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Today's News

  • New Haven Commission violated open meetings law

     The New Haven Board of Commissioners violated state open meetings law last month during its monthly meeting.

    The board went into closed session to discuss “personnel and land acquisition” during its September meeting.

    After the executive session, discussion and a motion were made to raise Public Works Director Tim Bartley’s salary by $1 an hour and a motion was made to get Bradley Eastland to work part time on the weekends.

  • Flint Hill festival is Saturday

    For a first-time event, last year’s Flint Hill Fall Festival had a solid debut.

    Now organizers are hopeful Saturday’s festival at the Flint Hill General Store in Sonora is even better.

    Organizer Patty Rucker said attendees braved poor early weather conditions last year to make the festival a success.

  • PHOTO: Rotary knife maker

     Gene Baskett from Baskett Custom Knives was Thursday’s speaker at the Hodgenville Rotary Club. Baskett, the guest of Rotarian Cheryl Thomas, is the president of the knife maker's guild. His knives can be seen at www.baskettknives.com. 

  • Food stamps benefits decrease

    Since 2000, participation in the food stamp program, known also as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, has more than doubled to 15 percent of all U.S. residents. Low-income households that meet SNAP eligibility requirements receive a payment card that can be used to buy government-approved foods.

    Due to the high unemployment rate, the Obama administration waived a 1996 job requirement – a rule that made finding a job or enrolling in job training a prerequisite for receiving SNAP benefits – for 46 states, including Kentucky.

  • State oversight of county, city financials discussed

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    State oversight of city, county financials discussed

    A discussion of state-level monitoring of county and city finances last week revealed that Kentucky county finances receive more state oversight than cities’, and that providing the same oversight for cities could be quite costly.

  • ECTC board of directors accepting nominations

     Nominations to the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Board of Directors are now being accepted. Two positions have been created by term expiration.

    Information from all applicants will be presented to the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College Nominating Commission at its next meeting.  

    Applications can be requested from Cindy Cannon, deputy director, Boards and Commissions, by calling 502-564-2611 or by email at cindy.cannon@ky.gov. Applications can be accessed at www.kentucky.gov.

  • Division of Forestry collecting, planting native seeds

     Have you ever heard the expression, “from one small seed, a mighty tree can grow?” It means that things of lasting value often start small, even though the final results may not be seen for years.

  • COLUMN: Library offers Talking Books

    Kentucky libraries offer many services, but one service many people may not be aware of is the Kentucky Talking Book Library where audio and Braille materials are available, postage free.

    The collection includes fiction and non-fiction, with items suitable for all ages. The special equipment needed for the audio is also provided by the Kentucky Talking Book Library.

    Anyone who cannot see well enough to read regular print or cannot hold a book and turn the pages is eligible for this service.

  • Superintendent contracts available online

     Last Spring, State Auditor Adam Edelen recommended to the Kentucky Department of Education that it require all school districts to submit the superintendent contract for posting on a publicly-accessible website. The Department of Education accepted that recommendation and all school districts have complied.

    A copy of the contracts for school superintendents is available at http://education.ky.gov/districts/FinRept/Pages/Superintendent-Compensat....

  • CROSS COUNTRY: Sandidge wins Mid-Kentucky Conference

     Adam Sandidge, for the second year, won the Mid-Kentucky Athletic Conference meet at the Bluegrass Entertainment Center (formerly Hillbilly Heaven) in Bardstown.

    Last year, Sandidge had a time of 16:56.25.

    At the Oct. 22 event, he shaved several seconds off his time (16:21.08) in the 5,000-meter run.

    Eighty runners from eight teams competed in the event.

    Teamwise, LaRue County’s boys placed fifth.

    For the girls, LaRue’s Kristina Durbin placed 14th with a time of 21:36.51.