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Government

  • Rand Paul seeks re-election

    Sen. Rand Paul last week announced that he would seek re-election to the United States Senate in 2016.

    “I ran for office because, like many Kentuckians, I was alarmed at the problems facing our country: a stagnant and uneven economy, a growing national debt, out-of-control federal spending, a disastrous health care plan, the assault on our civil rights and liberties, and a misguided foreign policy,” said Sen. Paul.

    Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell is endorsing Sen. Paul’s re-election campaign.

  • State releases sheriff’s audit for 2013

    Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen made a second sheriff’s tax settlement audit available in as many weeks.

    The audit covers a short period, March 1, 2013 through April 15, 2013.

    Merle Edlin was appointed sheriff in February 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Bobby Shoffner, who retired that month due to health issues.

    The audit covers 2012 taxes collected. It is in a separate document from the audit report of Shoffner that was the basis of a story in last week’s The LaRue County Herald News.

  • City council will have new look

    City council members Glenda Wathen, Alex LaRue and Jim Phelps were honored Monday at their last council meeting.

    LaRue is finishing up a two-year term, while Wathen and Phelps have served in some capacity a total of 41 years. Wathen was either mayor or on the council for 19 years while Phelps served 22 years as a councilman.

    New council members Mitchell Key, Don Costello, Larry Davis and Sharon Hornback were sworn in, along with those elected to another term: Bonni Clark and Woodie Handley.

  • Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Permits

       Information supplied by Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning. The PZ commission meets monthly at the LaRue County Courthouse.

    For more information, call Planning and Zoning Administrator Bud Ireland at 270-358-0830.

     

    August 2014

    Kenneth Akers, tract 1 East Old Sonora Road, Hodgenville, residence

    Wood Realty, Lot 4 Wood Lane, Hodgenville, residence

    Stephen J. Durbin, 1165 Salem Lake Road, Hodgenville, deck

    Krystal Williams, 9665 New Jackson Hwy., Hodgenville, garage

  • Kentucky Senate Republicans choose new leadership team

    Kentucky Senate Republicans last week 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.

  • County considering false alarm ordinance

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved the appointment of three people to the county extension board as magistrates met Nov. 25 at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Robert Enlow and Lynn Grubbs will serve from January 2015 through December 2017. Kelly Flanders’ term will run from January 2015 through December 2016.

    The court also concurred with Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval of five acres at 4901 Upton Talley Road belonging to Sheila Kent being rezoned from A1 to R1A.

  • 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.