• Kentucky legislators pass overnight pension bill

    In a surprise late night move, the Kentucky legislature passed a new pension bill, Senate Bill 151, at 10:15 p.m., Thursday, March 29. The bill is a change from the previously proposed Senate Bill 1, which teachers adamantly opposed earlier in the month. 

    State Sen. Jimmy Higdon, who also calls Marion County home, voted in favor of Senate Bill 151. 

  • City, county and industrial foundation all meet in closed session

    Tuesday evening, March 27, was a busy one for local government with several meetings being held - all in closed session.

    The Marion County Fiscal Court had a special-called meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 27, at the David R. Hourigan Government Center. The fiscal court met in executive session pursuant to KRS.61.810.1G. The fiscal court’s agenda listed the following:

    “Discussions between a public agency and a representative of a business entity and discussions concerning a specific proposal.”

  • Not backing down

    Local educators and their supporters took to the streets last week to show their disapproval of Senate Bill 1, which would cut pensions for teachers and state workers. On Thursday, March 15, the Marion County Education Association, teachers, education staff, supporters and students gathered at Lebanon Elementary School to march in protest against the cuts. 

    Greg Conley, Project Lead the Way Teacher at Marion County High School, was present at the march to stand alongside his colleagues in opposition of the bill. 

  • Marion County teachers protest Senate Bill 1

    The Kentucky Senate is currently considering a proposed pension reform bill, Senate Bill 1, which could cut educators pension and cost of living expenses drastically. 

    According to Ellen McFall, president of the Marion County Education Association (MCEA) and library media specialist at Lebanon Elementary School, these proposed budget cuts would affect Marion County teachers directly, ensuring fewer teachers in schools for the next year.

  • Beshear warns of text message scam

    In a new scam alert issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear, Kentuckians are being warned of scammers posing as law enforcement officials demanding payment and threatening arrest via text messages.

    Kentuckians in Greenup, Jefferson and Montgomery counties have recently reported losing more than $110,000 after they thought they were sending payment to an official law enforcement agency.

  • Sisters rally for Dreamers

    The clock is ticking for the Dreamers, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace are pleading for a way to allow the young immigrants to stay here.

  • Lebanon City Council briefs

    The following are some highlights from the recent Lebanon City Council meeting held on Feb.  12.

    Local economy
    Marion County Economic Development Director Tom Lund presented the Marion County Industrial Foundation’s annual report:
    • Marion County was the leading producer in net job growth and had the highest percentage of net job growth in the state.

  • Marion County Fiscal Court briefs

    The Marion County Fiscal Court held its regular monthly meeting on Feb. 15. The following are news briefs from that meeting:
    • Tom Lund, executive director of Marion County Economic Development, gave the 2017 annual report. Lund commended the county and city for their efforts that continues the state leading job growth Marion County has experienced. Lund cited the efforts to continue funding the Career Center, which is the only Career Center defunded by the state to continue functioning.

  • More free E911 signs available

    Additional E-911 signs are now available for new homeowners in the area and homeowners that didn’t get a sign the first time they were made available to the public. The signs are free.
    People must post their address number on their property per county law. Posting your address will ensure that emergency responders will be able to locate your driveway or entrance to your property.

  • New city hall is almost complete

    Next month’s Lebanon City Council meeting should (knock on wood) be held in the new Lebanon City Hall.
    The project, which began in September of 2016, was expected to be complete in late November or December of last year. While that time has come and gone, the project is still expected to be complete by the contract deadline, which is Feb. 4, according to Lebanon City Administrator John Thomas.