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  • Nelson clerk candidate’s eligibility under scrutiny

    With just days before the May 18 primary and 12 Democratic candidates in the hunt for the party nod, the race for Nelson County Clerk is beginning to heat up.

    Catching most of that heat is candidate Phillip Mouser with questions buzzing throughout the county concerning his eligibility to file for the office.

  • Magnolia meth case to be heard by grand jury

    LaRue District Judge C. Derek Reed declined Wednesday to lower bond for five people charged in a drug bust in Magnolia April 26.

    James Edward Lacy, 38, of Munfordville; Brad Lee Williamson, 34, of 4608 S. L&N Turnpike, Magnolia; and Ernest Wilson, 40, of Munfordville; were each charged with manufacture of methamphetamine and unlawful possession of meth precursors.

    Marvin Ray Bryant, 43, and Geneva Lois Bryant, 47, were charged with possession of controlled substance and buy or possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Suspect in New Hope shooting arrested on drug charges

    The Kentucky State Police have arrested a man on drug charges who is a suspect in conjunction with a shooting Monday that occurred in the St. Francis and New Hope areas of Nelson and Marion counties

    According to a press release from the Columbia post of the KSP, Douglas Hutchins, St. Francis, is a suspect in a shooting that injured Michael Greenwell, 26, around 3 p.m. Monday. Greenwell was transported by EMS from his home in New Hope to the New Hope Fire Department and the flown to University Hospital in Louisville. He is listed in stable condition.

  • Trumbo's retirement opens path for jailer candidates

    Kentucky is the only state in the union that has an elected partisan jailer. The jailer serves a four-year term and is responsible for overseeing local and state inmates. The person must be 24 years old and live in the state two years, the last year within the county, to qualify for the position. The candidate must complete a basic training course before taking office.

  • Meet your candidates for LaRue County magistrate

    All four seats of LaRue Fiscal Court are up for grabs this year and three races will be settled in the May 18 primary.

    By state law, Fiscal Court works with the judge/executive to oversee county spending and the road system. Each magistrate (also called justice of the peace) is elected to a four-year term.  (Salaries are about $578.69 monthly and are adjusted annually by the consumer price index.)

    District 1 - Hodgenville and Hodgenville West

    Democratic incumbent Peggy Hawkins faces a challenge from Gary T. “Tony” Stewart in District 1.

  • Turner faces opposition from Blair for judge/executive

    LaRue County Judge/Executive Tommy Turner faces opposition in the May primary from fellow Democrat Ken Blair.

    Turner, 50, is a 1978 graduate of LaRue County High School and earned his bachelors and masters eegrees from Western Kentucky University.

    Turner grew up on his family’s farm in Magnolia, working in his father’s welding shop. He clerked sales for an auction company and taught briefly in LaRue County Schools prior to running for judge/executive.

    He and his wife Camille have two children, Isaiah, 14 and Anna Grace, 8.

  • Mayor: ‘The infrastructure is flat falling apart’

    Eight inches of rain in a 24-hour period caused flooding in many areas of the county last week.

    Some of the damage was obvious – as muddy water seeped into homes and landlocked others. Federal officials barely have started the process of determining the financial loss of furnishings and structures.

    Other damage is not so obvious, but just as heartbreaking as was voiced by several Hodgenville residents at Monday’s city council meeting.

  • Today's primary will narrow field

    The results of several countywide elections will be settled  with the May 18 primary.

    According to totals released by the County Clerk’s office last week, there are 9,535 people registered to vote in the election. Of those, 6,350 or 66.5 percent, are Democrats; 2,728, or 28.6 percent, are Republicans; and 457, or 4.8 percent, are non-partisan. 

    The numbers show an increase of about 200 Republicans, a decrease of about 200 voters for Democrats and an increase of 50 independent since the 2006 election.

  • Full field of candidates turns out for jailer’s forum

    Last week’s political forum gave LaRue County jailer candidates a chance to describe their backgrounds and willingness to make changes at the detention center.

    The field of three Democrats and three Republicans were given two minutes to introduce themselves and offer a closing statement and two minutes to field questions.

  • Constables: Plenty of candidates, despite no salary

    The office of constable was established by Kentucky’s constitution in 1850.

    The position has changed over the years with several duties no longer required since the 1970s. However, constables still have the power of arrest and to execute warrants, subpoenas, summonses and other court documents, and are required to execute any court process given to them. They have the same countywide jurisdiction as the sheriff.