A letter to the Garrard County Fiscal Court from the Central Kentucky Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union has asked that the court stop using taypayers' money to gravel church driveways because non-religious people or those belonging to different churches might object. County officials expressed reluctance at discontinuing the goodwill gestures that have been practiced for years. The majority of the gravel has gone to the rural churches because most churches in the city have paved driveways. County Attorney Caywood Metcalf recommended the court stop the practice in order to avoid a possible lawsuit in federal court. "I feel assured that the vast majority of the people would like to see the practice continued. But as evidenced by this letter, there's evidently some who would also like to see it discontinued," Metcalf said.
The Lincoln County Jail has been renovated and upgraded to meet state regulations and now provides cells for state inmates as well as women and juveniles who are charged locally. The capacity of the jail was increased from 44 to 68 beds. The newly added section to house state inmates was formerly used as living quarters for the jailer. Also, the older portion of the jail - used for county prisoners - which was a dull gray color, has been painted an off-white, and the plumbing and lighting has been upgraded to meet state standards.