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Government

  • FISCAL COURT: County and city split bucket truck

     LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 28, voted to pay $7,000 for its half ownership, in partnership with the City of Hogenville, of a bucket truck.

    “I think it’s something we’ll be able to use quite a bit,” Tommy Turner, judge-executive, told magistrates. “The city will likely use it to hang banners and replace street lights and we’ll use it for tree trimming and other things.”

  • Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange established by executive order

     Governor Steve Beshear last week issued an executive order establishing the Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange, a requirement of the federal Affordable Care Act (ACA). 

    The Kentucky Health Benefit Exchange is an online marketplace that will provide one-stop shopping for individuals to enroll in qualified health coverage plans.  Those plans may be offered through the exchange or coverage through other federal or state health care programs, including Medicaid and the Kentucky Children’s Health Insurance Program (KCHIP). 

  • Lawmakers look at efforts to study state's special districts

    State lawmakers heard about the State Auditor of Public Accounts’ efforts to examine special districts that levy taxes or fees in hopes of boosting the accountability of those entities during Thursday’s meeting of the Interim Joint Committee on Local Government.

  • Cemetery Commission agrees to compensate City Clerk

    The City of Hodgenville will use money from the road fund to repave a section of the Red Hill Cemetery roadway.
    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse said July 9 at the biannual meeting of the Red Hill Cemetery Commission, about $13,000 would be used for paving the first loop – and worst part – of the cemetery road.
    Another section of “broken down” roadway in the back of the cemetery “will be looked at later this summer,” Cruse said.
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  • Adoption fees increase at animal shelter

    It might look like it costs a lot more than it used to.

    But those who adopt animals at the Taylor County Animal Shelter now get a lot more for their money when adopting a new pet. The adoption rate at the shelter is now $100 for dogs and cats. The cost includes a voucher for a spay or neuter operation, a microchip with 30 days of insurance, rabies and parvo shots and dewormer. The previous rate was $26, which included only a microchip.

  • Building and rezoning permits – June 2012

    June 1 – Ray Purvis, Ball Hollow Road, Buffalo – residence

    June 4 – Keith Corum, E. Leafdale Road, Hodgenville – residence

    June 4 – Brian Cornett, Salem Lake Road, Hodgenville – deck

    June 7 – Stewart Marcum, S. Greensburg Street, Hodgenville – deck

    June 7 – Jason Wolford, Eugenia Avenue, Hodgenville – deck

    June 8 – John Roberts, Salem Church Road, Hodgenville – garage

    June 8 – Asa Whitlock, Whitlock Spur Road, Hodgenville – residence

  • 'I support veterans' license plate now available

     Kentuckians can show their support for veterans with newly available vehicle license plates.

    The new plates – available even to those who are not veterans themselves – show support for veterans and also raise funds for veterans programs.

  • FISCAL COURT: County and city prepare for surplus auction

     LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 10, declared several items as surplus in preparation for public auction.

    “LaRue County Schools are having their surplus auction July 21 at the bus garage and they invited us to join them with our surplus items,” said Tommy Turner, judge-executive. 

    Among those items are several vehicles, engines, and two central air conditioners.

    The magistrates heard second reading of a Planning and Zoning ordinance amendment that clarified the ordinance’s language.

  • City Council approves tourism commission ordinance

     Hodgenville’s restaurant tax took a step closer to becoming law Monday night after City Council held second reading of an ordinance to establish a seven-member tourism and convention commission.

    City Clerk MaDonna Hornback read a summary of the ordinance. It will be published before next month’s meeting in The LaRue County Herald News.

    The tourist and convention commission had to be in force before a 2 percent restaurant tax could be enacted, according to City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke.

  • Sheriff's office audited for year ending Dec. 31, 2011

     The Auditor of Public Accounts has completed the LaRue County Sheriff Bobby Shoffner's audit for the year ended Dec. 31, 2011.

    The audit found excess fees increased by $9,969 from the prior year, resulting in excess fees of $13,714 at year’s end. Revenues increased by $15,949 from the prior year and expenditures increased by $5,980.

    The audit found the Sheriff’s operating expenses exceeded the amount fixed by LaRue Fiscal Court.