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Except for Louisville-Jefferson County and Lexington-Fayette County, efforts to merge city and county governments have not been successful in Kentucky. The accompanying chart, prepared by the Kentucky League of Cities, is a listing of official merger or consolidation attempts in Kentucky. None was attempts to create a unified local government as is being studied in Pulaski County because statutes governing creation of a unified local government were passed in 2008. According to media reports there have been recent or current citizen-initiated discussions about unification in Hardin, Garrard, Estill and Anderson counties. A spokeswoman for Elizabethtown city government told the Commonwealth Journal merger with Hardin County government is a dead issue. However, the unification committee, Hardin County United, formed in late 2010, is still intact and meets regularly.
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42 tons of stolen fertilizer tracked to Pulaski
The Pulaski County economy has benefited greatly over the years from the so-called “Ohio Navy” visiting Lake Cumberland every summer. Less welcome would be a visit of 42 tons of fertilizer from the Buckeye State.That’s apparently what northern Pulaski got however, as Kentucky State Police are investigating an alleged theft from a company in Ohio that found its way south.
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Local professional arm wrestler Ryan Barnett breezed through his six matches in the United States Arm Wrestling Federation National Championships, in the 198-lb. (90 kg.) left-handed division. Barnett, who his currently ranked 7th in the nation in his division, will represent the United States in the USAF 2013 World Arm Wrestling Federation Championships in Gdynia, Poland.
Barnett qualifies for World Arm Wrestling Championships
Local professional arm wrestler Ryan Barnett breezed through his six matches in the United States Arm Wrestling Federation National Championships, in the 198-lb. (90 kg.) left-handed division.
Barnett, who his currently ranked 7th in the nation in his division, will represent the United States in the USAF 2013 World Arm Wrestling Federation Championships – to be held in Gdynia, Poland.
The Doctor gets his chance to be a ‘Cool Runner’
For most of his adult life, Dr. Joe Weigel has been an avid runner.
And for most of his adult life, Dr. Joe Weigel has been an avid local spokesman for health and fitness.
Another big turnout for 16th annual Cool Run
Murfreesboro, Tennessee, native David Justus felt right at home in Somerset, Kentucky on Saturday evening, as he cruised to victory in the Somerset 5K Cool Run and Walk at the Rocky Hollow Recreation Center.
Justus, a 25-year-old from the Volunteer State, outlasted 176 other runners to claim the first-place trophy in the race’s 16th edition. Justus’ winning time was 17:02.
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Business booming for new liquor store
Five liquor licenses were approved for Somerset and the third store to open was this past week.
Called "First Stop,"the new package store it is located on the west side of U.S. 27 between lights 20 and 21, which is a little north of TSC Tractor Supply. The owner is Charlotte Perdisaris and the manager is Michael Scott.
Perdisaris has been working on getting the store ready for a number of months but was delayed by the shipment and installation of a large 10 x 20 foot walk-in cooler that lines the back of the shop. Otherwise, she thought they could have opened much earlier and, perhaps, have even been the first to open.With such a large cooler, they have a large supply of beer and wine in it to choose from. As to other spirits, they have a large variety of brands, especially high end brands such as Crown Royal and R&R. In addition, they have beer singles on ice. At this time, they are the only local liquor store selling beer in kegs.
First Stop is the last liquor store to open that is locally owned and operated. The remaining two licenses are to drug store retailers.
Scenic new trails opened at Pulaski County Park
Despite a rainy last several days, outdoor enthusiasts couldn’t help but play in the mud a little this weekend in celebration of the grand opening of biking and hiking trails at Pulaski County Park.
“We’ve been working on this .. for about four years,” said Pulaski County Judge-executive Barty Bullock to a crowd of around 50 people gathered at the head of the new trail at the park. “ ... It’s been such a good project.
“We think it’s going to be a huge asset to this community,” added Bullock.
The essence of the trail has existed at Pulaski County Park for decades as an Eagle Scout Trail. The newest trails, are almost 9 miles long, with five of those miles dedicated to biking.
The trail is built to the standards of the International Mountain Biking Association, a worldwide network that brings together serious bicycle enthusiasts.