• Nelson deputy coroner resigns after alleged ethics violation

     A deputy Nelson County Coroner resigned Tuesday who had been serving for more than a year in violation of the county’s ethics ordinance.

    Nelson County Coroner Rayfield “Field” Houghlin asked his daughter, Rebecca, to resign, and she complied, following a complaint filed against him for nepotism with the Joint City-County Ethics Board.

    In a statement to the Standard, Houghlin said his daughter was qualified, with a degree in mortuary science.

    Rebecca was hired as a deputy coroner March 1, 2013. The position pays $300 a month.

  • Transportation Cabinet awards projects

    The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet has approved nearly $2.6 million in safety improvement road projects.

    The projects, which include guardrail repair, striping of narrow roadways and sign repairs, are under the Highway Safety Improvement Program funded by federal funds and administered by the state.

    Under HSIP, the state will allocate between $25 million and $35 million this year for highway safety projects that have the potential to achieve significant reductions in highway fatalities and serious injuries.

  • FRANKFORT UPDATE: New law may assist college-bound

    It will take some time to gather the information, but one of this year’s new laws has the potential to play a significant role when it comes to helping college students decide which career to pursue.


  • City Council hears testimony

    Hodgenville City Council met Thursday evening in a public hearing to consider removing Mayor Terry Cruse from office.

    The council's attorney presented evidence garnered from a Kentucky State Police investigation, along with alleged violations of city ordinances and state law.

    Cruse's attorney, Ron Mather, called one witness, Police Chief Steve Johnson. The moderator adjourned the meeting before cross examination could commence.

    The hearing will continue at 9 a.m. May 15.

  • UPDATE: Special meeting moved to Thursday

     Hodgenville Mayor Terry Cruse has called a special meeting of city council at 6 p.m. April 30 for the purpose of appointing three members to the Board of Ethics.

    A city ordinance established a board of ethics in 1994 – however, the appointments were either never made – or the board became defunct over the years.

    The county has a three-member board of ethics.

    The meeting will be held at City Hall, 200 S. Lincoln Blvd.

  • City Council to hold special session

     Hodgenville City Council will meet 7 p.m. Thursday, May 1, at City Hall, in a special session in an effort to oust Mayor Terry Cruse.

  • Frankfort Wrap-up: State Rep. Terry Mills

     At the start of each legislative session, it is impossible to know which proposals will clear the hurdles it takes for a bill to become law.

    Some are never heard in committee; others may make it through the House or Senate but get lost in the shuffle on the other side. Some may falter because of cost or a lack of time or public support.

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  • Rifles, knives from Richie Farmer's administration to be auctioned

     The state will auction dozens of high-quality collector’s items left over from a 2008 agriculture conference during Richie Farmer’s tenure as Kentucky agriculture commissioner.

    The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will sell 13 Remington rifles and 16 Case knives in an auction May 5 at KDFWR headquarters, 1 Sportsman’s Lane west of Frankfort. Proceeds from the auction will help fund an urban garden project that will be announced later this year.

  • Sen. Carroll Gibson offers Frankfort update

    The 2014 legislative session adjourned on midnight April 15. The session produced measures that will affect economic development, appropriate funds for state government for the next two years, public health, safety and education. Of course, as with every session, there were measures that did not succeed, that from our perspective, would have benefited the state.