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Government

  • Recycling Center holds open house, demonstrates glass pulverizer

    Renaissance Recycling, LaRue County’s recycling center located on Water Street, will have an open house 10 a.m. Aug. 23 to demonstrate its new glass pulverizer.
    Solid Waste Coordinator Jill Gray said the unit was delivered in November and is similar to the one she borrowed from the state a couple of years ago.

  • Water main break leads to advisory

    City workers hit a gusher when they began searching for a water leak Wednesday morning.
    They were aware of what they thought was a “small leak” from a line on Lincoln Boulevard for some time, according to Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse, but were unable to find its source despite assistance from state agencies.

  • City Council hears reports on restroom, cemetery

    Mayor Terry Cruse presented several updates to City Council members at Monday’s meeting.
    Cruse said the restroom at Creekfront Park is almost completed. Workers are waiting for sinks and commodes to be delivered. The units have been placed twice on backorder, he said.
    His goal is to have the restroom operational by Lincoln Days.
    Truck being replaced
    Cruse said the sewage tanker truck was totaled in a crash July 27. Driver John Thurman was injured when the truck overturned.

  • Terry Ovesen retires as city fire chief

    Hodgenville Fire Chief Terry Ovesen announced his retirement Monday to city council members.
    He’s also stepping down as a volunteer firefighter after more than 30 years of service. His last day is Aug. 31.
    “Thirty years is long enough,” he said, as he passed copies of his resignation letter to each council member.
    He said he and Mayor Terry Cruse had talked about his decision prior to the meeting.

  • Voting districts remain the same

    LaRue County’s magisterial district boundaries will remain as they are at least until the next Census in 2020.
    LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville July 26, approved the county re-apportionment commission’s recommendation to keep them the same.

  • Trooper Norman Chaffins named media relations officer

    Trooper Norman Chaffins is the new media relations officer at Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown. Chaffins is a native of Leitchfield in Grayson County and brings 17 years of experience to the position.

    He is looking forward to the change of pace but the work with KSP programs will be a continuation of programs he has been involved with for nearly two decades.

    “I was doing programs in Grayson county and working the road. This job gives me the opportunity to do more programs,” Chaffins said.

  • KSP offering cadet classes

    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:

  • 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.