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Government

  • 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.

  • COLUMN: American Byway signs line 31-E

    By now you may have noticed the American Byways signs placed along route Highway U.S. 31-E through our community. These signs designate the Lincoln Heritage National Scenic Highway, a 72-mile stretch of U.S. 31-E and U.S. 150.  
    The nationally recognized roadway travels through six communities as it winds its way through the knobs of Kentucky. The corridor passes through Hodgenville, New Haven, Bardstown, Springfield, Perryville and Danville.

  • City's sewer lines smokin' clean

    Workers with Insituform Technologies, LLC, have hit the streets in Hodgenville, as part of the city’s stormwater/sewer rehabilitation project.
    Some streets have been blocked or limited to one lane while workers steam and clean lines. After the lines are cleared, a blue sealer is inserted to prevent stormwater from entering cracks in the pipes.

  • Fallen officers honored at two services

    As heavy clouds loomed overhead, hundreds gathered at the 14th annual Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony to honor the sacrifice of eight Kentucky law enforcement officers who gave their lives in service to the Commonwealth.  
    “The Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial monument now contains 509 names,” Gov. Steve Beshear said. “Behind those 509 names are 509 stories of heroic action, 509 examples of duty and courage that inspire all who wear the badge.  

  • Fiscal Court: Commissioners reappointed to water district

    Magistrates reappointed John Detre and Pat Eastridge to the LaRue County Water District Number One board while meeting at the LaRue County Courthouse May 14.
    Terms of Detre, chairman, and Eastridge, commissioner, will expire in May 2017.
    The court concurred with Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning’s approval to rezone one acre of land at 1493 Weldon Loop belonging to Brenda Johnson from A1 to R1A and an acre at 155 Knob Schoolhouse Road, Garry Hayes owner, from A1 to R1B.

  • Affordable Care Act creates concerns for small businesses

    Hidden taxes, additional costs and a lot of uncertainty face small employers as they begin dealing with the fallout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
    PPACA, commonly called Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act, was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2010. It’s a complex statute that many are struggling to understand.
    Recently, Bob Sims, community and economic development director, hosted a program that attempted to explain PPACA.  

  • Planning and Zoning Meetings - May 8, 2013

     Applications for rezonings must be submitted by deadline (in parenthesis) before the meeting of Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning:

     

    Meeting 

    June 13 (May 23)

    July 11 (June 20)

    Application deadline applies to rezoning applications, subdivision plat approvals and other information or material that requires approval of the Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning Commission Board, which must be on the agenda.