• 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.

  • Council chooses two local banks to finance $4 million city hall project
  • State Rep. Mills seeks to help state with drug problem

    This is Terry Mills’ sixth election. His formula for winning? Doing the same thing he’s always done.
    “I talk about what I believe and who I am and what I want to do,” he said. “I don’t focus that much on the opponent.”
    That kind of thinking is in stark contrast to many political philosophies, particularly on the national stage. However, Mills has deep convictions about the things he aims to accomplish, and he’s proud of all the things he’s gotten to do so far. However, he is no stranger to public attacks.

  • Reed wants to tackle state pension, tax reform

    Brandon Reed wants to shake things up if he gets elected as the state representative of the 24th district.
    With him comes a plethora of conservative views that fall right in line with many conventional Republicans, but his reasoning for getting into politics in the first place is anything but conventional.

  • Fiscal Court approves purchase of EMS equipment, ambulance

    Among various items approved during the Marion County Fiscal Court’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, Oct. 6, magistrates approved the purchase of four new defibrillators for more than $102,000.

  • Jim Gray takes on Rand Paul for senate seat

    It’s election season so that means candidates are scrambling to be heard by any means possible. One of the hotly contested races this year is the United States Senate seat currently held by Senator Rand Paul.
    Paul’s opposition is Jim Gray.
    Gray is the current Mayor of Lexington and has been in office since 2011. He was raised in Glasgow, Kentucky and is proud of the fact that he is a seventh-generation Kentuckian.

  • Council approves bid for new city hall

    The Lebanon City Council held a special called meeting on Monday to discuss the bids for construction of the new city hall.

    There was little discussion before the council voted to approve the lowest bid, which went to Isaac Tatum Construction. At $4.38 million, the project will cost about $1 million more than previously expected by architects from Murphy+Graves+Trimble, PLLC (MGT).
    Lead architect TimMurphy said he didn’t foresee any big variations in the costs.