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Government

  • Alexander resigns from chaplain service amid Houghlin controversy

    Citing improprieties by unnamed county officials, Nelson County Sheriff’s Office Chaplain Doug Alexander tendered his resignation late Friday afternoon.

    Alexander announced his resignation in two letters, one addressed to Sheriff Stephen Campbell and another to the Nelson County Chaplain’s Response Team, which were also sent by email to The Kentucky Standard.

  • Trzop alleges public abuse

    Peter Trzop, the Republican candidate for judge-executive, issued a press release Thursday night claiming he has contacted the Kentucky State Police and other state and federal agencies regarding “corruption in Nelson County government.”

    The press release does not mention a complaint about any county official in particular or any specific allegations.

    However, he states: “I encourage others to submit their complaints to outside agencies so that we can root out abuse, cronyism and criminal actions in the Nelson County government.”

  • Roland ‘Coach Roe’ Williams named Optimist governor for 2014 term

    Bardstown City Councilman Roland Williams, a former president of the Bardstown Optimist Club, has been elected the Optimist International governor for Kentucky and West Virginia.

    Williams was sworn in as governor-designate on Aug. 23 in Charleston, W. Va., and will officially begin his one-year term Oct. 1.

    “I’m very excited about assuming the position of governor for our district,” Williams said. “I think it’s a great opportunity for our team to give back to our respective communities and to the Optimist organization.”

  • City gets grant to buy 16 acres of woodland for green space

    The Bardstown City Council’s quest to have a nature trail from town to the Beech Fork River moved a step closer to reality last week.

    At the Aug. 26 meeting, City Administrator Larry Green announced that the city has been awarded a grant of $86,500 from the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund to purchase 16 acres of wetlands and wooded hills in the area known as Tannery Hill.

  • Grimes speaks at Bardstown Rotary Club and Chamber luncheon

    The Bardstown Rotary Club and Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce hosted a luncheon with guest speaker Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Wednesday, Aug. 13 at Old Kentucky Home Country Club. Pictured left to right with Secretary Grimes are Rotarians Mechelle Foster, Tracina Jones, Pat Douglas, Jeff Dickerson, Shelly Kamei and Dr. Jason Ford.

  • >> COUCH AND FLOYD TALK MILITARY AFFAIRS

    Rep. Tim Couch, R-Hyden, left, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown, talk before the start of the Interim Joint Committee on Veterans, Military Affairs and Public Protection’s August meeting in Frankfort.

  • Guthrie: U.S. must halt ISIS threat

    Military reductions and the threat of the Islamic State are closely related problems Congress must deal with when it reconvenes in September, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., told an audience at a town hall-style forum Wednesday night at the Civic Center in Bardstown.

    Guthrie said that in hindsight, he thinks the United States should have supported the Syrian Free Army prior to the rise of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) as the most moderate element resisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s assault on Arab Spring protesters last year.

  • New Haven mayor dies

    New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson died Thursday after an illness following surgery.

    City Clerk Linda Mattingly said he passed away around noon at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    He was in his fourth year as mayor after having served two terms on the New Haven Board of Commissioners.

    He had also been the city’s police chief for 17 years.

    “He did a great job as mayor,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be sadly missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

  • Clerk asked to certify Hutchins’ petition

    A lawyer has asked the Nelson County Clerk’s Office to certify that the 120 signatures on a petition for Tim Hutchins to be an independent candidate for county judge-executive are valid.

    Hutchins suggests it’s an attempt by his Republican opponent, Peter Trzop, to try to get him out of the race. Trzop denies it. So does the Democratic incumbent, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts.

  • Bardstown Cemetery panel still seeking site for columbarium

    It’s back to the drawing board for deciding on a site for the columbarium at the Bardstown Cemetery.

    At the Cemetery Committee’s meeting last week, City Clerk Barbie Bryant, the sexton, suggested that the foundation of the hexagonal storage building on the cemetery property be used as the foundation for the columbarium — a resting place for cremated remains. But Evelyn Oakley, a board member, expressed a strong preference for preserving the building, and the proposal was dropped.