him to turn around because Susie's wasn't letting black people in that night. He assumed they were joking until he got to the door.

    "The bouncer said, sorry to tell you this, no black people can come in tonight," Desmond Spalding said.

  • Harley-Davidson ride proposed through Marion County

    Mark McGee of Harley-Davidson of Louisville and Keith Thomas of Loretto spoke with a short-handed Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission Monday afternoon about creating a motorcycle run through Marion County.

    According to their proposal, the ride would start in Loretto and end in Lebanon with an estimated 100-500 riders. The date of the event is still to be determined.

  • Fiscal court meets Thursday, April 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 5, in the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

    The agenda for today's meeting includes:

    - Minutes of the previous meeting.

    - Budget transfers

    - Resolutions for National Autism Awareness Month in Marion County and proclaiming of April 23-29 as the Centennial Celebration of Ursuline Education and Ministry in Marion County,

    -   Transfer of funds for Marion County WMA to KDFW to Administer