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Government

  • Democrats hope their nominee will reclaim Senate seat

    Four candidates are lined up to run in the May 20 primary in hopes of becoming the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in November.
    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes has the most name recognition of any Democrat in the race, but the ballot will also include college professor Greg Leichty, retiree Tom Recktenwald and Burrel Charles Farnsley.
    Leichty and Recktenwald participated in phone interviews with the Enterprise last week. Transcripts of those interviews are available here: http://goo.gl/wyiHyd (Leichty) and http://goo.gl/z3Yk4n (Recktenwald).

  • Magistrates’ pay will go up 38 percent in 2015

    During its May 1 meeting, a majority of the Marion County Fiscal Court voted in favor of increasing the magistrates pay by nearly 38 percent starting in January.
    The court voted 3-1 to approve a resolution setting the compensation for the magistrates, the county coroner, the deputy coroner and the county attorney starting in January 2015.
    Magistrate Roger "Cotton" Smothers voted against the resolution, and Magistrate John Arthur Elder was not present at last week's meeting.

  • Five Marion County projects included in state road plan

    The 2014 General Assembly has wrapped up with a new road plan, and according to local legislators, Marion County residents should see projects underway during the next two years.
    Five projects have been assigned $10.2 million in funding for the next biennium.
    State Representative Terry Mills explained that those projects have been designated for the highest priority funding from the state.
    “If it doesn’t happen, then I’m going to be talking to somebody,” Mills said.
    The projects approved for the highest priority funding are:

  • Pension woes continue with state teachers' retirement

    By Kevin Wheatley
    The State Journal

    Kentucky’s next pension headache is closer than you think.

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Greg Leichty

    Greg Leichty, 58, and his wife live in Louisville. They have two daughters, who are 29 and 26 years old.

    Leichty grew up on a farm in southeastern Iowa, but he came to Kentucky in 1978 as a community service volunteer in the Hazard area. He went on to complete his master’s and doctoral degrees at the University of Kentucky. He taught at the University of South Alabama briefly before he was hired at the University of Louisville in 1991. 

  • Democratic Senate candidate: Tom Recktenwald

    Tom Recktenwald, 67, worked at the Naval Ordnance Station in Louisville, where he was a union representative, for 30 years until it closed. He recently retired after 14 years as the technology coordinator at Notre Dame Academy, a private elementary school in Louisville.

    He and his wife, Carol, have been married for 44 years. They have a daughter, a son and three grandchildren.

  • Fiscal court meets this afternoon

     The Marion County Fiscal Court is scheduled to meet in regular session at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 1.

    The agenda includes the following items:

    • Minutes of the previous meeting

    • Request for  Renewal of Relay for Life (county presenting sponsorship)

    • Open bids for replacement bridge(s) at Buffalo Road and Delmar Caldwell Road

    • Second reading and adoption of revised county alcoholic beverage ordinance

    • Resolution fixing compensation of county officials starting term 2015

  • Incumbent faces four challengers in Senate primary

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell has served as one of Kentucky’s senators since 1985. This year, four Republicans are challenging him to be the party’s nominee in November.
    Matt Bevin, a Louisville businessman, stressed his concern about the country’s debt.
    Brad Copas, of Lexington, has served in the Army and the Kentucky Army National Guard, started businesses, and believes rural Kentucky needs someone who will fight for them.
    The other two candidates are Shawna Sterling of Sharpsburg and Chris Payne of Salvisa.

  • Republican senate candidate - Matt Bevin

    Matt Bevin was born in Shelburne, New Hampshire, as the second of six children. He attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on a four-year ROTC scholarship.

    After graduating from college in 1989, Bevin joined the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. He served for four years attaining the rank of captain.

    In 2008, he started working at Bevin Bros., a bell manufacturing company that has been in his family since 1832. In 2011, Bevin became the president of the company.

  • Republican senate candidate - Matt Bevin

    Matt Bevin was born in Shelburne, New Hampshire, as the second of six children. He attended Washington and Lee University in Virginia on a four-year ROTC scholarship.

    After graduating from college in 1989, Bevin joined the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer. He served for four years attaining the rank of captain.

    In 2008, he started working at Bevin Bros., a bell manufacturing company that has been in his family since 1832. In 2011, Bevin became the president of the company.