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  • City agrees to hire lobbyist

    The Lebanon City Council voted 5-0 Monday to help the Marion County Fiscal Court hire a lobbyist in Frankfort. While they aren't the first city or county to employ a legislative agent, this is the first time the two local governing bodies have done so.

    City Councilman Bill Pickerill was not present at Monday's meeting.

  • Ready to listen and learn

    The day after he won the special election for the 24th District state representative seat, Terry Mills was enjoying a break after 28 straight days of campaigning and catching up on some housework.

    "I'm happy I can take a day and kind of relax," he said.

    But Mills, 59, didn't get to rest for long.

    Monday morning, the Secretary of State's office certified the election results, and Mills was sworn in as the state's newest state representative that afternoon.

  • City, county seek grant for fire training facility

    The Marion County fire departments are seeking grant funding to build a fire training facility.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court has agreed to serve as the depository for the grant funds if it is approved.

    The estimated cost to construct the facility is $155,000. The proposal includes a drill tower, a burn/smoke building and a multi-purpose building.

  • Mills swearing in Monday

    Terry Mills was elected Feb. 2 to become the next 24th District state representative.

    The Secretary of State's Office is expected to certify the election Monday, Feb. 8, and Mills expects to be sworn in on the floor of the House of Representatives in Frankfort at 4 that afternoon.

    However, Mills has also scheduled a ceremonial swearing in for 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 7, at the St. Joe Community Center.

  • Saying good-bye to Mattingly

    School Board member Joe Mattingly resigned from his position last week after his daughter, Christina L. McRay, was hired as the assistant principal at Marion County High School. Under KRS 160.180, individuals who have a relative working for the school district may not serve on the school board. Relative is defined in this section as a father, mother, brother, sister, husband, wife, son, daughter, aunt, uncle, son-in-law or daughter-in-law.

    Board chairwoman Sr. Kay Carlew and Superintendent Donald Smith thanked Mattingly for his years of service during the Jan.

  • Mills wins tight race

    Terry Mills of Lebanon will be the next state representative from the 24th District.

    Mills won a closely contested special election Feb. 2. He will succeed Jimmy Higdon as the representative for Casey and Marion counties and part of Pulaski County.

    Mills received 3,001 votes to Johnson's 2,518 votes, according to the unofficial totals on the Secretary of State's website.

    Out of 26,141 registered voters in the district, 5,519 cast ballots. That is a turnout of 21.1 percent, according to the Secretary of State's office.

  • Is a lobbyist in city's, county's future?

    When Tom Lund visited the Marion County Fiscal Court during its Jan. 21 meeting, he had one request - that the county consider hiring a lobbyist in Frankfort.

    Specifically, Lund was asking if the county would split with the City of Lebanon the cost of hiring Karen Thomas-Lentz to advocate on their behalf at a cost of $20,000 a year. Lund is the executive director of the Marion County Economic Development Office and manages the Marion County Industrial Foundation.

  • Schools trying to close the gaps

    Closing the achievement gap is an ongoing goal for the Marion County School District, and local schools got a closer look at what gaps exist among their student body recently when test scores were released.

    While the playing field has changed - the CATS (Commonwealth Accountability Testing System) is no longer in existence - Senate Bill 168 requires all schools to analyze test data and identify achievement gaps among subpopulations of students.

  • Luckett named interim police chief

    Lebanon Mayor Gary Crenshaw has appointed Sgt. Mike Luckett as the interim Lebanon Police Chief. Luckett took over as acting chief Feb. 1.

    Crenshaw noted in a memorandum to the Lebanon Police Department that Luckett is not a candidate to fill the position permanently.

    "This selection will help ensure that those applications from within the department are considered in an equitable manner," Crenshaw wrote.

    In a phone interview, Crenshaw said Luckett is a competent and responsible person.

  • Rachel's Challenge speaker coming to Marion County

    Craig Scott was a student at Columbine High School April 20, 1999, when the infamous shooting spree took place. His sister, Rachel, was the first person killed that fateful day.

    Monday, Feb. 8, Craig Scott will be visiting Marion County. He is scheduled to speak with middle school students at 9 a.m. and with high school students at 1 p.m. He will meet with Friends of Rachel (a teen leadership group) at 3:30 that afternoon, and he will give a community presentation at 7 p.m. at Marion County High School.