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Government

  • National Park closes as government services shut down

     Congress didn’t pass a spending bill by midnight Tuesday. Any government functions considered “nonessential” are shut down, including Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park.

    Tuesday morning, Park employees put up barricades and a sign about the Park’s closure. A couple from England, planning to tour the birthplace, was one of the first to be turned away.

    It’s a scenario playing out across the country: The Statue of Liberty, Independence Hall, Yellowstone National Park – all 401 National Park sites are closed.

  • ‘Anywhere Care’ allows medical consultation over the phone

    KentuckyOne Anywhere Care will launch on Nov. 1, allowing Kentuckians to receive urgent care without leaving home – by consulting with a medical professional over the phone or by web camera, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. KentuckyOne, the largest health system in Kentucky, is among the first hospital systems in the U.S. to make such a service available to the public.

  • Signups begin Oct. 1 for Kentucky Health Exchange

    State officials estimate that more than 640,000 Kentuckians do not have health insurance, and a majority of them are working families.

    In LaRue County, 2,334 individuals under 65 do not have health insurance, according to the Governor’s Office.

    Starting Oct. 1, many uninsured Kentuckians will be able to sign up for insurance through the Kentucky Health Exchange.

    While the individual health exchange will open Oct. 1, the insurance policies will not take effect until Jan. 1, 2014.

  • News of Record - September 25, 2013

    Marriages
    The following marriage licenses have been issued in LaRue County.

    Ashley Dawn Whobrey, 24, of Clarkson, and Matthew William Vertrees, 25, of Upton

    JoAnn Sue Bowlin, 41, and Jesse Lee Shartzer, 49, both of Hodgenville

    Crystal Jo Chitwood, 26, and John Richard Jones, 32, both of Magnolia

    Anita Gail Burba, 50, and Joseph Kent Oliphant, 51 both of Sonora

    Sandra Jean Terry, 41, and Jonathan David Graham, 41, both of Hodgenville

  • Republican candidates in town for Lincoln Dinner, ‘meet and greet’ Saturday

    The LaRue County Republican Party is hosting its annual Lincoln Dinner on Sept. 28 at the Hodgenville Woman’s Club.

    Matt Bevin, candidate for U.S. Senate, has been invited to speak, as has State Representative Michael Meredith and U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie.

    Bevin is challenging five-term incumbent Mitch McConnell in the 2014 primary. The New Hampshire native is a U.S. Army veteran and is president of Bevin Brothers Manufacturing Company.

    Meredith is in his last months as representative for LaRue County.

  • Election Calendar - September 25, 2013

    Nov. 6, 2013 – Earliest date for candidates to file for an office on the ballot in 2014

    Dec. 31, 2013 – Last day to change political party affiliation and be eligible to vote in that party’s primary election

    Jan. 28, 2014 – Candidate filing deadline

    Jan. 30 – Public drawing for ballot position
     

  • Judge/executive Association to battle pipeline

     The Kentucky Judge/executive’s Association plans to tackle the Bluegrass Pipeline in upcoming months.

    LaRue County Judge/executive Tommy Turner, the legislative chairman of the Association, said the group’s focus points are limiting power of eminent domain and more oversight of natural gas liquid pipelines.

  • New officer
  • City debates importance of Chamber of Commerce

    Hodgenville City Council held its second work session Sept. 3. It ended with council member Glenda Wathen asking, “Is this going to be an argument session every time?”

    “We need to compromise or at least be willing to work together.”

    The council didn’t argue about everything – but they did butt heads over new iPads and emails, joining the Chamber of Commerce and notification of overdue property taxes.

  • Senator McConnell: Obamacare is a ‘trainwreck’

    U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell seemed relaxed Thursday as he met with about 30 residents in the Lincoln Museum Community Room. The group – composed of local officials, businessmen and women and retirees – gave the senior senator a warm welcome.

    The usually glum Republican leader broke into laughter during introductions when Charles Durham, long-time drummer for Joel Ray Sprowls’ Lincoln Jamboree, referred to himself as “Joel Ray’s illegitimate son.”