• Fiscal Court: County to sign agreement with Hardin County Animal Shelter

    LaRue County Judge-executive Tommy Turner told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville April 9 that the following day he was scheduled to sign an agreement with Hardin County to house LaRue’s stray animals.
    According to the contract, Hardin County will receive up to 20 animals per calendar month with LaRue County paying an annual fee of $21,000 for the services. LaRue County also agrees to pay $15 for each animal transported in excess of the 20-animal allowance. The contract stipulates Hardin County will accept only felines and canines.

  • Planning and Zoning continues work on sign ordinance

    Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning has returned to the drawing board after its proposed sign ordinance was stonewalled by LaRue Fiscal Court and Hodgenville City Council.
    The commission spent about an hour at a recent meeting looking over Hardin County’s sign ordinance, noting things they liked or disliked about the plan. No recommendation or vote was taken but commissioners hope to come up with a version that will meet approval from the City and County.

  • City Council: Open Meetings Act

    Sparks flew at Monday’s Hodgenville City Council meeting after City Clerk MaDonna Hornback pointed out a possible violation of the Open Meetings Act.
    At last month’s meeting, Councilman Alex LaRue proposed the adoption of a municipal order requiring detailed financial reports be provided quarterly by the clerk. LaRue gave copies of the order to Hornback, Mayor Terry Cruse and City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke. The other council members appeared already to have copies of the document.

  • Circuit Clerk's office celebrates Donate Life Month

     “This April, and every day, I am proud of the impact this office has on the lives of others, especially those in need of life-saving organ transplants. I am humbled at the generosity of our community,” said LaRue County Circuit Clerk, Larry Bell. “Even through tough economic times, our community is committed to helping others.”

  • City police getting in-car computers

     Hodgenville City Police were one of 78 agencies to receive an in-car computer from the state Attorney General’s Office.

  • City's water and sewer project halted while easement sought

     The City’s sewer line and water main improvement project came to a standstill last week after it was discovered an easement had not been obtained for one piece of property.

  • Millions spent by lobbyists this year

    About $4.2 million was spent on lobbying during the first two months of the 2013 General Assembly session. This is about 10 percent more than the $3.8 million spent during the same period two years ago, in the previous odd-year, ‘short’ session.

  • Newly formed Kentucky Health Cooperative gets OK to offer plans

     The new Kentucky Health Cooperative's health-insurance plans have received approval from the state Department of Insurance and will be available on Kentucky's insurance exchange market when it opens in October.

    Simply, a cooperative is a health insurance company, but with a twist.

    A health cooperative performs all the functions of an insurance company, but is a non-profit, member-run organization that is focused on the markets of a single state.

  • General Assembly passes several bills

     The Kentucky General Assembly’s 2013 regular session came to a close March 26 as lawmakers adjourned at the conclusion of the 30th and final session day allowed by the state constitution.

    Among the highlights on the final day of legislative activity was the passage of a long-sought bipartisan agreement to ease the state’s public pension debt, along with a funding measure to assist in that effort.

  • Taylor County Animal Shelter talks continue

     A compromise could be in the works to keep the county’s animal shelter an adoption facility after all.

    Taylor County magistrates agreed March 25 night to have one of its committees meet with some representatives from the Taylor County SPCA to discuss keeping the animal shelter operating as an adoption facility.

    Magistrates voted in February to no longer adopt animals at the shelter, effective April 17. The shelter is to become a holding facility that day, and shelter staff members will transport animals to Adair County for care at $44 per animal.