• 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.

  • Magistrate indicted, charged with a Class D felony

    Magistrate John Arthur Elder III was indicted in Marion Circuit Court Thursday, Sept. 5.

    Elder, 53, of 311 North Spalding Avenue in Lebanon was officially charged with theft by failure to make required disposition of property, a Class D felony.

  • Costs climbing for county jails

     The costs to incarcerate continue to climb for Marion County, as well as every other community in the state that operates a jail. 

    While county jails were never intended to do more than simply warehouse inmates, Marion County Jailer Barry Brady and his staff have gone above and beyond that for the inmates they serve to help them become productive members of society rather than repeat offenders.

    And, doing so costs more money.

  • Too much discretion?

     “Community project funds”.

    “Fiscal court project funds”.

    “Discretionary funds”.

    No matter what they’re called, they’ve been under scrutiny recently by Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty. 

    A stricter policy needs to be approved regarding these funds, Daugherty told magistrates at the Marion County Fiscal Court’s meeting on Aug. 2.

    So, what are these funds, exactly? 

  • Judge/executive wants more oversight on magistrates’ discretionary funds

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty wants the county to have more oversight and be more transparent in its use of project and discretionary funds.

    According to Judge Daugherty, magistrates have $10,000 in project funds and $10,000 in discretionary funds to use for their districts each fiscal year. There are guidelines regarding how those funds can be used, but those guidelines need to be reviewed and a stricter policy needs to be approved regarding those funds, he said.

  • Rupa vs. City of Lebanon

     Deanna Rupa of Lebanon is fighting city government to allow murals she’s commissioned on her rental home to remain where they are, which according to zoning officials, is against city ordinances.

    Rupa’s home is located on Woodlawn Avenue, and the murals are painted by Melvin James, local legally-blind artist. The murals celebrate African American visionaries and leaders, as well as other current events, such as the current scandal surrounding Papa John’s founder and chairman, John Schnatter, over alleged racially charged comments. 

  • Update on General Election candidates

     The deadline to file for the General Election for nonpartisan races, such as school board, city councils, etc., is 4 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 14.

    The deadline to file as a write-in for those offices and any partisan office is 4 p.m., Oct. 26.

    The following candidates have filed:

    • District 5 Magistrate: Brian Smith has filed as a write-in candidate for District 5 magistrate (C precincts), which is currently held by John Arthur Elder III. Elder has held that office since 2002.

  • Judge/executive wants more oversight on magistrates’ discretionary funds

    Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty wants the county to have more oversight and be more transparent in its use of project funds and discretionary funds.

    Daugherty read a statement at the end of Thursday’s Marion County Fiscal Court meeting concerning those funds. His statement was as follows:

  • Lebanon City Council approves funding for school resource officer

    The Lebanon City Council approved funding for an additional School Resource Officer (SRO) for Marion County Public Schools during its July 9 meeting.
    The new SRO will help serve the schools located in Lebanon, including Marion County High School, Marion County Knight Academy, Glasscock Elementary, Lebanon Elementary, the Marion County Area Technology Center and the Hugh C. Spalding Academy.