• Kentucky lawmakers to examine possible abuse of farmland tax break

    By John Cheves
    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Investigators for the state legislature will examine how Kentucky officials annually forfeit taxes on $36.6 billion in property values under the farmland preservation tax break, a subject highlighted in February by a series of stories in the Herald-Leader.

  • Legislators, organizations aim to raise awareness of grandparents' financial struggles

    By Emma Kennedy
    The News-Enterprise

    The number of grandchildren being raised by grandparents has more than doubled in the last four decades, rising to a total of 5.4 million children in ‘grandfamily’ homes, according to the Population Reference Bureau.
    It’s becoming more commonplace for multigenerational families to live together, but many grandparents struggle to make ends meet without extra support, according to Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear.

  • Recallable nickel petition is filed

    A petition of more than 1,500 signatures was filed Saturday morning, May 14, in the Marion County Clerk’s office that could put the Marion County Board of Education’s recallable nickel on voting ballots.
    According to Marion County Clerk Chad Mattingly, a minimum of 741 valid signatures are needed to make the petition legit. (The petition must be signed by a minimum of 10 percent of the voters who cast ballots in the 2012 presidential election.)

  • Visitor spending contributes more than $27 million to local economy

    Lebanon and Marion County continue to give visitors more and more reasons to visit this community at the epicenter of Kentucky barrel and bourbon making. The “Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry” report has been released and, once again, Marion County’s numbers have increased over the previous year.
    In 2015, tourism expenditures in Marion County totaled more than $27 million, which reflects an increase of 8 percent above 2014 figures.

  • Plans for a multipurpose facility at fairgrounds in the works

    Marion County could have its very own convention center, of sorts, in the future.
    One of the first steps in making that a reality took place at the Marion County Fiscal Court’s regular monthly meeting Thursday, May 5, when magistrates voted to proceed with the architectural planning phase of a multipurpose facility, which could be constructed at the Marion County Fairgrounds.

  • County approves hiring new employee to focus on collecting late garbage payments

    The Marion County Fiscal Court unanimously voted Thursday to hire an additional fulltime administrative position for the judge/executive’s office that will primarily focus on collecting delinquent garbage bills and occupational taxes.
    In January, Marion County Judge/Executive David Daugherty and his staff began to dig into the county’s long list of delinquent garbage accounts, and this new position will enable the county to keep a much closer eye on delinquent accounts.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court to meet today, May 5

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be meeting today, Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center.

    The agenda includes the following:

  • Primary Election is May 17

    The Primary Election, which will be held May 17, is quickly approaching.
    Richard Treitz of Green County and William Brandon Reed of LaRue County, both Republican candidates, will face off in the race for the 24th District State Representative seat.
    The winner will challenge incumbent Terry Mills, a Democrat, in the November General Election.
    The 24th District State Representative represents Marion, Green and LaRue counties in the Kentucky House of Representatives.

  • County not allowing vandals to spoil Scott’s Ridge lookout

    The Scott’s Ridge lookout in Raywick provides one of the most beautiful views of Marion County, but its splendor is often spoiled by vulgar graffiti and litter.
    Marion County Sheriff Jimmy Clements has made it his own personal project to try and keep that area cleaned up. He’s also put surveillance cameras in the area to try and catch the people who are defacing the property.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court to meet today, April 21

    The Marion County Fiscal Court will be having its regular monthly meeting at 4 p.m., Thursday, April 21, on the second floor of the David R. Hourigan Government Center on North Spalding Avenue.