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Government

  • 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.

  • Main Street disbanded

    A tumultuous relationship between the Hodgenville Main Street/Renaissance organization and Mayor Terry Cruse came to a head Monday night when the mayor dissolved the volunteer group.

    Kentucky Main Street began in 1979 as a way to channel state grants and volunteerism into improving downtowns. During the last five years, Hodgenville Main Street has received grants to renovate a restaurant and improve storefronts in the downtown.

    Cruse read a prepared statement to City Council and members of Main Street in attendance.

  • County enters federal inmate contract

    LaRue County Fiscal Court has entered into a federal inmate contract with the U.S. Marshal’s Office that County Judge-Executive Tommy Turner says will more than offset a potential $750,000 reduction in state funding at the jail.
    Turner said Kentucky will soon be moving about two thirds of state inmates out of county jails due to major changes being made in probation, parole and sentencing guidelines.  

  • Taxpayers have three extra days to file

    Procrastinators get three extra days to file their taxes this year.
    The April 15 deadline has been moved to April 18.
    And you can thank our most famous native son, Abraham Lincoln, for this unexpected blessing.
    A little-known holiday called Emancipation Day falls on Saturday, April 16, so it will be observed April 15, according to a release from the Internal Revenue Service.

  • Astor to head LaRue County Republicans

    Craig Astor has accepted the chairmanship of the LaRue County Republican Party.
    Astor, a 2010 candidate for 19th district state representative, owns Wrolen Pin Café with his wife Ruth.

  • LEGISLATIVE REVIEW: Rep. Michael Meredith

    LEGISLATIVE UPDATE

    By State Representative Michael Meredith

     

    It’s back to work in Frankfort for the second half of the 2011 legislative session and I am hopeful this session will be one of progress as we spend the next several weeks discussing bill proposals and passing legislation.

  • Severe weather costly for county

    Wintry weather has been costly to the county in terms of salt supplies and overtime.
    Clyde Veirs, county road supervisor, told Fiscal Court Jan. 25 his department has spread between 380 and 400 tons of salt this winter.
    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner and Veirs agreed that the total is the most the county has used during a winter season. Turner, mentioning that salt supplies are tight throughout the state, told the court the county may have to consider using a mixture of sand and calcium prepared by Irving Materials, Inc., out of Elizabethtown.

  • Williamson graduates from criminal justice training

    Law enforcement officers from 15 agencies across the state, including Eric Williamson of the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office, graduated Friday from basic training at the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.
    The 22 officers of Class 419 completed 18 weeks of training, which consisted of more than 750 hours, recruit-level-officer academy instruction.

  • City Council at arms over dismissed tickets

    For more than two months, city officials have locked horns with a Hodgenville man over parking on Lincoln Boulevard.

    Greg Harry placed a “for sale” sign on his pickup truck and parked it in front of his house. Officers asked him to move it after receiving complaints from other residents. He complied, then changed his mind after conferring with County Attorney Dale Morris.

    Eventually, he was charged with illegal parking and the truck was towed.