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Government

  • Guthrie hosts 'listening session' Thursday

     Congressman Brett Guthrie will host “Listening Sessions” in each of the 21 counties in the Second District during January.  

  • Meredith files pair of farm bills

     Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) announced Thursday he is filing two bills that if passed in the 2012 Legislative Session would provide tax exemptions to Kentucky's equine and agricultural animal industries.

    House Bill 285 would extend sales tax exemptions to any horse farms and equine operations in the Commonwealth on feed, building supplies and other items.  Joining Rep. Meredith as primary co-sponsors on the bill are Rep. Sara Beth Gregory, R-Monticello, and Rep. Ryan Quarles, R-Georgetown.

  • Two LaRue inmates decline early release

     Nearly 1,000 convicts walked out of prison earlier this month as part of changes made to the state’s criminal justice system.

  • Kentucky legislature works on redistricting

    This Week in Frankfort

    Nearly two weeks in, the 2012 General Assembly seemed slow coming together. Its first and most immediate challenge – state-level redistricting – was reported bogged down in predictable political concerns. Deeply ominous but deeply vague early warnings from the Beshear administration about the budget situation left lawmakers pensive, waiting for specifics in the governor’s Budget Address. Anything but speculation on the much-trumpeted casino-gambling proposal was hard to come by.

  • Local businessman plans to run for Congress

     A LaRue County businessman is planning a run for Congress.

    Craig Astor, a Realtor, aircraft mechanic and co-owner of Wrolen Pin Café, will run on the Libertarian ticket.

    Astor resigned as chairman of LaRue County’s Republican Party last month after making the decision to run in the primary election.

    “I was very disappointed in the two-party system,” said Astor. “I think they’ve failed the American people.”

    He’d like to be part of the solution.

  • PHOTO: Sen. Carroll Gibson

     FRANKFORT - Senate Majority Whip Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, studies legislative articles prior to the start of the day's session in the Kentucky Senate. LaRue County is part of Gibson’s district.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Michael Lee Meredith on redistricting, budget, firefighter bill

     We gathered in Frankfort this past week for the beginning of the 60-day session of the General Assembly, and we have much work to do.

    There are several big issues that loom over our heads as we try to complete the work of the people of the Commonwealth. 

  • City to open sewer project bids

     Hodgenville City Council will open bids at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 for the Hamilton Heights sewer project.

  • Red Hill Cemetery Commission to purchase mapping software

     The Red Hill Cemetery Commission, which is composed of the entire Hodgenville City Council, voted Monday to purchase a software program that will map the city-owned cemetery.

  • Fiscal court approves sheriff's and county clerk's budgets

     LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Jan. 10, approved the sheriff’s and county clerk’s 2012 budgets.

    County Judge-executive Tommy Turner said both budgets are very similar to the previous year.

    “One key item in the sheriff’s budget is that we want to be sure to maintain enough money to offset hazardous duty retirement costs,” Turner told magistrates. “The sheriff’s department is the only one that receives hazardous duty retirement.”