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Government

  • Meredith, Gibson testify about I-65 expansion

    Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) joined Sen. Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield (5th District) and Hart County Judge-Executive Terry Martin in Frankfort Thursday to testify on the need to expand Interstate 65 to six lanes in an area stretching from south of Elizabethtown to the Louie B. Nunn Parkway interchange near Glasgow.
    The three testified before the Budget Subcommittee on Transportation.

  • LaRue's unemployment is second lowest in state

    Unemployment rates fell in 96 Kentucky counties between June 2010 and June 2011, including LaRue County, while 19 county rates increased and five counties remained the same, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.  
    LaRue County’s June 2011 rate was 7.5 percent, down from 9.1 percent a year ago and down from 8.3 percent from May 2011. Of a workforce of 7.384 people, 6,832 were employed.

  • Jail update: Federal prisoner program struggling

    LaRue County Detention Center is one of several detention facilities across the state that are bracing for the financial strains of House Bill 463.
    HB 463, a bill aimed at reducing prison sentences for low-risk, non-violent drug offenders, went into effect last month.
    The reductions in prison populations are estimated to save the state $40 million annually, but in return will strain the small budgets of local governments. County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner estimated in March that the potential reduction in funding would equal a $750,000 deficit to the jail.

  • Hardin-LaRue metro area in Forbes listing

    The Elizabethtown Metropolitan Statistical Area has notched another honor, this time from a major business publication.

    Forbes magazine ranked the Elizabethtown MSA — consisting of Hardin and LaRue counties — No. 34 overall among the best small places for business and careers out of 184 MSAs across the United States.

    The area was sandwiched between two Pacific Northwest MSAs in Wenatchee, Wash., at 33 and Medford, Ore., at  35. Manhattan, Kan., near Fort Riley, took the top spot on the list and Vineland, N.J., rounded out the list at 184.

  • Raywick fire chief resigns

    "Where there's smoke there's fire."

    That old adage could ring true regarding the recent resignation of Raywick Fire Chief Chuck Helm. He resigned last week, but the reason for his resignation isn't exactly clear.

    According to Helm, his out-of-town job commitments cause him to be away from the community too much, which is why he decided to resign.

    However, Kevin Corbett, who was appointed to be the acting chief for the time being, said a "disagreement" between Helm and the fire department led to Helm's resignation.

  • KSP offers reminders about Urban Limited plates

    With an alarming number of complaints being received, the Kentucky State Police would like to remind the public about the proper use of Urban Limited plates.
    Urban Limited plates are for use exclusively on vehicles transporting property within the limits of a city or just outside the limits.

  • State property tax set at 12.2 cents

    The Kentucky Department of Revenue has set the 2011 State Real Property Tax Rate at 12.2 cents per $100 of assessed value.
    Kentucky Revised Statute 132.020 requires the Department of Revenue to set the real property rate no later than July 1 of each year.
    This rate is based on the revenue generated from the increase in taxable real property assessments from 2010 to 2011.

  • Kentucky State Police accepting applications for cadet class

    The Kentucky State Police is accepting applications for its next cadet class. Interested applicants should visit www.kentuckystate police.org and click on the Career Opportunities, Recruitment Home and How To Become A Kentucky State Trooper links.

    Information at the site includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required, a downloadable study guide for the written test and a list of the following testing dates, times and locations:

  • Applications accepted for housing assistance

    The waiting list for the Housing Choice Voucher Program or Section 8 Rental Assistance will accept applications through July 31 in 87 counties, including LaRue County.
    The waiting list for Section 8 will be open, each year, for the months of July and January. In previous years, the list would open and close based on number of responses. Applicants who wish to receive rental assistance from Kentucky Housing Corporation must choose one of the 87 counties.

  • Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning

    June 2011
    Information compiled from Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning records:
    • George Callison – E.Forest Ave., garage frame     
    • Nancy Banks, 1965 Oak Hill Road, Sonora, residence frame   
    • Rosanne McDaniel, 1967 Oak Hill Road, Sonora, residence frame   
    • Sue Sageser, 1418 Leafdale Road, garage post   
    • Victor Kahill Sr., 3302 Lincoln Farm Road, storage, pole