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  • 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

  • County offices to close early Friday

    Several Marion County services will be affected by the Easter weekend, Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly has announced.

    The Marion County Road Department will run a shortened sanitation work schedule on Friday, April 6. The department will close as soon as the routes are finished that day, and the garbage trucks may run earlier than usual on Friday. Residents are asked to put their trash out earlier than normal for pick up on Friday morning.

  • Grand opening of the Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail is Friday, April 13

    The Lebanon Tourist & Convention Commission will host the grand opening of the renovated Cecil L. Gorley Naturalist Trail at Fagan Branch Reservoir, at noon on Friday, April 13.

    This 3.2-mile hiking trail around the 140-acre Fagan Branch Reservoir just outside downtown Lebanon is unique and beautiful, with rolling hills and steep climbs.

  • Graduation set for 11 a.m., Saturday, May 19

    The Class of 2012 will graduate at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 19, at Marion County High School.

    The Marion County Board of Education unanimously approved the change during its meeting Tuesday evening at Lebanon Middle School.

    High School Principal Stacey Hall said he'd received multiple complaints about graduation being rescheduled from May 12 to May 19, but the change was necessary when the last day of school was moved to May 15.

  • Speaker encourages community to be prepared for changes

    The world is changing, so it probably shouldn't be a surprise that Kentucky and Marion County are changing, too.

    The community and local businesses need to be prepared to deal with those changes. That was the message Ron Crouch delivered in a presentation March 21 at the David R. Hourigan Center. Crouch is the director of research and statistics for the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Before accepting his current position, he was the director of the Kentucky State Data Center for 20 years.