• City hires consultant for community development

    The Lebanon City Council voted to hire Wendy K. Smith of Lebanon as a consultant for community development during its regular monthly meeting Jan. 9. Smith will head the project starting in March and ending in May to the tune of $12,820.
    According to the proposal provided by Smith, the community development research will be done in several phases. The proposal states that the project will take 101 hours making her hourly rate $120.

  • ‘I did what I thought was right’

    Casting his vote for right-to-work legislation was the most difficult vote State Sen. Jimmy Higdon said he’s had to make during his 15 years of serving in state government.
    “I know I disappointed a lot of people with my vote on this bill,” Higdon said during the Marion County Chamber of Commerce’s annual legislative coffee on Jan. 11. “That’s the toughest vote I’ve ever taken. I’ve got friends on each side of that issue.”

  • Deputy emergency management directors not new to Marion County or emergency situations

    When it comes to emergencies, Marion County is in good hands.
    In addition to former Lebanon Police Officer Byron Richardson being the Marion County Emergency Management Director, the Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously approved the appointment of Gary Luce and Dudley Friend Adle Jr. as deputy emergency management directors.

  • City & county government briefs

    The Lebanon City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Monday, Dec. 12. During the meeting, the council:

  • Kentucky Senate re-elects Higdon as majority whip


  • Former Lebanon Police Officer suing city

    A former Lebanon Police Officer is suing the City of Lebanon after he was fired on Oct. 12.
    According to the lawsuit, filed on Nov. 7 in Marion Circuit Court, Joseph Aaron Caldwell, who was a Lebanon police officer for almost six years, is suing the city for violating the Police Officer's Bill of Rights when they terminated him.

  • Fiscal court meeting briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Nov. 17, and magistrates:
    • Approve advertising for bids on salt for the road department. Road Supervisor Jimmy Rakes reported that the county currently has approximately 650 tons of road salt in storage.
    • Approved the adoption of a resolution of the Lincoln Trail Hazard Mitigation and Flood Mitigation 2015 Plan updates.
    • Approved the appointment of Shawn Gibson and Kim Jones to the Marion County Extension District Board.

  • Reed ready for new direction

    Election Day was full of surprises, both on a national level and here at home. William Brandon Reed defeated long-time democratic incumbent, Terry Mills, in the state representative race by 1,591 votes.
    In Marion County, Mills beat Reed with a resounding 5,973 votes to 2,117 votes, but it was LaRue and Green counties that wrote the rest of the story. In Green County, Reed came out ahead 3,812 to 1,344. In LaRue County (where Reed lives), Reed ended the night with 4,634 to Mills’ 1,655.

  • Chief nervous about police shortage

    The Lebanon Police department will soon be understaffed, but Police Chief Wally Brady wants people to know that the streets will still be covered.
    Brady addressed the Lebanon City Council on Monday, Nov. 7, to report on the current staffing issues with the department.
    “I was in service training last week with 100 chiefs across the state of Kentucky,” Brady said, “and all the police departments across the state of Kentucky are dealing with the same situation that we’re dealing with.”

  • Nickel passes

    The voters have spoken.
    Fifty-four percent of Marion County voters cast ballots in favor of the recallable nickel during the 2016 General Election on Tuesday, Nov. 8. A total of 4,206 people voted for the nickel, while 3,563 voted against it. This is in sharp contrast to eight years ago, when the majority of voters (58.2 percent) voted against the nickel.
    With the additional funds from the recallable nickel, plus matching state funds, the Marion County Public School System will have approximately $30 million that can only be used to build or renovate facilities.