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  • James Comer denies accusation of abuse, says campaign will continue

    Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner James Comer denied accusations Tuesday that he physically assaulted a college girlfriend, accusing the newspaper that printed them of "Rolling Stone-style" journalism and pledging that his campaign for governor will go on.

    The allegations, reported Monday night in The Courier-Journal, were made by Marilyn Thomas of New York City, who said in a letter to the Louisville newspaper that Comer was physically and mentally abusive to her when they dated while students at Western Kentucky University in the early 1990s.

  • Dog license info corrected

    Information about dog license fees was incorrect in Discover LaRue, published last week.
    The LaRue County Judge/executive’s office provided the following:
    Dogs that are electronically chipped with proof of the state required rabies vaccination tags are not required to have a license. However, the animal must be registered with LaRue County.
    If the owner wishes to have a tag, the cost is $1. Electronically chipped dogs without proof of their state-required rabies vaccinations must be registered and pay a $4 registration fee.

  • Primary: Attorney General, newcomer battle for governor nomination

    Since January 2008, Jack Conway has been serving as the Kentucky Attorney General, where he said he has been working to make Kentucky a safer place to live and work. He hopes to continue serving the state of Kentucky as its next governor. Conway’s opponent in the Democratic primary is Geoffrey “Geoff” Young of Lexington. Young said he has 36 years of experience working in the political arena, dealing with issues related to energy policy, economic development and protecting the environment. The two will face off in the May 19 primary.

  • Primary: Four Republicans campaign for governor

    This is the final installment in the series centering on this month’s primary elections, with Election Day falling on May 19. This article focuses on the Republican gubernatorial race, featuring Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott.

  • Heiner apologizes to Comer for communication with controversial blogger

    A Lexington blogger, who has repeatedly alleged but offered no proof that Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer once assaulted a woman, acknowledged this week that he communicated with people associated with Hal Heiner's gubernatorial campaign about his efforts to discredit Comer.

    The blogger, Michael Adams, told the Herald-Leader exclusively on Monday that he has exchanged emails and met in person with Scott Crosbie, a former Lexington mayoral candidate and the husband of KC Crosbie, who is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Heiner.

  • PHOTO: Roadwork

    Crews began repaving Ky. 61 beginning Monday at the LaRue/Green County line.

  • Democratic primary: Two candidates face off for Secretary of State

    Alison Lundergan Grimes became well known during her 2011 campaign for Kentucky Secretary of State because of the TV ads starring her adorable grandmothers, who urged voters to support their granddaughter. But this campaign is different, as both have since died.
    Thelma Lundergan McHugh, Grimes paternal grandmother, died in June 2012 while Elsie Case, her maternal grandmother, died just last week, on April 23.  

  • Audit: Sheriff's office lacks segregation of duties

    Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen has made available a sheriff’s tax settlement audit for April 16, 2013 to April 15, 2014.
    Merle Edlin was appointed sheriff in February 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Bobby Shoffner. The audit reports for the tenure of each were kept separate.
    The audit covers 2013 taxes collected in the amount of $5,550.709. The sheriff retained commission of $229,251 to operate the sheriff’s office. The sheriff distributed taxes of $5,292,725 within the district.

  • Record number of rezonings approved by fiscal court

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville April 27, appointed two people to serve on the LaRue County Public Library’s Board of Trustees.
    Charlotte Tucker of Buffalo and James Curle of Hodgenville each were appointed to four-year terms that begin July 1.
    In other business, the magistrates concurred with Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval of seven rezoning requests, a record number of requests considered at a single meeting according to Judge-executive Tommy Turner.

  • Bethlehem, Ky. post office to close

    The most famous U.S. Post Office in Henry County will close, but at least one person is holding out for a miracle.

    Many holiday revelers from near and far have sought out the special Christmas postmark from Bethlehem, Ky., since it started in the 1940s. That’s only one of the ways the community post office is special, said Charles Spencer Wood, who serves as postmaster relief there.