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Government

  • Senate Republicans choose leaders

     Kentucky Senate Republicans Tuesday chose two new faces to lead them for the next two years.

    In a meeting behind closed doors in the Capitol Annex, they elected David Givens, who runs a farm supply business in Greensburg, for the chamber’s No. 2 position of president pro tem, and Jimmy Higdon, a Lebanon grocer, to be majority whip.

    Retaining their leadership positions were Senate President Robert Stivers of Manchester, Majority Floor Leader Damon Thayer of Georgetown and Majority Caucus Chairman Dan Seum of Louisville.

  • Williamson sworn in as assistant county attorney

    Five years ago, Kyle Williamson traveled to the capitol building in Frankfort where he was sworn in as a new lawyer.

    Last week, he was sworn in as assistant county attorney by LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed.

    Williamson, the county attorney-elect, will be working with retiring County Attorney Dale Morris through the end of the year as he transitions into his new role. He will take office in January.

  • County faces salt shortage

    The LaRue County Road Department is facing a salt shortage heading into the winter months.

    LaRue County Fiscal Court, at its Nov. 11 meeting, discussed the upcoming winter season, which is predicted by meteorologists to be even worse than last year’s unusually snowy scene.

     LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner said the county has about 300 tons of salt ready to apply to icy roadways. Normally, though, they use about 600 tons.

  • ELECTION: McConnell, Guthrie win state - and LaRue

     The Republican Party continues to dominate Kentucky's representation in Congress, retaining seven of the state's eight seats in the 2014 general election.

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell (R) held on to his seat with a win over Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) in the 2014 general election. The next election for Kentucky's other U.S. Senator Rand Paul (R), who assumed office in 2011, is in 2016.

    In LaRue County, McConnell took 62.56 percent of the votes cast.

  • ELECTION: DeVore wins mayor

    Kenny DeVore, who was appointed mayor by Hodgenville City Council in May, will continue in that role for the next four years.

    Voters selected DeVore with 336 votes in Tuesday’s General Election over longtime councilman James Phelps Jr. (244 votes) and newcomer Greg Harry (234 votes).

    DeVore, who celebrated with his family after the results were announced, said he appreciated the cordial way his opponents conducted their campaigns.

  • Knob Creek Groundbreaking: Comments by LaRue County Judge/executive Tommy Turner

    Tommy Turner Knob Creek Comments, Oct. 25, 2014, groundbreaking at Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek.

    Welcome to each of you on this wonderful day.

    The journey from possibility to reality can often be long, arduous, and taxing on our patience. While it was a labor of love for all of us involved, the prior statement can describe the journey from a simple dream to expand the Lincoln Heritage, to today’s event.

  • Election is Tuesday

    Hodgenville voters will select a mayor next Tuesday, Nov. 4.

    Kenny DeVore, interim mayor and former councilman, James Phelps Jr., a longtime councilman, and newcomer Greg Harry are vying for the position.

    Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

    A list of polling locations is included at the end of this story. Notably, the Upton precinct has been moved to Uptown Graphics, 73 Riggs St., Upton.

    The ballot also will include:

    CITY COUNCIL (Six seats open)

    Bonni Clark

    Woodie Handley

    Larry Davis

  • Groundbreaking held at Knob Creek

    The weather has seldom cooperated for local ceremonies honoring native son Abraham Lincoln. Saturday’s warm temperatures and colorful fall foliage was a welcome change for the people who attended a groundbreaking ceremony at The Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek.

    Several dignitaries converged under a large white tent on the grounds to celebrate upcoming renovations at the historic site.

  • No signs allowed on state right-of-way

    Yard sales, political signs and other advertising signage are often set up in dangerous locations with disregard for sight distance, parking conditions and right-of-way infringement.

    Regarding yard sales –

  • FISCAL COURT: Magistrates debate payment of $5,000 for Mesonet

    A $5,000 payment to Western Kentucky University for support of the operation of the Kentucky Mesonet created a topic of discussion among members of LaRue County Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Sept. 9.
    As the magistrates were examining current county bills, Ricky Whitlock, second district, noted the payment for the weather reporting station located at the LaRue County Environmental and Research Center off Leafdale Road.