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  • Bills aim to shine light on public pensions

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    FRANKFORT — Kentucky taxpayers spend hundreds of millions of dollars every year providing pensions for government employees, including state lawmakers, without knowing who gets what.
    State law shields information about individual pensions from public scrutiny. Although salary data is publicly available for local and state government workers and elected officials, once they retire, their pensions are exempt from the Kentucky Open Records Act.

  • All schools to start at 8:16 a.m.

    Marion County Superintendent Taylora Schlosser announced last week that all Marion County Public Schools would begin starting their day at 8:16 a.m., this week.
    So far this year, Schlosser said every school in the district has started at different times. In some cases, students were going to class and starting their work, but schools weren’t getting credit for that time. For example, Glasscock Elementary’s official start time has been 8:25 a.m., but students actually went to class at 8:10 a.m.

  • Sew on and sew on

    The Marion County Heritage Center served as a showcase for the Heart of Kentucky Quilt Show on Saturday.
    The show took place Feb. 1, a week after it was originally scheduled, but the visitors didn’t seem to mind the calendar change.
    “It’s like eye candy. I just can’t get enough,” Ann Mattingly said.
    Mattingly is a quilter, and she said coming to the show gives her ideas for future projects. Mattingly came to the show with her mother, Wendy Dye, who is also the person who taught her how to quilt.

  • Not so Hot-lanta

    Erica Ferguson of Lebanon and her boyfriend David Chavez of Brownsville got to see firsthand just how crippling a few inches of snow can be when they drove through Atlanta last week.
    "It was seriously like 'The Walking Dead.' People were just panicking," Ferguson said. "It was awful."
    Chavez agreed.
    "If there were zombies walking around, it would have been exactly like that," he said. "I saw a grown man cry."

  • No road tests for new drivers today in Marion County

    The Marion County Circuit Clerk's office has announced there will be no
    road test for drivers' licenses today in Marion County.

    Call 270-692-2681 to set up another appointment.

  • No school Tuesday for Marion County schools

    Due to the road conditions Marion County schools are closed Tuesday, Feb. 4, Superintendent Taylora Schlosser has announced.

  • 10-digit dialing is mandatory starting Feb. 1

    Starting Saturday, residents of the 270 area code will be required to dial 10 digits to make a local phone call.
    Andrew Melnykovych, communications director for the Public Service Commission, said customers who dial seven digits after Feb. 1 should get a message reminding them they need to dial 10 digits.
    “With most telecommunications providers, they will get a recording saying you must dial the area code,” Melnykovych said.

  • Marion County Arts Council celebrates black history

    “Black history – a look through time.” This will be this year’s venue for the annual black history festival presented by the Marion County Arts and Humanities Council. The festival will be held next Saturday, Feb. 8, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., at the Lebanon United Presbyterian Church.
    Displays will include “A Flattering Design,” which will include attire worn by African women. Hairdressers will be on hand to teach techniques of hair design, along with displaying the changing hairstyles from the past.

  • Send us your fun in the snow photos!

    It’s been a winter for the record books, and many of us are ready for spring. But, before we tell Old Man Winter to take a hike, we want to see your snow photos. Did you go sledding? Or, make an awesome snowman? Or, have a crazy snowball fight? Send us your photos and they might appear in the Feb. 19 edition of The Lebanon Enterprise. Email your photos to editor@lebanonenterprise.com. Make sure to include the names of the people pictured, along with where and when the photo was taken. Deadline to email photos is 5 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 12.

  • Two running for county judge

    Douglas Lee Mattingly of McElroy Pike was the first candidate to throw his hat in the ring in the 2014 race for Marion County judge/executive, and now he has some competition. David Daugherty of Loretto Road has also filed to run. Both candidates are running in the Democratic primary.
    Also, Chad Mattingly of Country Club Drive is the first candidate to file for Marion County Clerk.
    And three of the five incumbent magistrates will have challengers in the primary election.