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Today's News

  • Fiscal court receives first draft of 2013-14 budget

    Marion County Judge/Executive John G. Mattingly presented the first draft of the 2013-14 budget during the May 2 meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court.
    The initial proposal shows $14.59 million in revenue and expenses for the next fiscal year. The general fund is projected to be $6.64 million.
    The court tentatively scheduled a work session for June 8 to work on any revisions to the budget. The magistrates must approve two readings of the budget before it is approved, and the budget must be approved by the end of June.
    In other business:

  • Tourist commission holding interviews

    The Lebanon Tourist and Convention Commission was scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7. The only item on the agenda is an executive session under KRS 61.810(f), which deals with possible hiring, firing or disciplinary action.
    The commission is searching for a replacement for outgoing tourism director Nicky Reynolds, who has accepted an offer to become the vice president of the Rutherford County Convention and Visitors Bureau in Tennessee.

  • Fields of Gold

    On the roads that straddle Marion and Nelson counties, drivers may have seen fields that look like they have been marked with a giant highlighter. The farmers of Peterson Farm have added canola to their crop rotation this year, and people are taking notice.
    “I’ve seen people taking photographs, and I’ve also seen people go out and cut it for cut flowers,” said Albert Peterson, who farms with his father, Bill, and his uncles, Bernard and David.

  • Superintendent unexpectedly announces retirement

    Almost two years to the day after Dr. Chuck Hamilton was hired to become the Marion County Superintendent, he unexpectedly announced his retirement Thursday evening, May 2.
    Hamilton’s announcement came during a special-called meeting at the Marion County Board of Education office. At 5 p.m., the board went into executive session to discuss personnel under KRS 61.810(1)(f).
    The closed session lasted only two minutes and the board reconvened into open session and unanimously accepted Hamilton’s retirement, effective June 30.

  • Governor hints redistricting special session is possible

    The 2013 General Assembly concluded March 30, but last week Gov. Steve Beshear indicated he may call a special session to deal with redistricting.
    “I hope to deal with redistricting sometime before the next regular session in January so that it will not be a distraction when we’re preparing the budget for the commonwealth for the next two years,” Beshear was quoted as saying in Lexington Herald-Leader’s Bluegrass Politics Blog.

  • Louisville man found guilty of disorderly conduct, harassment

    A Louisville man who filed a federal civil lawsuit over his arrest was found guilty on two charges Friday after a jury trial in Marion District Court
    James G. Walker Jr., 47, of 7500 Farm House Lane in Louisville was found guilty of disorderly conduct and harassment. Charges of resisting arrest and fourth-degree assault were dismissed, although the harassment charge was listed as a lesser charge to assault in the court records.

  • The search begins… again

    Marion County Superintendent Chuck Hamilton’s retirement announcement took me by total surprise last week as I sat, stunned, in the meeting room at the board of education following a mere two-minute executive session Thursday evening.
    All I could do was shake my head in pure disbelief.

  • It's National Travel and Tourism Week

    No matter when spring falls on a calendar, it doesn’t feel like it truly hits its stride until the first Saturday of May, when the greatest two minutes in sports sends another Kentucky Derby winner into the history books.

  • Superintendent search has begun

    The Marion County Board of Education took its first few steps toward searching for a new superintendent during a special-called meeting Tuesday night, May 7.
    Dr. Chuck Hamilton unexpectedly announced his retirement Thursday evening, May 2.
    Board Attorney Joe Mattingly informed the board that it had until May 31 to establish a screening committee. He also told board members that they must decide whether they want to hire a special search consultant, such as the Kentucky School Boards Association, or complete the search process in-house.

  • School board holding special-called meeting tonight

    The Marion County Board of Education has scheduled a special-called meeting at 5:30 tonight, May 7, at the board office, 755 E. Main Street in Lebanon.

    The agenda includes the following:

    - Pledge of Allegiance/moment of silence

    - Student learning and consent items

    - Minutes of the May 2 meeting

    - Superintendent search process

    - Executive session (if needed)