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Bardstown officer involved in wreck
A Bardstown police officer was involved in a minor injury accident Wednesday night. Officer Glen Wheatley was responding to a call to assist another officer around 8 p.m. when he was involved in an accident near the entrance to Wal-Mart at North Third Street.
Bardstown Police Chief Charles Marksbury and investigating officer Nelson County Sheriff’s Accident Reconstructionist K.C. Holbert said Wheatley had his lights on when he tried to turn north on North Third Street.
The southbound car driven by Mamie R. Blankenship, 55, Bardstown struck Wheatley’s vehicle in the left front fender. Blankenships’s vehicle was going about 30-35 mph at the time of the collision.
In Holbert’s investigation, he does not determine who is at fault. That is handled by the insurance companies, he said.
Wheatley remains on duty with the city police and at this time is not facing any potential administrative consequences related to the wreck.
Historic mansion to go up for auction after 25 years
The Mansion, birthplace of Ben Johnson, arguably one of Kentucky’s most successful legislators — and its contents — will be up for auction.
Since being built in 1851, the house on U.S. 31E across from Wal-mart, has had six owners, and five sets of residents.
It has eight bedrooms and bathrooms and was used as a bed-and-breakfast for a period of time, current owner, Dennis Downs said.
“This is a very historic home,” he said.
The Downses have lived in the Mansion for almost 25 years. The reason for the sale is simply for need for a change of scenery, Downs said.
There will not be any restrictions on what can be done to the property when the new owner takes over the building, Downs said. It is zoned BI TUD and can be used as a professional office among other things, he said.
Flu epidemic hits hard
Every year the influenza outbreak is considered an epidemic. This year’s epidemic is well on its way to reaching pandemic proportions.
According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 13 states have declared a flu epidemic.
Kentucky isn’t on the list, but Dr. Stan Block, a physician at Physicians to Children and Adolescents in Bardstown, and co-editor for the Nation Campaign for Influenza Prevention, said Central Kentucky is definitely experiencing a flu epidemic,” he said.
“It’s just rampant,” he said.
This year’s flu season is the worst in 30 years, Block said.
An the adolescent death rate fro the virus is the worst in several decades.
“We’re seeing more deaths in healthy kids and teenagers than ever before, that I can remember,” Block said.
Police charge culprits behind NCHS vandalism
The Nelson County Sheriff’s Department has filed charges against two male juveniles for vandalism at Nelson County High School this month.
The juveniles have been charged with first-degree criminal mischief and third degree burglary according to Sheriff’s deputy Jon Ryan.
One of the juveniles is a student at Nelson County High School. The other was a student, but currently not.
The police tracked down the juveniles — responsible for causing some $20,000 in property damage on the evening of Dec. 8 — due to tips from other students at the high school, Ryan said.