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2008: Home Building here hits a 25 year low

Construction activity tumbled in Henderson and Henderson County last year, with home-building falling to the lowest levels in at least 25 years and overall construction dropping by more than half from 2006. The city and county issued permits for only 98 new houses in 2007. That's the fewest since at least 1982, when the county started requiring building permits for houses constructed outside the city limits.

Editor's Note: February 2008, we carried a story from the Henderson Gleaner about slow housing starts 2008 was the last crash of the economy.

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2009 Ice Storm Day One: Isn't It Pretty?
January 27, the beginning of the 2009 Ice Storm. Few who experienced it will forget it.
2009 Ice Storm Day One: Isn't It Pretty?

Editor's Note - This story didn't get published until February 8, 2009 after electricity was restored.

Sparkly, twinkly covers of ice on trees, bushes, cars, houses - the outdoors shone on Tuesday morning, January 27th. We stayed inside for much of the day thinking how pretty it was. The power went off at 10:10 pm. Monday night.

No worries. We had cat food and cocoa and plenty of coffee.

Little did we know that pretty would become ugly and scary very soon as the temperature dropped and the power didn't come back on for eight days.

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2010 Recommended Highway Plan presented to General Assembly
Artist\'s drawing of new bridge over Kentucky Lake
2010 Recommended Highway Plan presented to General Assembly
Some highlights of the recommended plan:
  • $1.9 billion through FY 2016 for the Louisville-Southern Indiana Ohio River Bridges Project. The total assumes $1.44 billion of "innovative financing" to be determined by a Kentucky-Indiana bi-state authority. The total also includes $231 million from sale of Grant Anticipation Revenue Vehicle (GARVEE) bonds this year and in FY 2011.
  • A $300 million sale of state road bonds, of which about $155 million would be available for new projects. The rest would be used to finish state projects from a bond sale in 2009.
  • $112 million from a second sale of bonds to support "BRAC" projects associated with the realignment of Fort Knox.
  • $330 million for new bridges over Lake Barkley and Kentucky Lake.
  • $301 million through the coming biennium, and $611.1 million through FY 2016, for bridge replacements statewide.
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2011 Cooper named Asst. Super for Probation and Parole in Purchase
2011 Cooper named Asst. Super for Probation and Parole in Purchase

Editor's Note: 2011 Things were calming down when our big story from the first week of February is a new commissioner for District 1

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Feb. 3, 2011) - Department of Corrections Director of Probation and Parole Tim Carman today announced the promotion of John Cooper to the position of Probation and Parole District 1 Assistant Supervisor covering Ballard, Caldwell, Calloway, Carlisle, Fulton, Graves, Hickman, Livingston, Lyon, Marshall, McCracken and Trigg counties. He assumed his new duties in District 1 on Feb. 1, 2011.

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2012 Confused? Filing deadline for legislative seats remains murky

Editor's Note: February 2012 proved that the General Assembly could mess with our heads

UPDATE - All deadlines have been moved to Friday afternoon.

The filing deadline to run for Congress was extended to February 7th.

The filing deadline to run for the General Assembly?

As this is being written, it's in the hands of Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd.

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2013 Hemp, Hemp, Hooray!  Clinton first in West Kentucky to Support Industrial Hemp
Henry Ford used an ax to demonstrate strength of hemp car body. Clinton is looking to bring hemp back as an industrial product
2013 Hemp, Hemp, Hooray! Clinton first in West Kentucky to Support Industrial Hemp

Editor's Note: February 2013 found Clinton to be the first to support hemp. The product has stuttered in recent years.

CLINTON, KY. Feb. 5, 2013 - Last night, Clinton became the first city in West Kentucky to support Hemp. At its regular monthly meeting, the Clinton City Council voted 6-0 to issue letters of support to top federal and state officials on their efforts to re introduce industrial hemp into Kentucky as a new cash agri business crop.

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