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Government

  • E-vet assist speeds veterans' claims

    Veterans will see speedier filing of benefit claims and faster service in general thanks to a new computerized system installed by the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs.

    “Kentucky’s veterans and their families deserve far better than the old paper system,” KDVA Commissioner Ken Lucas said. “E-Vet Assist makes it faster, more accurate and more efficient for us to help them obtain the benefits and services they have earned. We are glad to see the new automated system finally come to fruition.”

  • Main Street's funding halted until contract signed

    The Main Street organization will be self-funded at least until its current contract with the state is renewed.
    Mayor Terry Cruse told members of Hodgenville City Council that he wants the volunteer group to “become more self-sufficient.” He said the city would not pay the agreed-upon amount of $1,250 monthly to Main Street until the recertification contract is signed.
    And that could take at least three months, according to Director Celia McDonald.

  • Seminar provides basics of naturalization laws

    A representative from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services will be at the LaRue County Board of Education 10 a.m. Jan. 22 to provide an overview of USCIS and discuss the requirements and benefits of naturalization. Anyone interested in learning more about obtaining citizenship is invited to attend.  Contact Sarah Hornback at 358-8334 for more information.

  • Meredith named vice chair of Local Government Committee

    Newly-elected Rep. Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District) was named Vice-Chairman of the House Local Government Committee in the Kentucky House of Representatives. The announcement was made Friday.

    “I’m pleased and humbled to be named as Vice-Chairman of the House Local Government Committee,” said Meredith. “I hope to use the feedback I receive from those living in my district and across the commonwealth in my new role.”

  • Parking ticket dismissed, controversy remains

    Greg Harry has won round two of the Lincoln Boulevard parking conflict.
    Harry, 50, the former minister of music for First Baptist Church Hodgenville, was cited for “improper parking fire lane/block traveled portion of roadway” Nov. 22 by Hodgenville City Police.
    Harry had been parking his 1988 Chevrolet 1500 pickup in front of his home in an effort to sell it. A city officer asked him to move it as the city had received complaints from residents who claimed it blocked visibility.

  • Cecil looks back on the path that led her to the New Haven mayor’s seat

    Growing up in the Philippines, Tessie Cecil never thought she would marry an American and leave home, much less become the mayor of a small Kentucky town. She did both, however, and after more than 20 years as New Haven’s mayor, Cecil, 62, is stepping down. Mayor-elect Bobby Johnson took over Jan. 1.

  • Newly-elected officials learn duties

    Incoming magistrates to LaRue County Fiscal Court are already united in one aspect of their duties – they want to do the best they can for the people they represent.
    “I’m sure it will be a learning experience,” said Ricky Whitlock, who represents District Two, covering Hodgenville East, Lyons Station and White City voting precincts. “The reason I’m here is to help the people and do what’s best for LaRue County.”

  • Meredith sworn in

    Surrounded by family and friends, Representative-elect Michael Meredith, R-Brownsville (19th District), was sworn in during a Dec. 30 ceremony held at the Old Courtroom of the Edmonson County Courthouse in Brownsville. Meredith was elected in November to serve as the 19th District State Representative for LaRue, Edmonson and Hart Counties. Meredith is the youngest legislator in Frankfort and only the fifth legislator age 25 or younger in Kentucky history.

  • New law requires inspection for HVAC installation

    Contractors who install heating and cooling units face more red tape, thanks to a state law that went into effect Jan. 1.

    They are now required to apply for HVAC permits and have those installations inspected.

    The law requiring the Division of HVAC to establish a permitting and inspection program was passed in April 2008. The act required the program be in place by Jan. 1, 2011.

    The new regulations cover all initial installations of HVAC systems in commercial buildings, single family and multi-family buildings.

  • County water bills to show slight increase

    The cost of a glass of water just went up – a little.
    The Public Service Commission has approved a 30 cent increase per 1,000 gallons of water to LaRue County Water District No. 1. The cost will be passed on to county customers and will go into effect with this month’s water bills, according to LCWD manager Steve Gardner.
    The minimum water bill was set at $12.50 in 2004. The PSC approved a new minimum rate of $12.80 for the first 1,000 gallons.