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Government

  • Homestead exemption increased by $2,000

     The maximum homestead exemption on real estate owned by qualified persons has been set at $36,000 for the 2013 and 2014 tax periods. The 2013-14 exemption reflects a $2,000 increase over the 2011-12 exemption of $34,000.

    The amount of the homestead exemption is adjusted every two years in accordance with KRS 132.810 to compensate for changes in the purchasing power of the dollar. The exemption provided state and local property tax savings of about $171 million for more than 416,000 elderly or disabled Kentuckians during the 2012 tax year.

  • FISCAL COURT: Teens race down Cissal Hill

     At the same time that LaRue County Fiscal Court received a thank you card from some residents of Cissal Hill for the recent paving done there, second district magistrate Ricky Whitlock received a complaint that some teens and young adults had stopped traffic on the steep, winding hill to race Hot Wheels down it.

  • FISCAL COURT: Hot wheels and hot engines

     At the same time that LaRue County Fiscal Court received a thank you card from some residents of Cissal Hill for the recent paving done there, second district magistrate Ricky Whitlock received a complaint that some teens and young adults had stopped traffic on the steep, winding hill to race Hot Wheels down it.

    “They were evidently going down it in those toy Hot Wheel cycles,” Whitlock told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Nov. 27. “I called dispatch about it and didn’t hear any more about them.”

  • Smith chosen as Republican whip

    Sen. Brandon Smith, R-Hazard, has been chosen by his fellow Republicans to be the majority whip in the Kentucky Senate.

    He replaces Sen. Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, who represents District 5 which includes LaRue, Breckinridge, Grayson, Hancock, Hart and Meade Counties. Gibson opted out of the position.

    Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, who had also been a candidate for the leadership position, was the other candidate for whip.

  • Comments sought about Cox Creek watershed

     The Energy and Environment Cabinet is seeking public comment until Dec. 21 on a draft report addressing bacteria impairments in nine stream segments within the Cox Creek watershed located in the Salt River Basin in Nelson, Bullitt and Spencer counties.

  • Fiscal Court approves change to viewshed

     The zoning ordinance approved by LaRue County Fiscal Court at its meeting Nov. 14 will allow existing advertising signs on Lincoln Parkway to remain, but will prohibit new signs to be erected along the viewshed areas on Lincoln Parkway and U.S. 31-E.

    “The main concern is on Lincoln Parkway,” said Bud Ireland, county administrator for Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning. “What we don’t want is a bunch of billboards in a 20-acre field near the road.”

  • Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning: Building Permits for October 2012

     Information compiled from Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning records

    Bryan Eastridge, Greensburg Road, conditional use

    Shirley Jones, 4250 Wayne Ennis Road, New Haven, land division

    Linda Andrews, 150 Tanner Road, Hodgenville, ramp

    Terry Peace , 763 Aetna Furnace Road, Magnolia, land division

    Jerry Rock, Slack Road, Hodgenville, land division

    Danny Knight, 707 Jenkins Road, Sonora, land division

    Jeremy Price, 301 Woebegona Way, Hodgenville, storage

  • McConnell continues as Republican leader

     U.S. Senator Mitch McConnell was unanimously re-elected by his colleagues on Wednesday to serve as Republican Leader for the 113th Congress. Senator McConnell is only the second Kentuckian to lead his party in the U.S. Senate. The other Senator from Kentucky to serve as his party’s leader was Alben Barkley.

  • CITY COUNCIL: Ordinance limits signs in viewshed

     Hodgenville City Council held first reading Monday of an ordinance that controls the kinds of signs that can be placed in the viewshed area.

  • PHOTOS: HONORING VETERANS

     Members of the LaRue County FFA took the lead for the presentation of colors at Sunday’s Veterans Day Parade and Ceremony.  Austin Stillwell is shown. Danette Skaggs, at podium, sang several patriotic songs. To her right is Col. Louis Wingate, the keynote speaker of the ceremony.