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  • Tax break: Council members vote to keep tax rate the same

    The Lebanon City Council voted unanimously Monday evening to not increase tax rates on real and personal property for 2014. Council members all agreed that the city was doing well, financially, and that this would be a good time to give citizens a break.
    “To be in as good of shape as we are... it doesn't make a lot of sense,” Councilman Jay Grundy said. “I don't see it necessary right now.”
    The tax rate for real and personal property will remain the same at 19.8 cents per $100 valuation.

  • Court receives $400,000 for road surfacing

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will receive $400,000 in discretionary road funds from the state during the 2014-15 fiscal year.
    During their Sept. 4 meeting, the magistrates voted 4-0 to approve the agreement to receive the funding from the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. (Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was not present at last week’s meeting.)
    The agreement lists the roads that are scheduled for repaving this year.
    They are:
    • 3.08 miles of Logan Road from US 68 to the Washington County line

  • United Way looking to expand its reach

    The United Way has not been active in Marion County in recent years, but Kenny Fogle is hoping to bring it back.
    Fogle is the executive director of the newly formed Tri-County United Way, which serves Marion, Nelson and Washington counties.
    "It's such a simple concept," Fogle told the audience at the Marion County Industrial Foundation's Sept. 5 Friday Forum at the David R. Hourigan Government Building.

  • Ham Days window decorating contest deadline is Sept. 15

    It's time to decorate your storefront window for Ham Days. The winner will receive $50 and a certificate for the best decorated window. Participants can decorate their windows as they wish, with a focus on Marion County Country Ham Days and what it means. Windows must be decorated by Monday, Sept. 15. If your business is located outside of the Lebanon downtown area, contact the Marion County Chamber of Commerce and let them know you will be participating. The winner will be announced at 1 p.m., Monday, Sept. 22.
     

     

  • Marion County Hammin' it Up Idol continues tonight

    Marion County Hammin' it Up Idol, sponsored by WLSK Country MIKE FM and Miller Lite, continues tonight at Chaser’s Restaurant and Thursday, Sept. 18, at Cozy Corner.
    Registration begins at 7 p.m. and the contest starts at 8 p.m. The contest is for people 13 years old or older.
    Both winners will advance to the finals of the competition, which will be held Saturday, Sept. 27, during Ham Days on the Maker’s Mark/Kentucky Cooperage MainStage. First place winner receives $100 and second place receives $50.
     

  • Nine injured in Hwy. 55 accident

    From The Springfield Sun

    A two-vehicle accident on Ky-55 Saturday evening left nine people injured, including two Washington County residents.
    Brian J. Willman, of Lebanon, was operating his 2003 Dodge Caravan heading south and attempting to turn left onto Booker Road around 6:26 p.m., when the vehicle collided with a northbound 2003 GM Yukon driven by Terry B. Murphy of Campbellsville.

  • For ALS families, coping is a real 'challenge'

    By Chris Kenning
    The Courier-Journal

    The first inkling for Geralyn Schmitt, a busy Louisville nurse with a family, was a feeling of weakness in her legs. Doctors thought it was a back problem.
    The Marion County native had surgery, but it got worse. After nearly a year of uncertainty, she got a diagnosis in 2010 that hit like a hammer blow. She had ALS, an incurable neurodegenerative disease.
    Told she had less than a year to live, she and her husband, Rob, drove home and gathered their daughters at their Jeffersontown home.

  • Spalding gets 15 years for manslaughter, assault, DUI

    A Lebanon man was sentenced Thursday to 15 years in prison for second-degree manslaughter, second-degree assault, DUI first offense and four counts of promoting contraband.
    Joseph M. Spalding, 29, of 516 Valley View Apartments in Lebanon pled guilty to all the counts against him. Judge Allan Bertram handed down the sentence Sept. 4 in Marion Circuit Court.
    Spalding caused a collision Aug. 11, 2013, that killed William J. “Billy Joe” Cecil, 40, of Finley and injured Cecil’s 14-year-old son, Jonathan Blade Cecil.

  • Commission prepares to search for new director

    Monday’s meeting of the Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was a time of good-byes.
    The commission opened its meeting by recognizing Carlotta Brussell, a long-time commission, who recently completed her final term. Later, they said good-bye to Executive Director Carla Abbi, whose final day on the job will be Sept. 16.
    “We did great things and I know you all are going to do great things,” Brussell said. “I have faith in you.”

  • Special-called Lebanon City Council meeting is Wednesday, Sept. 10

    A special meeting of the Lebanon City Council will be held at 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 10, at Lebanon City Hall.

    The purpose of the meeting is as follows:

    • Council approval of the second reading of Ordinance No. 2014-10, an ordinance fixing the tax rate and levying an ad valorem tax for city purposes for the Fiscal Year of 2014-2015 and Providing How the Funds so Raised Shall be Expended