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Today's News

  • Kentucky ends fiscal 2014 with $90 million shortfall

    The Courier-Journal

    Kentuckians are buying more stuff, but they aren’t paying as much in taxes, and that has left the state with a $90 million revenue shortfall.
    The state budget office released the year-end report on general fund receipts Thursday, showing that the amount of tax revenue collected in fiscal year 2014 fell 1 percent short of the official $9.55 billion estimate when it ended June 30.

  • Governor, congressman announce next steps for statewide high-speed broadband project

    Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT – Gov. Steve Beshear and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers announced July 11 that two requests for proposals are being issued this month on a public-private partnership project to build critically needed high-speed broadband Internet access to the farthest reaches of the state.
    Increasing broadband access in Eastern Kentucky is a primary focus of the project.

  • Flying high again

    By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Jets Over Kentucky is back at the Lebanon-Springfield Airport.

    Lewis Patton organized the event, and he said around 200 pilots will be participating in this year.

    It will be the 10th year that the event has taken place. Pilots love the event, and Patton said that is because of the community. 

  • Fair weather

     This year, the Marion County Fair had the weather on its side. Last year, rain forced the cancellation of several days of events. 

    “It was outstanding compared to last year,” fair board member Charlotte Miracle said. “We had no rain and good attendance.”

    Miracle said they had good turnout for both days of pageants, including higher local attendance as well.

  • Council hears flood report

    After eight months of work, O’Brien and Gere Engineers presented the findings of their study of flooding in downtown Lebanon.

    During the 54-minute presentation, Ken Roseman, Jonathan Steflik and Derek Reid presented the city with a variety of options to address the problem. The potential solutions included everything from removing sediment and debris to upgrading the entire conveyance system at a cost of $3.82 million.

    The city paid the engineering firm $118,797. 

  • Special city council meetings Friday, Monday

    The Lebanon City Council is holding special-called meetings at 5:30 p.m. Friday, July 11, and 5:30 p.m. Monday, July 14.

    The agenda for Friday's meeting includes the second reading of an ordinance, which would remove 10-minute parking on the 200 block of W. Main Street and replace it with two-hour parking. The first reading of this ordinance was approved at the council's July 7 meeting.

  • MCHS registration is July 29-Aug. 1

     Marion County High School will welcome the Class of 2018 with Freshman JumpStart from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Aug. 1. All incoming freshman should plan to attend to learn everything they need to know to get ready for high school. Parents will not need to attend JumpStart

    Freshmen registration will follow JumpStart from 1:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Parents will need to attend registration.  

    Registration Dates

  • Loretto native coming home for ‘new challenge’

     By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Steve Nally is ready for a new challenge.

    He’s spent more than 40 years in the bourbon industry and has held the title of “master distiller” for two different companies for nearly 20 years.

    Now, the Loretto native is set to help Bardstown Brewing Company make a name for itself on the Bourbon Trail.

  • City moving to condemn E. Walnut Street property

    The City of Lebanon is one step closer to condemning the vacant property on the corner of E. Walnut Street and Woodlawn Avenue.

    The city filed a petition of condemnation on Dec. 2 against Barry Bright of South Jordan, Utah, and his relatives. The 20 defendants named in the petition are children of Helen Bright, who was listed as an owner of the property and who died in 1996. They all have Utah addresses, according to the city’s petition.

  • Senator talks about farms, regulations

    U.S. Sen. Mitch McCon-nell stopped by the Marion County Extension Office July 2 to meet with about 40 people, including farmers and local officials.

    He spoke about agriculture, and he spoke about regulatory abuse “which has been on steroids under this administration.”

    David Kessler, the Marion County extension agent for agriculture, introduced McConnell. He reminded everyone that this visit was about issues, and it was not a campaign stop.