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Government

  • State Property Tax Rate Unchanged for 2014

     The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2014 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value. Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year.

  • Special judge recuses himself from state rep dispute

    by STEPHEN LEGA

    Landmark News Service

    A hearing was scheduled June 13 in the lawsuit filed over the results of the May 20 Republican primary race for the 24th District state representatives, but the court is no closer to a decision.

    The 24th District includes Green, LaRue and Marion counties.

  • Reader survey will influence planning and zoning decisions

    LaRue Countians have an opportunity to influence community planning by completing a short survey.
    The Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning is offering a nine question survey on their website www.laruecounty.org/pzsurvey and in the June 18 issue of The LaRue County Herald News (See page 5A.) Paper ballots are available at three offices in the LaRue County Courthouse (planning and zoning, county clerk and PVA) and Hodgenville City Hall.

  • Board of Adjustment provides tape of meeting

    The Land of Lincoln Board of Adjustments has provided a tape recording of a closed meeting to The LaRue County Herald News.
    The newspaper filed a formal complaint with the BOA after a June 2 meeting. The board went into closed session to discuss conditions to place on a request for a sawmill on Sonora Road.
    Governing bodies can enter into closed session for only a few reasons – mainly discussion of specific personnel, land transaction or pending litigation – according to the state’s Open Meeting Law.

  • County receives recycling grant

    Last week, LaRue County Fiscal Court received $58,824 in recycling grant money from the Kentucky Pride Fund, and local Solid Waste Coordinator Jill Gray could not contain her excitement.
    She plans to use the money to buy a skid steer (loader) and two more recycling trailers. The skid steer is what Gray calls a “multi-tasking unit” and allows for different attachments, like a claw, forks or a bucket.

  • Fiscal Court: Budget a work in progress

     LaRue County Fiscal Court met briefly May 29 at the courthouse to approve the tentative budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    “The budget is somewhat similar to what our (current) budget is, not exactly though, there have been a few changes in it,” said LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner.

    The tentative budget allocates $3,204,850 to the general fund; $1,710,847 to the road fund; and $2,063,925 to the jail fund.

  • State rep candidate files suit in three counties

    A candidate who lost a bid to be the Republican 24th District state representative candidate filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the primary election results.

    Richard Treitz of Greensburg filed his complaint May 30 in Green Circuit Court. 

    Treitz is listed as the petitioner in the case, and he is representing himself.

  • 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.”