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Government

  • The price of progress

    The Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting room was full Thursday afternoon and tensions were high in anticipation of the court’s decision regarding its agreement with Maker’s Mark Distillery.

    Prior to any discussion or voting, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty read the following statement aloud:

  • Fiscal court briefs

    The regular called meeting of the Marion County Fiscal Court was held on May 3.  The following are news briefs from that meeting:

    • The fiscal court was joined by Jim Askins with NG-KIH Design Build LLC and the Ledcor Group to discuss the Kentucky Wired Program. Askins reported that 3,400 miles of fiber optic cable would be installed statewide in the project. Askins reported that Marion County falls into the Ring 3 territory and that work would be completed on Aug. 4, 2020.  

  • U.S. Rep. James Comer: ‘Marion County is an economic development success story’

    “I’m a big fan of your economic team here in Marion County,” said U.S. House of Representatives and Kentucky Representative James Comer. “This is an economic development success story. I travel the state a lot, there’s some counties that say they can’t get jobs there. Marion County has written the book on how to attract industry without being blessed with university headquarters here or a major interstate running right through it.”

  • County water rates rising

    Marion County Water District customers will likely notice an increase on their next bill.

  • State to match Marion County’s recallable nickel, pending Gov. Bevin approval

    The Kentucky Senate and House of Representatives have approved a budget that would include matching Marion County’s recallable nickel tax, and it’s awaiting Governor Matt Bevin’s approval.

    Gov. Bevin has until Friday, April 13, to approve or veto the proposal, according to State Sen. Jimmy Higdon. 

  • Kentucky legislators pass overnight pension bill

    In a surprise late night move, the Kentucky legislature passed a new pension bill, Senate Bill 151, at 10:15 p.m., Thursday, March 29. The bill is a change from the previously proposed Senate Bill 1, which teachers adamantly opposed earlier in the month. 

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, who also calls Marion County home, voted in favor of Senate Bill 151. 

  • Not backing down

    Local educators and their supporters took to the streets last week to show their disapproval of Senate Bill 1, which would cut pensions for teachers and state workers. On Thursday, March 15, the Marion County Education Association, teachers, education staff, supporters and students gathered at Lebanon Elementary School to march in protest against the cuts. 

    Greg Conley, Project Lead the Way Teacher at Marion County High School, was present at the march to stand alongside his colleagues in opposition of the bill. 

  • Marion County teachers protest Senate Bill 1

    The Kentucky Senate is currently considering a proposed pension reform bill, Senate Bill 1, which could cut educators pension and cost of living expenses drastically. 

    According to Ellen McFall, president of the Marion County Education Association (MCEA) and library media specialist at Lebanon Elementary School, these proposed budget cuts would affect Marion County teachers directly, ensuring fewer teachers in schools for the next year.

  • Sisters rally for Dreamers

    The clock is ticking for the Dreamers, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace are pleading for a way to allow the young immigrants to stay here.

  • District judge candidate – Jude Hagan

    Full name: Jude Anthony Hagan 

    Age: 55

    Address: 135 Park Heights, Lebanon, Kentucky 40033 

     

    Educational background:

    I obtained both my Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Law Degree from the University of Louisville.

     

    Work experience: