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Government

  • PHOTO: Republican officers

    LaRue County Republican Party officers are from left, Courtney Gilbert, youth chair; Gil Myers, secretary; Betsy Perkins, chair; Bruce Slack, treasurer; and Adrienne Gilbert, vice chair.

  • Sonora adopts smoking ban

    Sometime over the next few months, all businesses in the southern Hardin County town of Sonora will be smoke-free.

    That decision came out of a Sonora City Commission meeting in August and links the town to Elizabethtown, Radcliff and the unincorporated areas of the county as being smoke-free.

    Sonora Mayor Larry Copelin said the county ordinance, which went into affect April 1, 2007, has been adopted by Sonora. He said a decision on when Sonora will go smoke-free “hasn’t been determined yet.’’

  • New Haven mayor dies

    New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson died Thursday after an illness following surgery.

    City Clerk Linda Mattingly said he passed away around noon at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    He was in his fourth year as mayor after having served two terms on the New Haven Board of Commissioners.

    He had also been the city’s police chief for 17 years.

    “He did a great job as mayor,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be sadly missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

  • Rep. Guthrie fields questions at town hall

     The future of Fort Knox, problems with the Veteran’s Administration and frustration at the misuse of welfare programs were among the topics discussed at the Aug. 21 town hall meeting with U.S. Representative Brett Guthrie.

    The congressman recently wrote a letter to the Pentagon in opposition to potential reductions – as many as 4,100 jobs – at Fort Knox.

    Guthrie said the army post is as important to the local community as it is to the nation’s defense.

  • County Attorney Morris looking forward to retirement

    Dale Morris was born in LaRue County. He’s lived all his life here. He’s been a public servant to these citizens. And now he’s retiring to put more of his energy into this community.
    Morris has served two stints as LaRue County Attorney, first from 1978 to 1985 and more recently since 2003. In between, he worked for the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet. When he retired from the KTC in 2001, he planned to take time off to enjoy himself. In the end, though, he couldn’t stay away.

  • McConnell, Grimes spar over policy

    After he’s spent 30 years in Washington, U.S. Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes no longer believes Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is the best candidate for Kentucky’s farmers.

      “Never has a senator been paid so much for doing so little for the people in Kentucky,” Grimes said at Kentucky Farm Bureau’s “Measure the Candidates” forum, held at its headquarters in Louisville on Wednesday. 

  • New Haven honors veterans, preserves history

     The City of New Haven is furthering its recognition of veterans by reaching out to the community in an effort to collect and preserve pictures, articles and records in relation to military personnel from the New Haven area.

    Tessie Cecil, director of the Historical Preservation and Information Center in New Haven, and volunteers have been working to collect the material to be preserved and displayed in the old Dr. Bushra Khan office building.

  • FISCAL COURT: County employees receive 2 percent raise

    LaRue County magistrates approved a 2014-15 tax rate of 19.65 cents per $100 of assessed property value as they met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 12.

    Tommy Turner, judge-executive, explained that the increase is below the permissible 4 percent increase, but slightly above the compensating rate that yields an amount of revenue approximately equal to that produced in the preceding year from real property.

    Fiscal Court also approved an across-the-board 2 percent increase in county salaries not set by state statute.

  • COLUMN: A strong Fort Knox equals a stronger Army

    The recent developments worldwide are a reminder why our nation needs a strong national defense. Fort Knox is key to our military’s future. Unfortunately, this Administration has taken actions that reduce our military advantage when we should be doing all that we can to keep our advantage strong.

  • Three file for mayor

     The deadline for candidates to file for nonpartisan races was 4 p.m. Aug. 12.

    Three people have filed for mayor of Hodgenville: James Phelps Jr.; Kenny DeVore and Greg Harry.

    Two people have filed for school board: Farrah L. Pruitt in District 3 – Lincoln Farm and Buffalo; and Joanna Hinton in District 5 – Hodgenville, Otter, Atilla and Mount Sherman).