• Records missing, interim mayor '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.

  • FISCAL COURT: Interest Shown in Clayton building, pay increased for poll officials

    If current talks prove fruitful, the vacant Clayton Mobile Homes property at LaRue County Industrial Park may have a new owner.

    Director of Economic Development Bob Sims told LaRue Fiscal Court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville May 13 that talks concerning the purchase of the 27-acre site have been ongoing for several weeks.

  • Several races will be decided in May 20 Primary

     The ballots have been set for the May 20 Primary.

    Two incumbents are retiring, opening their offices to new faces.

    County Attorney Dale Morris did not file for re-election. Hodgenville attorneys Thomas “Tom” Claycomb and Kyle Williamson, both Democrats, have filed for the office.

    Longtime Property Valuation Administrator James Q. Shaw, a Democrat, filed his candidacy paperwork early – but withdrew from the race on Jan. 28.

    The position is being contested by Democrats Chad Puyear and Scotty Lee.

  • Council holds first reading of sewer ordinance

     Hodgenville City Council held first reading Monday of a sewer use ordinance.

    The 47-page policy was prepared by the Kentucky Rural Water Association at the direction of the Division of Water, according to Mayor Terry Cruse. Each city is required to have regulations dealing with the sewer system.

    City Clerk MaDonna Hornback read a condensed version of the ordinance that had been prepared by City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke.

  • McConnell race reveals 'not-so-secret' cockfighting

     The 2014 U.S. Senate race has been remarkable in several ways and none more so than the fact that cockfighting has been an issue more than any of the major issues facing the country.

    You read that right. Cockfighting.

    A brutal sport that many in the urban areas had assumed was left on the dung heap of our society is something that rural folks know goes on, particularly in Eastern Kentucky where you often see game birds tied to barrels as you drive through the hollers.

  • FRANKFORT FOCUS: Rep. Terry Mills - May 2014

    FRANKFORT – When it comes to getting from points A to B, few states can match Kentucky.  That’s not too surprising, given that we’re home to the country’s population center east of the Rockies, but the numbers behind our transportation systems are impressive nonetheless.

  • Selling safety through magic

     FRANKFORT – Long before the days of email, smart phones and social media, one Kentucky State Police pioneer was blazing a trail using innovation and outside-the-box thinking to spread safety messages throughout Kentucky.

    As a member of the Fayette County Patrol in the 1930s, Lee Allen Estes watched children fidget and yawn during safety lectures presented by police officers. Feeling that a lesson must be “heard” to be “learned,” he had an idea. He would “make the words stick by illustrating them with a trick.”

  • State's 20-year road plan up for review

     Kentucky’s transportation plans and goals for the next 20 years are ready for public review.

    The DRAFT 2014 Long-Range Statewide Transportation Plan, developed with the aid of more than 16,000 public survey responses, is an overarching policy guide with goals, objectives and strategies to address the core transportation opportunities and challenges facing Kentucky. When final, it will serve as a resource for multiple organizations, policymakers and communities that will have a stake in leading Kentucky’s transportation system into the future.

  • Mayor's attempt to appoint ethics board foiled

     Despite a 1994 ordinance requiring the establishment of a board of ethics, no evidence has been found that indicates the City of Hodgenville has ever appointed one.

    An ethics ordinance is required by state law. It defines standards expected by elected and appointed officials. 

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse failed to convince Hodgenville City Council to approve an ethics board one day before the council began its efforts to oust him from office.

  • Restraining order denied by judge

     Ron Mather, attorney for Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse, filed an injunction in an attempt to prohibit the May 1 public hearing from taking place.

    LaRue Circuit Judge Charles Simms III denied the motion for a restraining order.

    According to documents filed in the civil suit, the public hearing was “chosen at the behest of certain (city council) members” and “the mayor was not asked if he could be ready by that time ....”