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Government

  • Taylor County Animal Shelter in line for new building

    The Taylor County Animal Shelter will get a new building this year, just not where it was originally planned.

    The shelter received a $150,000 Department of Agriculture grant last year for a new building on land near the current shelter. The land was donated to the county by the city of Campbellsville. However, it was announced at last week's Taylor Fiscal Court meeting that the building would not be constructed on that land.

  • PHOTO: Buchanan visits Fancy Farm

    W.R. Buchanan and his son Steve attended Democratic party fundraisers in Marshall and Graves Counties and the Fancy Farm Picnic Aug. 5-6. Above, W.R. Buchanan was greeted by Gov. Steve Beshear and the first lady.

  • Fiscal court sets tax rate, approves 2 percent raise

    LaRue County Fiscal Court voted the compensatory rate for taxes for the 2011-12 year which means the county will be taking in the same amount of revenue from taxes as it did the prior year.
    “Everybody’s going through some hard economic times now and I believe we can get by on the same amount as last year, so I recommend the compensatory rate,” Tommy Turner, LaRue County judge-executive, told magistrates meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Aug. 9.
    The court approved a raise of up to 2 percent for full-time employees for the next year.  

  • 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: