• PHOTO: Ashley Cottrell, page for a day

    Ashley Cottrell, daughter of Michael and Diana Cottrell of Magnolia, was invited to be a special page to Senate President David Williams during the Feb. 28 session of the Kentucky Senate.

    Cottrell enjoyed being introduced by Senator Williams and hearing bills discussed and voted upon.   

  • Passport audited by state

    Passport Health Plan – the state's largest contractor and a Medicaid managed care provider – was targeted by state auditors earlier this year.

    A report released last week by State Auditor Critt Luallan showed excessive spending for the four-person staff of Passport. Perks included high salaries, excessive spending on travel and entertainment and little oversight. Many of the activities, which added up to more than $220,000, had no “clear business person,” according to the 229-page report.

  • Robert Foster joins Hodgenville City Police

    Robert Foster, left, has joined the Hodgenville Police Department as assistant police chief to Acting Chief Steve Johnson. Foster is a retired detective from Kentucky State Police and investigator from Metlife Insurance. Foster lives in Magnolia with his wife Rheta. Their children are grown, Foster said, and they have six grandchildren. Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse, right, held the swearing-in ceremony Monday.

  • Fiscal Court: Judge/Executive defends contract with jail consultant

    The LaRue County Detention Center accepted its first federal prisoner last month, not long after Fiscal Court entered into a contract with the U.S. Marshal’s Office.
    It’s a small beginning to offset a potential $750,000 reduction in state funding at the jail. But County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner says the federal contract could produce up to $950,000 plus additional fees for transportation – which will more than offset the lost revenue caused by fewer state inmates being housed in LaRue County.

  • New Haven mayor swinging at his first term

    In the winter months, Bobby Johnson hangs out at Extreme Swing in Bardstown. He works there unpaid, just to have something to do.

    When warmer weather arrives, Johnson stays busy outside, tending to his lawn and rental property, golfing - or attempting to, he said - or just enjoying nature. But this year, he'll have something else to keep him busy.

  • Interstate 65 construction work continues

    As part of an asphalt rehabilitation project, Interstate 65 is undergoing right-of-way tree trimming and clearing along north and southbound lanes from mile points 64.1 near Munfordville to 90.5 near Elizabethtown.  

  • FRANKFORT: Session ends March 22

    Legislative leaders have gaveled the 2011 Kentucky General Assembly into session, kicking off a session scheduled to last 30 days. The session is scheduled to conclude on March 22.
    Citizens have numerous ways to follow legislative action throughout the session, including seeing legislative action in person in the State Capitol’s legislative chambers and committee meeting rooms, which are open to the public.

  • Mayor's letter to discourage 'discourteous' downtown parking

    Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse – acting with the approval of Hodgenville City Council – will pen a letter to shop owners in the downtown, asking them to be more considerate in parking.
    Norma Benningfield, owner of Main Street Barber Shop, requested the council set aside parking spaces for customers in the downtown area. She said other shopkeepers and their employees are parking in front of her building, forcing her customers to park in inconvenient locations.

  • City water and sewer deposits to increase

    Skipping out on an unpaid water bill will become more difficult if Hodgenville City Council has its way.
    The Council held first reading Feb. 14 of a proposed ordinance that increases water and sewer deposits for non-property owners. The current rate is $100; the proposed rate is $150 in advance.
    Homeowners are not required to pay a deposit, according to City Clerk MaDonna Hornback. However, if they default on a bill, a lien may be placed on their property.

  • Proposed bill seeks reimbursement for costs of illegal immigrants

    Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown (26th District) announced the filing of House Bill 485, which if passed would direct any state, county or local government agency who determines that an illegal alien has been receiving any care, education, housing, incarceration, or treatment paid for by Kentucky tax dollars to persuade the Attorney General to seek reimbursement from the Federal government for those funds.