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Madison County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor made a splash in his first State of the County Address of his second term. Taylor announced Friday that the Administrative Office of the Courts has approved the county's renderings for a $10 million renovation to the Madison County Courthouse beginning in 2020.

Last year, the Madison County Fiscal Court approved a $400,000 contract with CMW Architects to work on designs and layouts for the expansion of the Madison County Detention Center. Tuesday morning, they approved amending that contract to include an additional $13,000 which would include different design options for expansion.

After 25 years as the administrative assistant for the Madison County Judge/Executive’s office, Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor and the fiscal court presented a certificate of retirement to Francette Durbin, a lifelong Richmond native.

Madison County Judge/Executive Reagan Taylor along with the fiscal court approved a proclamation of the acknowledgement of Arbor Day in Madison County on April 5.

As Christmas grows near, all around Madison County the halls are being decked with boughs of holly and Christmas lights are being strung, especially in the heart of Richmond at the courthouse.

Newly re-elected sheriff Mike Coyle appealed to the Madison County Fiscal Court Tuesday morning regarding his department's need for cruisers. The sheriff requested two cruisers to replace two that had broken motors, as well as four to replenish his aging fleet and, hopefully, stave off future emergency replacement requests.

Representing the Friends of Boone Trace, Dr. John Fox presented the Madison County Fiscal Court with a map and master plan for the trail originally blazed in 1775 and now being restored.

Originally schedule for 2014, the reconstruction of Exit 95 on Interstate 75 is expected to begin in 2019.

For years now, Kentucky counties and other municipalities, as well as various area environmental groups, have spoken up against an effort by energy infrastructure company Kinder Morgan to repurpose a natural gas pipeline to transport liquid gas. This week, Kinder Morgan announced it has officially dropped this plan.