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Government

  • Planning and Zoning: August 2011

    Information provided from Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning

    John Stinson, Mount Sherman Road, storage
    Zolon Helm, L&N Turnpike, Buffalo, residence
    Jeff Nash, Bird Road, Magnolia, residence
    Union Christian Church, Union Church Road, plat
    Clifton Allen, Lyons Station Road, New Haven, plat
    Timmy Creason, Mount Tabor Road, Buffalo, plat
    James Q. Shaw Jr., Tanner Road, Hodgenville, addition
    Kenneth Sandfer, New Jackson Highway, use permit
    John Bange, Orrender School Road, Magnolia, residence

  • Guthrie: Burdensome regulations stifle economy

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Bowling Green, visited LaRue County Thursday, taking time to speak with local government officials and members of the Hodgenville Rotary Club. He returned Saturday for the Lincoln Days Parade.
    Guthrie, who represents the second district and has a small business, manufacturing background, voiced his thoughts about the national economy, tax reform and job building.
    The House Representatives have been working to “slow down” the administration issuing burdensome regulations that are anti-business, Guthrie said.

  • Farmer vs. a farmer in race for ag commissioner

    One candidate to be Kentucky's Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert “Bob” Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

  • More than 100,000 'In God We Trust' license plates purchased

    Kentuckians have purchased more than 100,000 standard license plates bearing the national motto, “In God We Trust,” since the plate was introduced in January as a no-added-cost option for passenger vehicles.

    The sales represent 16.5 percent of total standard-issue license plate sales, according to the Department of Vehicle Regulation in the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet.

  • FISCAL COURT: New bridge to be built over Goodin-Williams

    Fiscal Court awarded Hornback Construction of Hodgenville the winning bids to construct a new bridge on Goodin-Willliams Road and culvert on Viers Road.

    Magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Sept. 27 accepted Hornback's bid of $88,960 for the bridge and $22,500 for the culvert. 

    Owner Fred Hornback told the court he could start work within 30 days and estimated two weeks to complete the bridge, one week for the culvert.

  • City stocks grass carp in Salem Lake

    During hot weather, Hodgenville City Hall fields numerous complaints about a bad taste or smell from residents’ tap water.
    The culprit is algae blooms which give off a gas that is repugnant to taste buds, said Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse. When chlorine is added to the water supply to purify it, the algae emits a musty smell.
    Since chemicals do not seem to be improving the problem, the Mayor sought a “green” solution to reduce the algae.

  • Proposed ordinance may crack down on false alarms

    Local government is set to crack down on businesses whose security systems repeatedly send false alarms to emergency responders.
    Both Hodgenville City Council and LaRue County Fiscal Court discussed the issue in meetings last week. They’re considering penalties of up to $500 when police are called to investigate false alarms.

  • Legislative calendar set for January

    The 2012 Regular Session of the Kentucky General Assembly is scheduled to begin on Jan. 3 and will last 60 days, the maximum number allowed by the state constitution.

    The session will conclude on April 9, according to the schedule that has been approved by Senate President David L. Williams and House Speaker Greg Stumbo. The schedule is pending ratification of the full 16-member Legislative Research Commission, which Williams and Stumbo co-chair.

  • FISCAL COURT: Planning and Zoning update approved

    In the Sept. 13 meeting of LaRue Fiscal Court, LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner gave second reading to a reapportionment ordinance that calls for no change in magisterial districts until the next Census, and to a planning and zoning ordinance that updates the current regulation. The lot size for an in-family conveyance will raise from 25,000-square-feet to 30,000-square-feet. The change affects only new lot creations.

  • City property tax rates increase by about 75 cents

    Hodgenville residents will see an increase of about 75 cents on their property tax bills this year.
    Mayor Terry Cruse recommended a 4 percent increase after a 15-minute hearing prior to the regular city council meeting. The council voted unanimously to approve. No members of the public attended the meetings.
    Property values have decreased and if a tax increase was not voted in, the city would lose money, Cruse said. The city took the compensating rate last year which brought in about $166 extra for the year.