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Government

  • Torrential rains cause problems for road crews

    Torrential rains washed down three tandem truck loads of gravel onto Peake Road near Knob Creek, county road supervisor Clyde Veirs told members of fiscal court meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville April 13. “And we’re not done hauling gravel off the road yet,” said Veirs. “Mainly, we’ve been cleaning up the mess from floodwaters.” The rain played havoc throughout the county as road crews augered a tile on Polley, pushed out brush and re-cut a ditch on Cruse Road, cleared ditches on Peppers Road, dug out “pumped” areas on Wooton and Pickerill roads and sloped banks on Airline Road.

  • April 18 is last day to register to vote in May primary

    April 18 is the last day to register to vote in the May 17 Primary Election.
    Only state offices will be on the May 17 primary ballot as no local races are scheduled.
    Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear will not have an opponent for the Democratic Party nomination. His running mate is Jerry E. Abrahamson.

  • City seizes Main Street accounts, demands return of flower pots

    The Hodgenville Main Street saga continues.
    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse last month ordered the volunteer group to dissolve – but did not set a timeframe. The letter, in part, ordered Main Street to make “any and all restitutions, obligations or indebtedness as required by law. Furthermore, at the end of said dispositions, if there be any assets remaining, those assets shall be conveyed back to the City of Hodgenville.”

  • Stanton resigns

    Federal Inmate Coordinator Joey Stanton has resigned his position with LaRue County.
    Stanton, who was hired as a jail consultant to make state-mandated improvements at the LaRue County Detention Center in 2008, will be working with jails in eastern Kentucky.
    In July 2010, Stanton, a former jailer with 30 years experience and a member of the State Parole Board, was appointed chief administrative officer after jailer Ralph “Mac” Turner stepped away from duties.

  • Several new laws affect services to veterans

    Governor Steve Beshear last week signed into law nine bills that will help and honor Kentucky veterans.
    HB 425 allows Kentucky public universities to charge in-state tuition to veterans who are non-Kentucky residents if that veteran qualifies under the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
    HB 202 helps veterans obtain commercial driving licenses by waiving the driving skills test for applicants with recent military service who are experienced in operating commercial-sized motor vehicles.

  • Clerk's office receives grant for plat cabinet

    LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter has received a $3,305 grant from the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives to preserve and manage local government records. KDLA is an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet.

    The grant funds will be used to purchase and install a plat cabinet for the storage of permanent plats recorded in the county clerk’s office.

    The Local Records Program is dedicated to the preservation and management of Kentucky’s local government records of enduring value.

  • Sen. Paul speaks at Lincoln Dinner

    About 100 people packed into The Lincoln Museum Community Room in Hodgenville Tuesday for the Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner.

    U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie and State Rep. Michael Meredith were the featured speakers. Several Republican candidates were given the opportunity to speak as well.

  • 2010 Census: LaRue shows 6.1 percent growth

    LaRue County is growing, according to information released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau.
    LaRue grew by 6.1 percent or by 820 residents between 2000 and 2010.
    Total 2010 population: 14,193
    Total 2000 population: 13,373
    Racial breakdown:
    n 13,329 LaRue Countians are white, an increase of 3.94 percent from 2000
    n 444 LaRue Countians are black, a decrease of 6.53 percent from 2000
    n 401 LaRue Countians are Hispanic, an increase of 174.66 percent from 2000. In 2000, 146 people identified themselves as Hispanic.

  • City Council votes to increase fees for water and sewer deposits

    Hodgenville City Council voted Monday to increase water and sewer hookup deposits by $50. Non-property owners will be required to pay $150 for hookups.
    Mayor Terry Cruse said the city has lost almost $20,000 since 2007 on defaulted water bills. Renters move out without giving notice and the city is unable to collect.
    Homeowners are not required to pay a deposit. If they default on a bill, a lien may be placed on their property.

  • Public comment sought on Bacon Creek Watershed

    The Bacon Creek Watershed, which is located in Hart, Hardin and LaRue Counties, has a history of problems with fecal contamination, according to various news sources. Some residents use straight pipes to the creek to dispose of their waste, rather than a septic or sewer system.
    The high level of human and animal waste in the creeks makes it unsuitable for swimming or fishing.
    The Bacon Creek Watershed is situated in the Upper Green River Basin and predominantly lies in Hart County.