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Government

  • Deadline is Oct. 28 for absentee ballots

    Anyone who intends to vote by printed absentee ballot must apply for a ballot by Tuesday so the Nelson County Clerk’s Office will get it back by Election Day.

    County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau made the reminder at this week’s Fiscal Court’s meeting.

    By state law, the application must be made by the close of business at the clerk’s office seven days before the date of the election, Nov. 4.

    “If we don’t have them, we can’t mail them,” Filiatreau said.

  • Magistrate candidates differ on industry deal, ethics rules

    From firearms regulation to farmland preservation, the candidates for 1st District magistrate agreed on more matters than they differed on during a live televised debate on PLG-TV Wednesday.

    Keith Metcalfe, the Democratic incumbent, and David Reed, his Republican challenger, met for a half hour at the cable television studio in what was one of the more congenial debates of the general election.

  • PVA candidates debate outreach, assessments

    For the first time in more than 50 years, Nelson County voters in a general election will have a choice of who will be their property valuation administrator, Republican candidate Donna Molyneaux told cable television viewers during a live debate Wednesday on PLG-TV.

  • State rep candidates tackle right to work, right to life

    The candidates vying to represent Nelson County in Frankfort offered stark contrasts in their views during a live televised debate in the PLG-TV studio Thursday.

    Republican State Rep. David Floyd defended himself and his business against recent campaign ads and touted his anti-abortion views against Democratic challenger Audrey Haydon, who pledged to advocate for raising the minimum wage and increase funding for education in Kentucky.

  • District 3 candidates debate job growth, indoor pool, weapons ordinance

    Throughout a televised debate Tuesday night, Republican Jeff Cassel and Democrat Bernard Ice agreed on most issues, including the need to attract more jobs to the county.

    Both running for 3rd District 3 magistrate, the Bellwood Road neighbors squared off during a live, half-hour debate, which was moderated by PLG-TV 13 and The Kentucky Standard. The debate will be re-aired on PLG-TV on Bardstown Cable Channel 13 Saturday and Sunday at 1 p.m., and will be made available online before the Nov. 4 election.

  • District 4 candidates debate county needs

    Keeping an open mind, gathering all information necessary and not basing any decisions off emotions is how both candidates running for 4th District magistrate said they would operate if elected.

    Republican incumbent Jeff Lear and challenger Democrat David Shields discussed their philosophies, as well as debated several topics during a live, half-hour televised debate Tuesday night hosted by PLG-TV 13 and The Kentucky Standard.

  • Haydon goes after Floyd on nursing home votes

    Audrey Haydon, Democratic candidate for the state House in the 50th District, has accused Rep. David Floyd of putting profits over protecting senior citizens based on his votes against proposed bills that would regulate the hiring of nursing home employees.

    Floyd, the Republican incumbent, is the owner of Windsor Gardens, a retirement home that ranges from independent living to nursing care and was its operator when it was only an assisted living facility. He said the bills he opposed were unnecessary and an expansion of government.

  • New Bardstown Police officer sworn in

    The newest officer for the Bardstown Police Department, James Eric Williamson, was administered the oath of office by Mayor Bill Sheckles at the City Council meeting Tuesday night.

    Williamson, 26, who lives in Hodgenville with his wife, Melissa, and their baby daughter, Ava, is a LaRue County native with four years of experience in law enforcement. He was a deputy for the LaRue County Sheriff’s Office when he was hired as a patrolman for the Bardstown.

    The department is now fully staffed with 27 sworn officers.

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  • Hutchins releases campaign platform

    Tim Hutchins, the independent candidate for Nelson County judge-executive on the Nov. 4 ballot, is the first to release to the media a detailed campaign platform.

    Working with Heartland Communications Consultants Inc. in Elizabethtown, Hutchins has come up with a statement called “Tim’s Vision,” which he emailed to The Kentucky Standard on Sept. 24. It provides an outline of his positions broken down into categories based on what he calls three “key strategies” — efficient government, economic development and quality of life.

  • Officials: Federal funds will help in local drug fight

    Flanked by local and state law enforcement officers Friday, U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said despite the nation’s persistent drug problem, giving up is not an option.

    “We need to continue this fight and not expect perfection, but to make progress and to save lives,” McConnell said.

    McConnell was joined by Frank Napier, Executive director of the Appalachia High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area, in formally announcing Nelson County’s inclusion in the federal program.