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Council approves replacement of water main
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The Cadiz Water Treatment Plant will be replacing a water main — and producing much more water in the community — following a nod of approval from the Cadiz City Council.

Cadiz Public Works Director Craig Oakley said the plant currently is producing around 435,000 gallons of water a day when it’s capable of producing 1½ million gallons.

“We’re not even running a third of what it’s capable of doing,” the director told the council at its meeting on Jan 4 at Cadiz City Hall.

Oakley said the city opened bids for the main in December and received one response.

Scott & Ritter Inc., of Bowling Green submitted an estimate of $106,722.

Oakley noted that the Cadiz plant is buying water right now from Barkley Water. The current bill is $6,138.08, while in December the plant paid $3,749.97 to Barkley Water.

“That’s just an expense because we can’t serve water there because of the water main,” Oakley noted of the plant’s customers across the river, on U.S. 68 out on Canton Road.

He said the new water main will go under Little River; it is an HDPE pipe, i.e., a flexible plastic pipe that is used to transfer fluids, and it is the same size as the current pipe.

But Oakley said this pipe will flow more water since the inside of the pipe won’t have the scale and is one consistent piece of pipe.

“It is fused together,” he added, explaining that “they will directionally bore under the river and come up on the other side in one piece.”

Council members subsequently approved a motion that the water line be replaced.

Oakley said Scott & Ritter could possibly start the work on the new main in the next three to five weeks if materials are available.

The council also during last week’s meeting heard from Cadiz Fire Chief Thomas Futrell, who thanked members for matching a grant last year enabling the department to buy gear.

“That stuff come in, and these guys looked like kids at Christmas pulling boxes apart,” the chief noted of the gear the Cadiz Fire Department received. “It was very much needed and very appreciated.”

Futrell said he’s also applied for a thermal imaging grant to acquire another thermal camera for his department and for another personal protective equipment grant.

Last year the fire department was awarded a $10,000 personal protective equipment grant.

Additionally, the chief gave a report on his department’s efforts last year.

The fire department in 2021 made 62 total runs, including 11 structure fires, six vehicle fires, three industrial fires, six mutual aid calls, 24 alarms and 12 other calls to grass fires, complaints of gas smells and the like.

Last week’s council meeting was presided over by Council Member Susie Hendricks in the absence of Mayor Todd King, who was awaiting the birth of a grandchild.

In other business:

  • The council approved the appointment of Jimmie Carr and Connie Allen to the Board of Adjustment. They will serve four-year terms.
  • City Clerk Barbie Johnson said Cadiz-Trigg County Parks and Recreation Director Jeff Hunter has been doing inventory for football equipment and scheduling and opening gyms for basketball practice on weeknights. She said Parks and Recreation hosted 12 basketball games in December. No away games were played due to tornado damage.
  • Cadiz Police Chief Duncan Wiggins said the Cadiz Police Department investigated 29 cases in December, arrested 14 people and responded to 368 calls for service. He noted that, in 2021, the department responded to 5,478 calls for service, investigated 540 criminal cases and made 210 arrests.
  • Wiggins also said Cadiz Code Enforcement opened 320 cases in 2021, closed out 298 cases and collected more than $2,400 in fines.
  • The city council approved its December minutes and its list of expenditures.

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Snow, snow and more snow...
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According to the National Weather Service office at Paducah, Trigg County was in a swath of western Kentucky that received from 4 to 6 inches of snow in the storm that arrived on Thursday morning. Paducah officials said snowfall totals from the storm were highest across western Kentucky, which received anywhere from 3 to 6 inches of snow. The community receiving the most snow in the NWS forecast area was Central City in Muhlenberg County, which got 6.5 inches of snow. Snowfall rates of 1 inch per hour occurred across western Kentucky during the morning and early afternoon, according to Paducah officials. The snow ended from west to east through the afternoon, exiting the region’s far eastern counties by 5 p.m.

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Swine efforts a success
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Ongoing efforts have been productive in eradicating the feral hogs that were first reported at the Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area in the early 2000s, one LBL official noted recently.

“Estimated numbers from 2021 have shown success in eradicating feral hogs from the landscape,” said Scott Raymond, acting public affairs officer at LBL. “We fully expect to maintain these efforts in 2022.”

Officials said the eradication efforts are continuing through approved capabilities that include trapping and/or aerial operations.

Carlin Lewis, a public affairs specialist with the U.S. Forest Service at LBL, said the forest service has been working in partnership with the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) since 2014 to eradicate the swine.

“APHIS applies various methods for removing feral swine,” said Lewis, adding that the combined eradication efforts have been successful to date in reducing the numbers of swine at the national recreation area.

Lewis noted that the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources and the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency are also partners in the eradication efforts of the feral swine.

She said the swine population at LBL has primarily been localized to the Tennessee portion of the national recreation area, with reported sightings trending north to and around the Kentucky state line.

Lewis said the swine threaten the characteristics that make LBL a valuable asset to the area’s culture and tourism economy.

They are extremely destructive to natural and agricultural resources, she said, adding that the swine are able to out-compete native plants and animals for critical resources.

Pose Problems

“Their growth and adaptability can reduce the survivability of game species by predation and forage competition,” Lewis noted, explaining that “they consume large amounts of vegetation, and behaviors such as rooting, soil compaction and wallowing all pose problems for native plants and forest growth.”

The swine are a non-native, invasive species, and although officials aren’t sure how they came to be at LBL, they believe those currently at the recreation area may be the result of illegal and intentional transference by humans.

Lewis said it’s difficult to assess an exact number of the swine by counting them because of their prolific reproductive rate, their expanding range and their elusive nature.

“Wildlife biologists use observations of damage done by feral swine as well as visitor and staff sighting reports, to assess population range,” she explained.

Lewis noted that recreational hunting is not the answer to eradicating the feral swine and is prohibited at the national recreation area.

LBL won’t provide an incentive for the further potential release of the swine on its property.

“Hunting pressure causes swine to become nocturnal and actually promotes their spread as they seek areas with less human disturbance,” Lewis noted,” sharing information from the LBL website. “Instead we are pursuing a cooperative strategy to effectively eradicate the feral swine population at Land Between the Lakes.”

Lewis said visitors to LBL who come into contact with the swine should treat them as wild animals. Most swine will flee from humans, she said, noting that yelling or making a noise will usually scare them off.

Swine Avoid HumansThey have excellent senses of smell and hearing and normally avoid human contact.

Again sharing information from the LBL website, Lewis urged visitors to be alert for signs of feral swine such as rooting, damage, tracks and wallows, i.e., areas of mud or shallow water where the animals go to wallow.

She also noted that visitors should know where the swine are and what they are doing.

Keep at a distance from the swine.

Safety tips and other information about the feral swine are available under the “hunting” link on the homepage of the LBL website at, and Lewis said the Department of Fish and Wildlife has also provided LBL with information and brochures that the national recreation area shares at its facilities, on bulletin boards and on its website.

Lewis noted that visitors to LBL who do see the swine or notice signs of the animal should fill out a feral swine sighting report form.

The forms are available on the official LBL website at, which also includes information about the animals and their impact on LBL and other areas.

Among other things, the website points out that economic losses resulting from damage caused by the swine in the U.S. is estimated to be more than $1.5 billion per year.

The site also notes that the swine now have expanded their presence to include 38 states.

In Kentucky, Lewis said the public can report swine sightings, damage or the criminal release of the animals to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources by calling 1-800-858-1549 or by visiting and clicking on “report.”

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New driver's license office to open in Trigg
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Trigg County is among seven Kentucky counties that are making the transition this month to a new, secure driver-licensing model, administered by the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that gives Kentuckians more choices and modern services.

A press release from the transportation cabinet notes that the traditional issuance system of licenses and permits initiated at the Office of Circuit Court Clerk in each county is being phased out. It is being replaced by a network of cabinet Driver Licensing Regional Offices located across the state.

Twenty regional offices have been opened statewide to date, with more to come. Officials said the transportation cabinet and Kentucky’s circuit court clerks are working together to smoothly complete the transition statewide by June 30.

“It’s a new era of driver licensing in Kentucky,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “We are using technology to offer more service options than ever before, such as online appointment scheduling, online license renewal and mail-in renewal.”

“After many years of issuing driver licenses, circuit court clerks will be able to focus solely on court business, and driver licensing will be executed at new regional offices whose only business is licensing,” the governor continued.

The circuit clerk’s office in Trigg County will cease licensing services and refer customers to the Driver Licensing Regional Offices as of Jan. 27.

Other counties making the transition this month include Breckinridge, Jefferson, Logan, Meade, Todd and Trimble counties. Officials said 87 counties will have made the transition by the end of January.

Driver Licensing Regional Offices will offer the following:

  • Online appointment scheduling. Walk-in customers are still welcome.
  • A choice between a REAL ID and a new standard card version. Both feature security upgrades and are available with a choice of four-year or eight-year expiration. (Eight years for all CDLs.)
  • Service at ANY regional office, regardless of customer’s county of residence.
  • Periodic “Pop-up Driver Licensing” visits to counties without a regional office to offer on-site application and renewal services.

License applicants receive a temporary identification document at the end of the transaction for use until the permanent card arrives by mail at their home address. This reduces the wait time for printing credentials during visits and improves security by eliminating in-office card production machinery.

Residents of counties making the transition may renew or apply for a REAL ID or new standard card version of driver license, learner permit, commercial driver license (CDL) or ID card at any of the cabinet’s Driver Licensing Regional Offices.

Applicants are encouraged to make an appointment online, which can be done at | Regional Offices Map. Walk-in customers are welcome on a first-come, first-serve basis until available slots are filled.

The cabinet’s regional offices are the only places where Kentucky residents can get a REAL ID, and they are currently operating in Bowling Green, Burlington, Catlettsburg, Columbia, Elizabethtown, Frankfort, Jackson, Lexington, Louisville/Bowman Field (appointment only), Louisville/Dixie Highway (appointment only), Louisville/Hurstbourne, Louisville/Nia Center, Madisonville, Manchester, Morehead, Owensboro, Paducah, Prestonsburg, Richmond and Somerset, with more offices planned.

Officials said Kentucky State Police will continue to administer all permit and license testing. Testing services are offered Monday through Friday by appointment. Applicants who require testing by KSP for a permit, driver license or CDL may make an appointment online by visiting

The state will continue to offer the option of a standard driver’s license, but a REAL ID or other form of federally approved identification, such as a passport or Department of Defense-issued military ID, eventually will be needed by people 18 and older for boarding commercial flights and accessing military bases and federal buildings that currently require identification. Enforcement is scheduled to begin May 3, 2023.

First-time application for a REAL ID must be made in person at a Driver Licensing Regional Office. Specific documentation is required. A list of acceptable documentation and a link to take an interactive quiz that populates a personalized list of documents is available at

Visit to see a map of regional office locations and counties that have transferred services to the cabinet KYTC. Visit to see a map of KSP driver testing locations.

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Court's District 6 attracts attention of candidates
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More than 30 candidates have to date filed to run for office in Trigg County in the upcoming May 17 primary races, with a little less than half seeking a seat on Trigg County Fiscal Court.

Filing deadline for candidates in partisan races has been extended by the Kentucky General Assembly, and those individuals now have until 4 p.m. Jan. 25 to file to run.

Deadline for non-partisan races is June 7.

Trigg County Clerk Carmen Finley said voters in the county may vote early on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before Election Day. Early voting will take place at the EOC.

On Election Day, voters will have a choice of five or six polling sites and can vote wherever they want to do so, Finley said.

“That’s our plan right now,” she noted. “We want to make it easy for people to vote, and we want to encourage people to vote early.”

Finley said she thinks early voting worked well for people in the last election, and she wants to encourage them to take advantage of it this time if they are able to do so.

“Early voting keeps lines down,” the clerk observed. “It’s giving them choices. I think it will make it easier for everybody.”

Of candidates filing to run in the local community, the fiscal court’s District 6 has attracted quite a bit of interest, with seven candidates, all but one of them Republicans, seeking the seat now held by outgoing Magistrate Larry Lawrence.

The District 6 candidates include Republicans Michael Todd Anderson, Patrick Bush, Billy Hop Calhoun, Will Ezell, Lucas Hale and Dennis Richard Whitten as well as Jan Culwell, the lone Democrat seeking to represent the district on fiscal court.

Lawrence is not seeking another term.

Additionally, two other incumbents on the fiscal court have opposition for their seats.

In District 1, incumbent Democrat Mike Wright is being opposed by Republican John Oliver. In District 5, incumbent Alana Baker Dunn is being opposed by Kenneth Wayne Cherry.

Both Dunn and Cherry are Republicans.

Four incumbents are unopposed, Republican Barry H. Littlejohn in District 2; Cameron Sumner, a Republican, in District 3; Democrat Jeff Broadbent in District 4; and Mike Lane, also a Republican, in the court’s District 7.

At the helm of fiscal court, current Trigg County Judge-Executive Hollis Alexander has said he won’t seek another term in office, and a former judge-executive, Stan Humphries, is campaigning to serve again in that capacity.

Humphries, a Republican who also served eight years representing District 1 in the state Senate, left the Senate in January 2021. He filed on Nov. 9 to run for judge-executive.

In other races, Trigg County Sheriff Aaron Acree is seeking the sheriff’s office again. A Republican, he filed to run on Nov. 19.

Randall Braboy, also a Republican, filed on Dec. 8 to seek another term as county attorney, and Democrat Finley is campaigning to serve another term as county clerk.

Stephen Washer, a Democrat who was sworn in as Trigg County circuit clerk last October upon the retirement of Pam Perry, filed on Nov. 3 to seek the circuit clerk’s position again.

He will be opposed in the May primary by Lisa Fuller-Thomas, who is a Republican.

In the non-partisan city races, Cadiz Mayor Todd King filed to serve another term as mayor, while incumbents Susie Hendricks, Frankie Phillips and Brenda Price and newcomer Tim Bridges have all filed to run for seats on the Cadiz City Council.

Additionally, Jamus Redd, a Republican and currently a district judge for the 56th District Court that serves Caldwell, Livingston, Lyon and Trigg counties, has filed to campaign for circuit court judge in the 56th District.

Remaining candidates who have filed to run in the May primary include Republican Randle G. Cruse, for county surveyor; Democrat James E. Hughes, for jailer; and Democrat John Mark Vinson, running for coroner.

Lauren Fowler, a Republican, is being opposed by Republican James A. Kyler, in the campaign for property valuation administrator.

Ray Wyatt, a Republican, has filed to run for constable in District 2, and Republican John Oliphant is running for constable in District 3.

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