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Discovery continues in a lawsuit regarding potential zoning misconduct case involving McCracken County's Judge Executive and his deputy. 

The case's first pre-trial conference took place this morning. 

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A pretrial conference is set in the zoning misconduct case involving the McCracken County Judge Executive and his Deputy.  

The attorney for Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice says the defense will meet with the prosecution before the judge on March 21 to determine the proceedings for the trial.  

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A new judge has been appointed to a zoning case against McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry and Deputy Judge-Executive Doug Harnice.

Newberry’s attorney Will Kautz said Marshall County Chief Circuit Judge Dennis Foust will hear the case after McCracken County Judges Craig Clymer and Tim Kaltenbach recused themselves.

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McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry is running for a third term, and will do so as an independent.

Newberry was a Democrat and says he has considered the party switch since 2010. He says county level officials should be nonpartisan. Newberry's party switch, at present, allows him to avoid a primary race against Democrat Jeff Hines.

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McCracken County Emergency Management Director Paul Carter has resigned from his post three months after a road-side argument allegedly turned physical. 

McCracken County Judge-Executive Van Newberry and Paducah Mayor Gayle Kaler were part of the McCracken County Chamber of Commerce delegation that met today with US Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz in Washington, D.C.

The group discussed a long-term solution for private sector development and accelerating cleanup activities at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant site.

PACRO Takes No Action Due to Violating Open Meetings Law

Aug 29, 2013
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Meeting legality and procedure led discussion Thursday at a special called Paducah Area Community Reuse Organization (PACRO) board meeting, instead of deciding who will next run the organization.

The organization's uncertain administration situation remains as a round of United States Enrichment Corporation (USEC) layoffs approaches in October. PACRO's charge is to mitigate the effects of more than 1,000 layoffs at the federally owned plant.   

Newberry Faces Zoning Allegations

May 16, 2013
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McCracken County Judge Executive Van Newberry is under fire for allegedly altering zoning maps without going through the proper legal channels.

Deputy Judge Executive Doug Harnice said the map changes, which occurred sometime between 2007 and 2008, are the result of minor computer errors, but Paducah attorney Burton Washburn says he thinks differently.

McCracken County residents may have to pay closer attention to their pets in the future.

County Judge-Executive Van Newberry suggested amendments to a current animal control ordinance that would more closely define the term “at large excessively.”

Newberry suggested the Court apply the label to dogs that create nuisances outside their owners’ properties two times within 90 days. These roaming animals, he said must be seen by animal control officers or caught on videotape. If officers pick up such dogs, Newberry suggested the owners pay fines to retrieve their animals.

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The McCracken County Fiscal Court chose Monday to not to increase the gross salary budget for the county clerk’s office. The office originally asked for more than $920,000 in salaries as a part of a $20 million budget.

Before ruling, the Court compared salaries in similar offices around the state. Judge-Executive Van Newberry concluded the employees in question received higher incomes than those in counties of comparable size.

County Deputy Clerk Lyne Dickey did her own research, comparing revenues to clerk salaries in 97 counties across the state. She says McCracken’s clerks made fair incomes, given their levels of experience. 

The court ultimately voted to keep the department’s salary budget at more than $870,000, a decision Newberry supports.

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