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Government

  • Fiscal Court: Milby appointed to library board, new road sign ordered

    LaRue County Fiscal Court approved the appointment of Robin Milby to the LaRue County Library Board of Trustees as magistrates met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Feb. 10.

    “Kyle Williamson, who held the position, resigned on Jan. 5 in order to be our county attorney, leaving the vacancy,” said Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive.   

    In other business, magistrates approved the sale of a 1998 ambulance, declared surplus property, to Hart County Fiscal Court for $2,000. 

  • City council to adopt new ethics ordinance, training incentive

    Hodgenville City Council took steps Monday to rectify some long overlooked matters.

    State law requires the City to have an ethics ordinance in place to define standards expected in elected and appointed officials. The City first appointed an ethics committee in 1994 – but former Hodgenville mayor Terry Cruse did not make appointments to the committee during his tenure (2007-14). It no longer exists.

  • KSP raffling motorcycle

    The Kentucky State Police has partnered with Man O’ War Harley-Davidson and the Calipari Foundation in an effort to raise money for two great causes.

  • City Hall closed Monday for personnel hearing; water line project bid

    Hodgenville City Hall was closed Monday due to a personnel hearing.

    The hearing was closed to the public, at the request of the employee.

    In other business:

    City Hall opened bids Jan. 29 for the water line extension project that will link a water main on Lincoln Boulevard to Ky. 210.

    Cleary Construction of Tompkinsville was the lowest of five bidders. The bids must go through a “review process” by engineers and be approved by City Council before one can be awarded, according to Mayor Kenny DeVore.

  • Obamacare changes 'here to stay'

     FRANKFORT — Your doctor’s visits might get longer, you deductibles probably will be higher and you might be paying cash to be treated at a Wal-Mart near you as Kentucky adapts to a vastly changing health care landscape.

    Nearly everything you know about how health care is paid for and provided will change during the next few years as patients and providers sort out the nuts and bolts of the Affordable Care Act.

  • 'He was Kentucky to us'

    By Keith Lawrence
    The Messenger-Inquirer/Kentucky Press News Service

    They came from the seats of power in Frankfort and Washington and from homes across Kentucky to pay their final respects Tuesday to Wendell Hampton Ford, former governor and U.S. senator, who had touched their lives in different ways.

    They filled the 800-seat sanctuary of historic First Baptist Church, a sanctuary built in 1924, the year Ford was born.

  • Pending litigation: School Board meets in closed session

    The LaRue County School Board met in closed session last week to discuss “proposed or pending litigation against or on behalf of the public agency.”

    The board, meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 20, due to the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, spent about 40 minutes discussing the issue with board attorney James Whitlow. Superintendent Sam Sanders and Assistant Superintendent Amanda Reed also met with the board during that time.

  • Fiscal Court approves requirements for constables

    LaRue County Fiscal Court met Monday afternoon and voted on requirements for constables who want to drive with blue lights on their car. According to the resolution, constables will have to submit a request for the lights, along with the make, model and license number of their car. The vehicle they use must be clearly marked with permanent decals stating it is utilized in law enforcement. They must also submit proof that their insurance covers liability for at least six months.

  • Senator's funeral is Tuesday

    Sen. Wendell Ford died Thursday at his home in Owensboro after fighting lung cancer. He was 90.

    Gov. Beshear also directed that flags at all state office buildings be lowered to half-staff from sunrise Friday, Jan. 23 through sundown Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015.

    The public is invited to visit the Capitol on Sunday, where Sen. Ford will lie in state from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. A memorial service is scheduled for 3 p.m.  Gov. Beshear and Lt. Gov. Crit Luallen will participate in the service.

  • Kentucky bids farewell to the man who 'never lost a race'

     Retired U.S. Sen. Wendell Hampton Ford, the self-styled "Boy from Yellow Creek" who became governor of Kentucky and assistant majority leader of the U.S. Senate in a 33-year political career, died early Thursday, Jan. 22, 2015.

    He was 90.

    Ford had announced on July 18, 2014, that he was battling lung cancer.

    Ford, who never lost a race, served in public office from 1965 to 1999 - first as a member of the Kentucky Senate, then as lieutenant governor, governor and U.S. senator.