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Government

  • Park employees retire, leave behind ‘big shoes’

    Two longtime employees of Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Park have retired.

    Friday was the last day of work for Park Ranger Patti Reynolds and Administrative Officer Rebecca Gary. Between the two of them, they have spent 70 years educating the public about and preserving the legacy of Abraham Lincoln.

    Park Superintendent Bill Justice said Reynolds and Gary have left behind “some really big shoes.” Both helped him learn his job and “avoid pitfalls” when he was hired in 2011.

  • U.S. Rep. Guthrie announces new Washington office

    Congressman Brett Guthrie announced Dec. 15 that he’s making a move.

    Guthrie’s office since 2010 has been in Room 308 of the Cannon House Office Building. As the press release said, the building was built in 1905 and will soon begin a 10-year renovation. As a result, Guthrie had to find a new office.

    The new digs are located in Room 2434 of the Rayburn House Office Building. His phone number remains the same, 202-225-3501.  

  • PHOTO: New City officer
  • PHOTO: Sheriff sworn in
  • Fiscal Court: Properties rezoned

    LaRue County Fiscal Court concurred with planning and zoning’s approval of rezoning several parcels of land as the magistrates met at the courthouse in Hodgenville Dec. 16.

    Four of the properties, rezoned from A1 to R1B, were located on Campbellsville Road near Morning Star Road. They included 3.14 acres, owner Jason Humphrey; 4.05 acres, Thomas Wescott; 4.4 acres, Peggy Reeves, and 4.2 acres, Harry Watts.

  • PHOTO: ‘I do solemnly swear that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of this Commonwealth, and be faithful and true to the Commonwealth of Kentucky ....’
  • Marion County objects to repurposing pipeline

    The Marion County Fiscal Court last week reiterated its opposition to pipelines carrying natural gas liquids in the county.

    During the court’s Dec. 18 meeting, the magistrates unanimously approved a resolution opposing plans by Kinder Morgan to convert a portion of the Tennessee Gas Pipeline to carry natural gas liquids instead of natural gas.

    The court’s resolution was greeted by a round of applause by members of the Sisters of Loretto, co-members of the Loretto Community and local landowners who have led the local opposition to NGL pipelines.

  • Raywick's mayor retires after three terms

    Marilyn Mullins' career in politics started with a request from Alvin Morris in 2002. He wanted her to run for mayor of Raywick.

    "It was getting time for someone to run and I guess nobody had stepped up," she said, adding, "I told him, 'Well, I don't know what I'm doing, but I'll give it everything I got."

    Twelve years and three terms later, Mullins, 73, is retiring as a city official.

    While she had previously served as an officer in other organizations, none of them were like being the mayor of her town.

  • Phelps reflects on 23 years as a city councilman

    For the last 23 years, James Phelps Jr. knew exactly where he would be on the second Monday of each month: the Hodgenville City Council meeting.

    This month, his tenure – possibly the longest tenure of a councilman – came to an end as a new crop of council members was sworn in.

    Phelps, who was consistently the top vote-getter in a six-person panel, made the decision to run for mayor last summer. He lost by 92 votes to fellow councilman and interim mayor, Kenny DeVore.

  • Rand Paul seeks re-election

    Sen. Rand Paul last week announced that he would seek re-election to the United States Senate in 2016.

    “I ran for office because, like many Kentuckians, I was alarmed at the problems facing our country: a stagnant and uneven economy, a growing national debt, out-of-control federal spending, a disastrous health care plan, the assault on our civil rights and liberties, and a misguided foreign policy,” said Sen. Paul.

    Senate Majority Leader-elect Mitch McConnell is endorsing Sen. Paul’s re-election campaign.