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Government

  • State rep race lawsuit has been settled

    Democratic State Representative Terry Mills finally knows who his opponent will be in November.

    On July 18, a mediation agreement was reached to end a lawsuit filed by Richard Treitz, who lost the Republican primary. As a result, J. Alex LaRue will be confirmed as the Republican challenger against Mills.

    LaRue won the Republican primary on May 20 with 1,400 votes to Treitz’s 1,166 votes.

  • Zoning approved by fiscal court

    LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 22, concurred with no contrary motion to Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval of two pieces of property.

    The first, 3.2 acres at 2024 Dangerfield Road belonging to Andrea Ross, was rezoned to R1B from A1. Three acres owned by Linda Wilkins at 1538 Viers Road, was rezoned from A1 to R1A.

    The court approved a $600 donation to the Crosstown Homemakers for the Lincoln Days reception.

    Emergency Medical Services reported 200 ambulance runs for June.

  • Mayor details City's needs and wants

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore had a laundry list of needs and wants, ranging from a fire truck to fire extinguishers, to present last week to Hodgenville City Council.

    He received approval to check on a fire truck for the city. The 1992 E-One truck is equipped with a 110-foot ladder, seating for six in an air-conditioned cab, a 260-gallon water tank and 40-gallon foam tank. It has 3,840 hours on the engine and comes with $10,000 worth of parts.

    The price tag is $60,000.

  • Fiscal Court contributes $500 for memorial

    LaRue Fiscal Court voted unanimously July 8 to contribute $500 for the construction of a Kentucky National Guard Memorial in Frankfort, an amount each county in the state has been asked to donate, LaRue County Judge/executive Tommy Turner said.

    Magistrates also voted to contract for engineering services to repair sidewalks around the courthouse annex which Turner said are settling, and to revamp the parking lot.

    “We already have money in place set aside for this,” he said. Durrett Engineering of Hodgenville was approved for the work.

  • City halts free water to fairgrounds

    Hodgenville City Council and former mayor Terry L. Cruse continue to butt heads – but in a different venue.

    The council ousted Cruse in May after receiving evidence in a public hearing of alleged nepotism, unauthorized raises and use of the city’s fuel card, and violation of the city’s ethics ordinance. MaDonna Hornback lost her job as city clerk also in May.

    The conflict resurfaced during the LaRue County Fair in June during a dispute over water service.

  • House plan restores highway money

    The U.S. House of Rep­resentatives voted across party lines, 367 to 55, Tuesday to restore cash to the Highway Trust Fund, which is teetering on insolvency.

    The trust fund provides money to states for bridge, road and other transportation projects and is expected to run short on money starting next month without a stopgap from Congress.

  • City rejoins chamber

    Monday night, Hodgenville City Council reversed a decision it made last fall. Council members voted to rejoin the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.

    Last September, the council was divided on the benefits offered by the Chamber – and former mayor Terry Cruse said the membership cost wasn’t budgeted.

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore said Monday he had received a letter from the organization inviting the City to join at a “reduced” level: $2,500 annually (the same amount that was requested last fall).

  • Burton hired as city clerk

    Toni Burton has been hired as Hodgenville City Clerk.

    City Council approved the recommendation of Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore Monday and Burton began her duties Tuesday.

    Three of the council members screened applications, narrowed the field to seven applicants, and forwarded their top-two selections to DeVore.

    Her employment is provisional on the outcome of a drug and credit screen and a background check. She will be on probation for one year.

    “She won’t be sworn in until those come back,” said DeVore.

  • Hearing set for Hardin EMS complaint

    A hearing has been scheduled to consider a complaint filed by Elizabethtown resident Richard Leal against Hardin County Emergency Medical Services.

    The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services’ preliminary inquiry board will review the complaint during a 10 a.m. meeting Aug. 12 at its Lexington office, according to Deputy Executive Director Charles O’Neal.

  • Fiscal court closes budget

    Monday, June 30, the LaRue County Fiscal Court held a brief special meeting to discuss closing the 2013-14 budget, the acceptance of an oil bid, and a revised copy of the health insurance renewals. The meeting was called to meet the deadline to close accounts at the end of the fiscal year