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Government

  • Primary: Four Republicans campaign for governor

    This is the final installment in the series centering on this month’s primary elections, with Election Day falling on May 19. This article focuses on the Republican gubernatorial race, featuring Matt Bevin, James Comer, Hal Heiner and Will T. Scott.

  • Heiner apologizes to Comer for communication with controversial blogger

    A Lexington blogger, who has repeatedly alleged but offered no proof that Commissioner of Agriculture James Comer once assaulted a woman, acknowledged this week that he communicated with people associated with Hal Heiner's gubernatorial campaign about his efforts to discredit Comer.

    The blogger, Michael Adams, told the Herald-Leader exclusively on Monday that he has exchanged emails and met in person with Scott Crosbie, a former Lexington mayoral candidate and the husband of KC Crosbie, who is running for lieutenant governor on a ticket with Heiner.

  • PHOTO: Roadwork

    Crews began repaving Ky. 61 beginning Monday at the LaRue/Green County line.

  • Democratic primary: Two candidates face off for Secretary of State

    Alison Lundergan Grimes became well known during her 2011 campaign for Kentucky Secretary of State because of the TV ads starring her adorable grandmothers, who urged voters to support their granddaughter. But this campaign is different, as both have since died.
    Thelma Lundergan McHugh, Grimes paternal grandmother, died in June 2012 while Elsie Case, her maternal grandmother, died just last week, on April 23.  

  • Audit: Sheriff's office lacks segregation of duties

    Auditor of Public Accounts Adam H. Edelen has made available a sheriff’s tax settlement audit for April 16, 2013 to April 15, 2014.
    Merle Edlin was appointed sheriff in February 2013 to fill the unexpired term of Bobby Shoffner. The audit reports for the tenure of each were kept separate.
    The audit covers 2013 taxes collected in the amount of $5,550.709. The sheriff retained commission of $229,251 to operate the sheriff’s office. The sheriff distributed taxes of $5,292,725 within the district.

  • Record number of rezonings approved by fiscal court

    LaRue County Fiscal Court magistrates, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville April 27, appointed two people to serve on the LaRue County Public Library’s Board of Trustees.
    Charlotte Tucker of Buffalo and James Curle of Hodgenville each were appointed to four-year terms that begin July 1.
    In other business, the magistrates concurred with Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval of seven rezoning requests, a record number of requests considered at a single meeting according to Judge-executive Tommy Turner.

  • 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.