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Fiscal Court approves purchase of UTV for emergency response

Hancock County Fiscal Court approved the purchase of a side-by-side UTV for use by emergency medical services, giving first responders a reliable way to reach areas of the county which may be in rugged terrain. Fiscal Court met Jan. 10 in the first meeting of the new year. The need for the UTV was first…

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Hancock County occupational tax revenue up half-million

Hancock County Fiscal Court has reported a half-million-dollar increase in the county occupational tax revenue for Fiscal year 2020-2021, which ended on Oct. 31. Judge-Executive Johnny “Chic” Roberts told magistrates at Monday’s regular meeting of Fiscal Court the county collected $1.75 million from the tax levy on wages earned within Hancock County in the fiscal…

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Hancock County candidates for May 17 Primary Election 2022

Candidates for the May 17 primary of the 2022 Election have begun filing in Hancock County. The community will select party nominees for the November 8 General Election during the primary. All county constitutional offices are on the ballot, along with city offices in Hawesville and Lewisport. As well, Kentucky will elect a U.S. senator…

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Vastwood to reopen to swimming, county trying for splash park

Vastwood Park might be wet and wild this summer, and for years to come, after the county announced its intentions to tentatively reopen the lake for swimming late this summer, while also announcing that it’s applying for a grant to build a new spray park. The county is applying for a Land and Water Conservation…

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911 director says system outdated; county commits to big overhaul

After hearing the county’s 911 communications are so poor that it’s endangering personnel, the county has committed to spend at least $269,000 to bring it up to minimum compliance in the next year. Damien Rice, the county’s 911 director, told the fiscal court Monday that the system had been neglected for so long that it…

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Court hears about rising costs for retirements, extension

Hancock County’s magistrates got some expensive news during Monday’s meeting, when they heard about rising costs in employee retirements and in the operation of the county’s extension service, both increases handed down by the state. During what is normally a simple annual process of presenting the annual budget for the Hancock County Cooperative Extension Service,…

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