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Government

  • 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.

  • Wally Sparks named fire chief

    Hodgenville City Fire Department has been appointed a new fire chief after the recent resignation of former chief, Terry Ovesen.
    Wally Sparks, a 13-year veteran to the department, took the helm Monday at the city council meeting.
    Sparks said he has three goals in mind for the department – to serve and protect the city of Hodgenville, to protect his firefighters and to bring the fun back in the fire department as a whole.
    “I’m not here to fix a flat tire,” said Sparks “I’m here to put on a new one and roll with it.”

  • Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning: July 2011

    The following zoning and building permits were sold in July, according to records of Land of Lincoln Planning and Zoning:

    David M. Harrison, Campbellsville Road, residence
    David M. Harrison, Campbellsville Road, land division
    Gary Brandenburg, Redbud Drive, variance
    Carroll Parrent, Bacher Farm, River Road, residence
    Jeff Petkovich, Leafdale Road, storage
    Deborah Bennett, Dangerfield Road, barn/residence
    Meredith & Meredith, E. Forest Avenue, residence
    Linda Gardner, Campbellsville Road, residence

  • 911 remembrance planned

    Sept. 11, 2001, is a date that few Americans could forget. Many people have vivid recollections of where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of terrorist attacks.
    The televised accounts of the hijacked planes crashing into the World Trade Center and Pentagon are etched in our minds. The deaths of 2,977 people forever changed the way we look at our world.
    A “Remembering 9/11” program is being planned locally to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the attacks.

  • Safer I-65 proposal rejected

    The Kentucky Public Transportation Infrastructure Authority (KPTIA) has denied a request by several counties to create a Safer 65 Project Authority. The Authority was proposed by Hart, Barren, LaRue and Hardin counties as a means of completing an additional lane, both north and south on a 38-mile stretch of I-65.
    The letter was sent to Hart County Judge/Executive Terry Martin. LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner said he had not received notice of the decision.

  • PHOTO: Guthrie visits LaRue Countians at State Fair

    U.S. Congressman Brett Guthrie (KY-02) met with Bonnie Willenbrink at the LaRue County Booth at the Kentucky State Fair on Aug. 26.

  • LaRue's school tax among lowest in area

    LaRue County property owners will see a reduction in school taxes next year.
    At the Aug. 15 board meeting, the board unanimously approved to accept the compensating rate, which means that the new tax rate is expected to bring in about the same amount of funding as the previous year.
    According to Superintendent Sam Sanders this is the fourth year in a row that LaRue County Schools have taken the compensating rate or less.

  • PHOTO: Lincoln Square gets new flagpole

    The flagpole on Lincoln Square, damaged when it was struck by a car earlier this year, was replaced Monday afternoon.

  • FISCAL COURT: Planning and Zoning request approved

    LaRue County Fiscal Court concurred with Planning and Zoning’s approval of six tracts of land during its regular meeting  at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 23.

  • PHOTO: Auditor candidate visits LaRue

    John T. Kemper III, Republican candidate for state auditor, visited LaRue County Aug. 24. Above, he speaks with patrons of the Wrolen Pin Café. Craig Astor is at left.