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Government

  • City halts free water to fairgrounds

    Hodgenville City Council and former mayor Terry L. Cruse continue to butt heads – but in a different venue.

    The council ousted Cruse in May after receiving evidence in a public hearing of alleged nepotism, unauthorized raises and use of the city’s fuel card, and violation of the city’s ethics ordinance. MaDonna Hornback lost her job as city clerk also in May.

    The conflict resurfaced during the LaRue County Fair in June during a dispute over water service.

  • House plan restores highway money

    The U.S. House of Rep­resentatives voted across party lines, 367 to 55, Tuesday to restore cash to the Highway Trust Fund, which is teetering on insolvency.

    The trust fund provides money to states for bridge, road and other transportation projects and is expected to run short on money starting next month without a stopgap from Congress.

  • City rejoins chamber

    Monday night, Hodgenville City Council reversed a decision it made last fall. Council members voted to rejoin the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.

    Last September, the council was divided on the benefits offered by the Chamber – and former mayor Terry Cruse said the membership cost wasn’t budgeted.

    Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore said Monday he had received a letter from the organization inviting the City to join at a “reduced” level: $2,500 annually (the same amount that was requested last fall).

  • Burton hired as city clerk

    Toni Burton has been hired as Hodgenville City Clerk.

    City Council approved the recommendation of Interim Mayor Kenny DeVore Monday and Burton began her duties Tuesday.

    Three of the council members screened applications, narrowed the field to seven applicants, and forwarded their top-two selections to DeVore.

    Her employment is provisional on the outcome of a drug and credit screen and a background check. She will be on probation for one year.

    “She won’t be sworn in until those come back,” said DeVore.

  • Hearing set for Hardin EMS complaint

    A hearing has been scheduled to consider a complaint filed by Elizabethtown resident Richard Leal against Hardin County Emergency Medical Services.

    The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services’ preliminary inquiry board will review the complaint during a 10 a.m. meeting Aug. 12 at its Lexington office, according to Deputy Executive Director Charles O’Neal.

  • Fiscal court closes budget

    Monday, June 30, the LaRue County Fiscal Court held a brief special meeting to discuss closing the 2013-14 budget, the acceptance of an oil bid, and a revised copy of the health insurance renewals. The meeting was called to meet the deadline to close accounts at the end of the fiscal year

  • City holds second reading of budget ordinance

    Hodgenville City Council met in a special session Monday to hold second reading of the 2014-15 budget ordinance.

    The budget is almost identical to last year’s.

    The budget anticipates $336,800 in occupational taxes; $296,000 in city taxes; and $285,000 in insurance premium tax. Another $532,000 is budgeted for sewer revenue; $790,000 for water revenue.

    Expenditures include $587,000 for police; $490,000 for city/capital outlay; $55,250 for fire department debt; $25,000 for park and recreation; and $78,200 for Red Hill Cemetery.

     

  • Fiscal Court: CodeRed will provide notifications in case of emergency

    LaRue County Fiscal Court has approved a three-year agreement with Emergency Communications Network for CodeRed, a system that will allow notifications, such as severe weather or chemical spills affecting roadways, to instantly be relayed through email, text messages, and home or cell phones.

    Magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville June 24 heard Judge-executive Tommy Turner say that more than 80 Kentucky Counties have the coverage.

  • 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.