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Government

  • Dyer, Miller out at Hardin County EMS

    Ira Dyer is out as director of Hardin County Emergency Medical Ser­vices after serving more than six years in county government.

    Dyer submitted a verbal resignation to Judge-Executive Harry Berry on Thursday and a written resignation Friday, Berry said Tuesday afternoon following Hardin Fiscal Court’s voting meeting at H.B. Fife Courthouse.

    Berry revealed Dyer’s resignation at the end of Tuesday’s meeting after Magistrate Doug Goodman asked for an update on the status of the position.

  • Mayor on office: 'Worse than starting from scratch'

     Thursday night, City Councilman Kenny DeVore was sworn in as interim mayor.

    The action came after several hours of testimony and a unanimous decision by Hodgenville City Council to remove second-term mayor, Terry Cruse.

    Michelle Sparks, an attorney hired by the city council, presented evidence gleaned from a Kentucky State Police investigation and open record requests to the council. Ron Mather represented Cruse.

  • Primary winners: McCoy, Turner, Williamson, Lee

    Several races were decided in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Fewer than half (43.1 percent) of the county’s registered voters turned out at the 12 precincts.

    In one of the closest races, Kyle Williamson edged Thomas “Tom” Claycomb for county attorney (1,806 to 1,438). There is no Republican candidate, so Williamson will take office in January.

    Williamson said he and Claycomb “have been friends a long time and will continue to be.”

  • Records missing, interim mayor 'starting from scratch'

    Thursday night, City Councilman Kenny Devore was sworn in as interim mayor.

    The action came after several hours of testimony and a unanimous decision by Hodgenville City Council to remove second-term mayor, Terry Cruse.

    Michelle Sparks, an attorney hired by the city coun­­cil, presented evidence gleaned from a Kentucky State Police investigation and open record requests to the council. Ron Mather represented Cruse.

  • FISCAL COURT: Interest Shown in Clayton building, pay increased for poll officials

    If current talks prove fruitful, the vacant Clayton Mobile Homes property at LaRue County Industrial Park may have a new owner.

    Director of Economic Development Bob Sims told LaRue Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 13 that talks concerning the purchase of the 27-acre site have been ongoing for several weeks.

  • Several races will be decided in May 20 Primary

     The ballots have been set for the May 20 Primary.

    Two incumbents are retiring, opening their offices to new faces.

    County Attorney Dale Morris did not file for re-election. Hodgenville attorneys Thomas “Tom” Claycomb and Kyle Williamson, both Democrats, have filed for the office.

    Longtime Property Valuation Administrator James Q. Shaw, a Democrat, filed his candidacy paperwork early – but withdrew from the race on Jan. 28.

    The position is being contested by Democrats Chad Puyear and Scotty Lee.

  • Council holds first reading of sewer ordinance

     Hodgenville City Council held first reading Monday of a sewer use ordinance.

    The 47-page policy was prepared by the Kentucky Rural Water Association at the direction of the Division of Water, according to Mayor Terry Cruse. Each city is required to have regulations dealing with the sewer system.

    City Clerk MaDonna Hornback read a condensed version of the ordinance that had been prepared by City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke.

  • McConnell race reveals 'not-so-secret' cockfighting

     The 2014 U.S. Senate race has been remarkable in several ways and none more so than the fact that cockfighting has been an issue more than any of the major issues facing the country.

    You read that right. Cockfighting.

    A brutal sport that many in the urban areas had assumed was left on the dung heap of our society is something that rural folks know goes on, particularly in Eastern Kentucky where you often see game birds tied to barrels as you drive through the hollers.

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS: Rep. Terry Mills - May 2014

    FRANKFORT – When it comes to getting from points A to B, few states can match Kentucky.  That’s not too surprising, given that we’re home to the country’s population center east of the Rockies, but the numbers behind our transportation systems are impressive nonetheless.

  • Selling safety through magic

     FRANKFORT – Long before the days of email, smart phones and social media, one Kentucky State Police pioneer was blazing a trail using innovation and outside-the-box thinking to spread safety messages throughout Kentucky.

    As a member of the Fayette County Patrol in the 1930s, Lee Allen Estes watched children fidget and yawn during safety lectures presented by police officers. Feeling that a lesson must be “heard” to be “learned,” he had an idea. He would “make the words stick by illustrating them with a trick.”