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Government

  • City hall under fire

    Hodgenville City Hall business came to a halt Friday morning when Kentucky State Police troopers served a search warrant on the premises.
    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse notified The LaRue County Herald News about 10 a.m. that City Hall would be closed while the investigation took place.
    Phones went unanswered and a trooper turned away residents from the door, informing them City Hall would reopen later that day.

  • LaRue County Clerk's audit OK'd by state

    The LaRue County Clerk’s annual audit for year ending Dec. 31, 2012, showed “no instances of noncompliance,” according to the Auditor of Public Accounts office.

    Excess fees increased by $17,841 from the prior year, resulting in excess fees of $148,015 at the end of the fiscal year. Expenditures increased by $210,253.

    For the year, the clerk’s office collected $490,457 in licenses and transfers; $620,286 for usage tax; and $1,138,004 in tangible personal property tax. The office collected $329,032 in delinquent tax.

  • Fiscal Court: Bids awarded, fund transfers made

    LaRue County Fiscal Court awarded several road-related bids at its June 25 meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville.

    Bid winners included: Paving: Scotty’s Paving, E’town; Rock: Hanson Aggregates, Upton; Steel Tile‚ Carter Lumber, Elizabethtown; Asphalt Emulsion‚ Asphalt Materials, E’town; Fuel and Oil Products: Bault Oil, Hodgenville.

    Most of the categories had sole bidders. Three companies bid on signs with GNC Supply, Atwood, Tenn., winning the bid.

  • Regional Wellness Center to open July 11

    The LaRue County Board of Health meeting scheduled to meet June 25, at the LaRue County Extension Office failed to result in any voted action being taken on previously scheduled plans, due to the absence of several board members.

    Linda Sims, district director of the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, discussed the plans for the wellness center expected to open in Bardstown on July 11.

  • State cracking down on illegal billboards

     Several signs on Lincoln Parkway are under scrutiny by state officials – and owners may be required to remove those that do not follow the guidelines of federal law.

  • Fiscal Court holds first reading of budget ordinance

     LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville June 11, heard first reading of the 2013-14 budget ordinance that Judge-executive Tommy Turner termed “debt-free.”

  • County's unemployment rate continues decline

    Unemployment rates decreased in 49 Kentucky counties between April 2012 and April 2013, while 63 county rates rose and eight stayed the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    LaRue County’s rate was 7.3 percent, down from 8.2 percent the previous month and down from 7.5 percent a year ago. Of a 6,934-person labor force, 6,431 people were employed.

  • City Council hears audit, passes budget

    Hodgenville City Council heard a belated auditor’s report Monday for year ending June 30, 2012.

    Susan C. Mouser, a certified public accountant with Clauson, Mouser & Co., apologized for the delay, saying her company had encountered staffing problems during the time when 30-or-so government audits had been due.

    “My goal next year is to have (financials) out by Jan. 31,” she said.

  • New Haven resident wants to name park for Ellis

     A New Haven resident, Josh Geron, is asking the Fiscal Court to change the name of Dean Watts Park to Jason Ellis Park, in honor of the Bardstown Police Officer and youth coach who was murdered May 25.

  • Fiscal Court: Courthouse getting new phones

    LaRue County courthouse offices will receive a phone system upgrade projected to save the county $800 per month, Tommy Turner, county judge-executive, told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 28.

    Turner said the upgrade which he hopes to have completed within the next month through Comcast, will include recabling the courthouse, will result in faster Internet service, and will be upgraded every four years with all maintenance and repair costs included.