• Jones wants to change Kentucky politics game

    Talking about the University of Kentucky Wildcats is how Matt Jones makes a living, but, especially during the off-season, he also talks about everything else.

    While broadcasting his Kentucky Sports Radio talk show from the showroom of Conway-Heaton in Bardstown Friday, he segued from SEC football to the Clay County sheriff to the 2016 Olympics, the zika virus and presidential politics.

  • Young Republican

    Megan Limke is only 17 years old, but she’s already a novice politician.

    Last weekend in Lexington, Megan, the oldest of Jack and Genita Limke’s two teenage daughters, was a delegate to the Kentucky State Republican Convention, and had a hand in rewriting the state party’s platform.

    Nelson County GOP Chairman Robert Augustine and the state credentials committee think it’s likely she was the youngest delegate there.

  • Sheriff ‘furious’ with city mayor

    Do the math regarding the Kentucky State Police’s proposal to dispatch for Bardstown’s police and fire departments, Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly urged members of the Bardstown City Council at their meeting Tuesday night.

    KSP’s estimate of $157,200 a year for dispatching services after the initial start-up costs amounts to $17 an hour, which wouldn’t pay the salary of a single employee, he said.

  • How much would Bardstown pay county for dispatching?

    The Kentucky State Police has given Bardstown Mayor John Royalty a proposal to take over the city’s 911 dispatching for $157,200 a year.

    According to Larry Green, the assistant city administrator, that’s about $100,000 less than the $251,918 in the E-911 Dispatch Board’s budget for the city’s contribution to the joint city-county service for fiscal year 2017, which begins July 1 of this calendar year.

    In the current, 2016 fiscal year budget, however, the city’s contribution is $194,600.

  • Councilwoman calls for investigation

    Bardstown City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland has called for an investigation of possible misconduct by Mayor John Royalty in restructuring the Police Department and demoting two officers without consulting the chief of police.

    The suggestion came during a heated City Council meeting Tuesday night, when residents chastised the mayor, not only for his actions regarding the police force, but also for exploring an alternative to continuing participation with the county government in the current 911 dispatching program.

  • State police pricing dispatch services for Bardstown

    Someone in Bardstown’s city government is looking into what it would cost to have Kentucky State Police dispatch for its police and fire departments, but Mayor John Royalty says it isn’t him.

    Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts stated openly during a Fiscal Court discussion of 911 services last Tuesday that, “Kentucky State Police is actively giving the city of Bardstown a quote for dispatching, and we have confirmed that.”

  • Ethics law changes considered

    If some of the changes to Nelson County’s ethics code being considered had been in place two years ago when Coroner Field Houghlin’s opponent for re-election brought a complaint against him, there would have been no need for a hearing. In fact, what he admitted doing, hiring his daughter as his deputy, might not have been a violation at all.

    On Tuesday, Brad Metcalf, a lawyer and member of the Board of Ethics for Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County, came before the Nelson County Fiscal Court to talk about the need for revisions.

  • Watts proposes $21 million budget

    The bottom line for County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ budget is only a million dollars less than last year’s, but some departments will have considerably less than they asked for, and “it’s that way for a reason,” he said.

    At the Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday morning, Watts presented his $21.4 million spending plan to the county’s magistrates — something he’s required by law to do each year by May 1.

  • Nelson County considering creation of needle exchange

    Giving clean needles to heroin addicts might sound risky, but evidence shows the public health benefits of syringe exchange programs outweigh concerns about enabling their addiction.

    Sara Jo Best, public health director for the Lincoln Trail District Health Department, tried to convince county officials during a presentation to the Nelson County Fiscal Court Tuesday morning.

    Magistrate Keith Metcalfe was concerned that Nelson and nearby counties could become a magnet for intravenous drug users, but Sheriff Ed Mattingly was convinced it was worth trying.

  • Residents to rally Sunday against Royalty

    Residents of Bardstown are taking action after Mayor John Royalty’s restructuring of the city police department has sparked outrage from many.

    On Sunday, members of the community will come together at the Nelson County Justice Center to rally against the mayor.

    “We have a leader making impulsive decisions behind our community leaders’ backs,” said Casey Lowe, who is organizing the Sunday event.