• Kentucky legislature works on redistricting

    This Week in Frankfort

    Nearly two weeks in, the 2012 General Assembly seemed slow coming together. Its first and most immediate challenge – state-level redistricting – was reported bogged down in predictable political concerns. Deeply ominous but deeply vague early warnings from the Beshear administration about the budget situation left lawmakers pensive, waiting for specifics in the governor’s Budget Address. Anything but speculation on the much-trumpeted casino-gambling proposal was hard to come by.

  • Local businessman plans to run for Congress

     A LaRue County businessman is planning a run for Congress.

    Craig Astor, a Realtor, aircraft mechanic and co-owner of Wrolen Pin Café, will run on the Libertarian ticket.

    Astor resigned as chairman of LaRue County’s Republican Party last month after making the decision to run in the primary election.

    “I was very disappointed in the two-party system,” said Astor. “I think they’ve failed the American people.”

    He’d like to be part of the solution.

  • PHOTO: Sen. Carroll Gibson

     FRANKFORT - Senate Majority Whip Carroll Gibson, R-Leitchfield, studies legislative articles prior to the start of the day's session in the Kentucky Senate. LaRue County is part of Gibson’s district.

  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Michael Lee Meredith on redistricting, budget, firefighter bill

     We gathered in Frankfort this past week for the beginning of the 60-day session of the General Assembly, and we have much work to do.

    There are several big issues that loom over our heads as we try to complete the work of the people of the Commonwealth. 

  • City to open sewer project bids

     Hodgenville City Council will open bids at 10 a.m. Jan. 19 for the Hamilton Heights sewer project.

  • Red Hill Cemetery Commission to purchase mapping software

     The Red Hill Cemetery Commission, which is composed of the entire Hodgenville City Council, voted Monday to purchase a software program that will map the city-owned cemetery.

  • Fiscal court approves sheriff's and county clerk's budgets

     LaRue County Fiscal Court, meeting at the courthouse in Hodgenville Jan. 10, approved the sheriff’s and county clerk’s 2012 budgets.

    County Judge-executive Tommy Turner said both budgets are very similar to the previous year.

    “One key item in the sheriff’s budget is that we want to be sure to maintain enough money to offset hazardous duty retirement costs,” Turner told magistrates. “The sheriff’s department is the only one that receives hazardous duty retirement.”

  • Cell phones banned in commercial vehicles

     On Jan. 3, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration banned the use of hand-held mobile telephones while operating a commercial vehicle.

    This ban states under part 392.82(a) of FMCSR that no driver shall use a hand held mobile telephone while driving a CMV. It goes on to state that no motor carrier shall allow or require its drivers to use a hand-held device.

  • Main Street building to be sold at courthouse door

     A pair of buildings that once held a restaurant in downtown Hodgenville will be sold at the LaRue County Courthouse door on Feb. 2.

    The historic buildings, formerly Mama Sond’s and later Abe’s Country Cooking, will be sold at a master commissioner’s sale beginning at 10 a.m.

    The property was owned by Hodgenville Main Street Renaissance Inc. until about a year ago when the organization was dissolved by the City of Hodgenville.

  • Meredith files bill that would assist firefighters

     Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) has filed a bill for the 2012 Regular Session that if passed would create a $1,000 refundable tax credit for any certified volunteer firefighter in the Commonwealth.