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  • 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.

  • School Board to consider revised calendar tonight

    LaRue County Schools were closed May 4 after flood waters made some roads impassable.

    The missed day created some concern that the date for graduation would be moved from May 28 to June 4. Many seniors have mailed invitations already and made plans for out-of-town guests.

    The make-up day will be discussed at the May 17 school board meeting. Superintendent Sam Sanders said he will recommend that graduation remain at 8 p.m. May 28.

  • Cleanup begins after flood

    Many LaRue Countians are trying to dry out their homes and possessions after last week’s storm dumped about eight-inches of rain on the area.

    Athertonville, located between the Rolling Fork River and Knob Creek, was hard-hit and many residents were forced to leave their homes. Others moved to a second story and waited for water levels to drop.

    A day made a great difference in the receding floodwaters. On Tuesday, Mike Barnes paddled a boat to check on his Hancock Lane house. Wednesday, U.S. 31E was cleared to traffic through Athertonville and New Haven.

  • Republican state rep candidates speak at political forum

    A pair of conservative Republicans spoke at the April 20 candidate forum sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau and LaRue County Chamber of Commerce.

    Craig Astor, a Realtor, airplane mechanic and small business owner in Hodgenville, and Michael Lee Meredith, a member of Brownsville City Council and marketing officer for Bank of Edmonson County, agreed on most issues.