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Government

  • 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.

  • Republican Primary: Westerfield, Hogan campaign in attorney general race

     State Sen. Whitney Westerfield from Hopkinsville and Lawrence County Attorney Mike Hogan – the two Republican candidates for attorney general – will face off in the May 19 primary.

    The attorney general, elected to a four-year term, serves several roles, including as the state’s chief prosecutor, law enforcement officer and the chief law officer. He supervises prosecutors in Kentucky and writes opinions to advise government agencies and officials of the law.

  • Fiscal court withdraws from telecommunications commission

    LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville April 14, approved a resolution withdrawing the county from the Lincoln Trail Telecommunications Commission.

    Tommy Turner, judge-executive, explained that the commission, composed of LaRue, Hardin County, Elizabethtown, Vine Grove, and Radcliff was formed some 17 years ago to fulfill laws in existence at that time concerning coordination of cable television and other telecommunication services.

  • Council divided on mayor's hiring request

    Hodgenville City Council balked Monday night at the mayor’s proposal to hire a finance and accounting clerk.
    Mayor Kenny DeVore said the current staff – a full-time city clerk, a full-time deputy clerk and a part-time licensing clerk – cannot handle the workload at City Hall. He asked for the creation of a 30-to-40-hour position that pays up to $15 an hour.

  • City pool won't open

    Tens of thousands of dollars have been spent in recent years in an attempt to keep open the city-owned swimming pool.
    Monday night, Mayor Kenny DeVore announced to city council his decision to plug the financial leak: the pool will not open this summer.
    “It’s still leaking water and we’ve spent no telling how much (on it),” he said. The city spent $9,000 on chemicals last season and Park and Recreation lost $5,000 over the summer trying to keep it open.

  • New signs approved for Red Hill

     Red Hill Cemetery Commission met in special session Monday night prior to the regular city council meeting. 

    The commission, which consists of members of Hodgenville City Council, voted to install new signage at the cemetery. The weather resistant aluminum signs will cost about $8,200 – and city workers will install them, saving about $2,000.

    Commissioner Mitchell Key was the only “no” vote, saying the cemetery didn’t need to “go further in debt.”

  • Booster seat law takes effect this summer

    Starting this summer, parents will be required to keep children secured in booster seats a little longer under a new state law that aims to improve safety in motor vehicles.

    The law, enacted in this year's legislative session, includes two key changes related to age and height that parents should heed, otherwise they could face a $25 fine.

    Right now, children who are younger than age 7 and are between 40 and 50 inches tall must remain in a booster seat. The new rules raise the age to 8 and the height requirement to 57 inches.

  • Five Democrats running for treasurer in primary

    Kentucky Democrats will have plenty of options when they go to the polls May 19 to select their nominees.

    Treasurer Todd Hollenbach is in the final year of his second term in office, so he is ineligible for re-election.

    Neville Blakemore of Louisville, Jim Glenn of Owensboro, Daniel B. Grossberg of Louisville, Richard Henderson of Mt. Sterling and Rick Nelson of Middlesboro are seeking to succeed Hollenbach.

  • Deadline to register to vote is April 20

    The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 19 Primary Election is Monday, April 20.

    County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 20.

    To be eligible to vote, you must:

    •  Be a U.S. citizen,

    •  Be a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before Election day,

    •  Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election,

  • Primary: Three GOP candidates vie for state treasurer

    Eight candidates — five Democrats and three Republicans — are running for state treasurer in the May 19 primary. This article introduces the three Republicans – Allison Ball, Kenny Imes and Jon Larson.
     Democratic primary candidates are Neville Blakemore, Jim Glenn, Daniel Grossberg, Richard Henderson and Rick Nelson.
    The Kentucky Treasurer election will take place on Nov. 3, 2015.

    In March, 13 state office seekers attended the LaRue County Republican Party’s chili supper.