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Government

  • Senator Higdon: ‘We are a country of second chances’

     

  • Rep. Reed awarded Mental Health Legislative Champions Award

     

  • Traveling soon? Make sure you’re prepared with proper identification documents

    Kentucky’s new driver’s licenses - the travel license - offers all of the benefits of a standard driver’s credential, and it will be accepted at airport security checkpoints and military bases. Air travelers under the age of 18 do not need a travel ID if they are accompanied by an adult with acceptable documentation. Starting in October 2020, Kentucky residents will no longer be able to get on domestic flights with their standard driver’s licenses.

  • Elder resigns as magistrate

    John Arthur Elder III, who has served as magistrate for 17 years, unexpectedly resigned Friday morning.

    Elder emailed the Enterprise Friday morning. His email reads as follows:

    To my Constituents of District C and Marion County,

  • Lebanon attorney nominated for Ky. Court of Appeals judgeship

    The Judicial Nominating Commission, led by Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr., recently announced nominees to fill the judicial vacancy on the Kentucky Court of Appeals. The vacancy is in the court’s 3rd District, Division 1, which is made up of 27 counties.  
    The three nominees for the judgeship are attorneys Jonathan R. Spalding of Lebanon, Jacqueline M. Caldwell of Bardstown and Walter F. Maguire Sr. of Somerset.

  • Tempers flare during wage discussion

     The members of the Marion County Fiscal Court agree that county employees deserve to be paid more, but how the county can afford to do that is unclear.

    The fiscal court held a special-called meeting on Feb. 13 to discuss employee salaries, and several county employees from various departments attended. 

  • Economic development report positive for City of Lebanon

     Tom Lund, executive director of the Marion County Industrial Foundation, reviewed the foundation’s annual report with the Lebanon City Council on Feb. 11, and discussed the latest news with industries in Marion County.

    “In the distilled spirits sector of Marion County, Makers Mark has taken on a $495 million dollar expansion, Diageo announcing a $130 million dollar expansion, so that is $625 million into the Marion County and Lebanon sector.”

    Lund said Diageo will also be partnering with local agriculture. 

  • Farm Service Agency reopens amidst government shutdown

    The federal government is reopened, temporarily at least, but many federal agencies and employees continue to feel the impact of the longest government shutdown in United States’ history.

    The shutdown, which began on Dec. 22 and temporarily ended on Jan. 25, has been a challenge for the Kentucky Farm Service Office, according to State Executive Director Brian D. Lacefield

  • Government shutdown’s impact trickling down to Marion County

     The partial government shutdown that started before Christmas is the longest in U.S. history, and its impact is being felt in Marion County.

    “The government shutdown is in Marion County’s pocket now,” Marion County Jailer Barry Brady told the Marion County Fiscal Court during its meeting Thursday, Jan. 17.

    Brady received a letter from the U.S. Marshal Service last week, informing him there will be a delay in payment for federal inmates being housed at the detention center.

  • Ky. State Treasurer returns $247,953 to Marion County

    The Kentucky State Treasury has experienced another year of record unclaimed property returns under the leadership of Treasurer Allison Ball, her office recently announced. Treasurer Ball has returned more unclaimed property in a three-year period than any state treasurer in Kentucky history. To date, her office has returned over $70,167,000 to Kentuckians. This record amount of returns includes $247,953 returned to Marion County since she took office.