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Government

  • County receives recycling grant

    Last week, LaRue County Fiscal Court received $58,824 in recycling grant money from the Kentucky Pride Fund, and local Solid Waste Coordinator Jill Gray could not contain her excitement.
    She plans to use the money to buy a skid steer (loader) and two more recycling trailers. The skid steer is what Gray calls a “multi-tasking unit” and allows for different attachments, like a claw, forks or a bucket.

  • Fiscal Court: Budget a work in progress

     LaRue County Fiscal Court met briefly May 29 at the courthouse to approve the tentative budget for the 2014-15 fiscal year.

    “The budget is somewhat similar to what our (current) budget is, not exactly though, there have been a few changes in it,” said LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner.

    The tentative budget allocates $3,204,850 to the general fund; $1,710,847 to the road fund; and $2,063,925 to the jail fund.

  • State rep candidate files suit in three counties

    A candidate who lost a bid to be the Republican 24th District state representative candidate filed a lawsuit Friday challenging the primary election results.

    Richard Treitz of Greensburg filed his complaint May 30 in Green Circuit Court. 

    Treitz is listed as the petitioner in the case, and he is representing himself.

  • Dyer, Miller out at Hardin County EMS

    Ira Dyer is out as director of Hardin County Emergency Medical Ser­vices after serving more than six years in county government.

    Dyer submitted a verbal resignation to Judge-Executive Harry Berry on Thursday and a written resignation Friday, Berry said Tuesday afternoon following Hardin Fiscal Court’s voting meeting at H.B. Fife Courthouse.

    Berry revealed Dyer’s resignation at the end of Tuesday’s meeting after Magistrate Doug Goodman asked for an update on the status of the position.

  • Mayor on office: 'Worse than 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.

  • Primary winners: McCoy, Turner, Williamson, Lee

    Several races were decided in Tuesday’s Primary Election. Fewer than half (43.1 percent) of the county’s registered voters turned out at the 12 precincts.

    In one of the closest races, Kyle Williamson edged Thomas “Tom” Claycomb for county attorney (1,806 to 1,438). There is no Republican candidate, so Williamson will take office in January.

    Williamson said he and Claycomb “have been friends a long time and will continue to be.”

  • 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.