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Government

  • Riggs hopes to become council’s mediator

    Pastor Freddy Riggs of Faith Worship Center is seeking a seat on the Bardstown City Council to provide a different perspective, and to help bring people together.

    “Being a minister, I think I offer a unique position,” he said. “Most of the time, I have to deal with both sides of a situation and stay neutral in the middle, and then be able to bring the two together and bring healing … and a solution. And I think I’m good at that.”

  • Erickson says council, public needs outside perspective and more answers

    David Erickson has lived in Bardstown for about a year, but he is setting his sights on making a difference in his new hometown by running for Bardstown City Council. 

    Erickson, 55, filed to run for a council seat on May 19 and is one of 14 candidates who have filed so far for the six positions up for grabs in November. 

  • Local woman delegate to DNC in Philadelphia

    When Democrats gather in Philadelphia next month  to choose their party’s nominee for president, a Nelson County woman will be among those doing the choosing.

    Betty Pendergrass of Bardstown will attend the convention July 25-28 as a Bernie Sanders delegate. The slate was elected at the state party convention in Louisville June 3-4.

    She is the only one from Nelson County.

  • County Road Aid down $200,000

    Nelson County will be getting hundreds of thousands of dollars less for rural county and state roads than it has in years past.

    In April, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts announced that state funding for the Rural Secondary program is down about $400,000 from last year. On Tuesday, the other shoe dropped. Watts said the $1.3 million the county will get from the state’s County Road Aid program is also down, by more than $200,000.

  • Elder Justice Task Force comes to Kentucky

    United States Attorney John E. Kuhn, Jr. announced the creation of an Elder Justice Task Force in Kentucky to bring together key federal, state and local stakeholders to coordinate and enhance efforts to pursue nursing homes and caregivers who provide grossly substandard care to their residents.

  • Bardstown councilmen want to lower raises for city employees

    The first reading of Bardstown’s city budget was delayed Tuesday night when City Council members changed their minds about pay raises for city employees.

    In Mayor John Royalty’s budget proposal, those earning $20 an hour or more were to get 3 percent increases, and those under that amount were to get 4 percent.

    Councilman Bobby Simpson didn’t like the idea, because those with higher salaries would benefit more from a percentage increase than those at the lower end.

  • Tourism spends heavily on digital media

    The Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission plans to spend $195,000 on digital media in the year ahead — more than double what it spent in the year past.
    County officials questioned Dawn Przystal, the tourism commission executive director, about the expenditure before voting unanimously to approve the commission’s budget Tuesday.
    “A $110,000 increase is a pretty significant increase,” County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said when he asked Przystal for an explanation.

  • Hall graduates with doctorate from Manchester University

    Kristopher Guy Hall, of New Haven, graduated from Manchester University on May 14 with a doctor of pharmacy degree. Manchester conferred degrees to 272 students, including its first doctor of pharmacy degrees.

  • BARDSTOWN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: Francis Lydian files for 15th term

    Bardstown’s longest-serving city councilman wants to serve two more years.

    Councilman Francis Lydian has filed for a 15th term on the City Council.

    When he ran in 2014, he said it would be his last time. But Lydian believes he still has something to contribute.

    Lydian, 80, said he receives calls every day from people thanking him for his service to the city and urging him to continue on as a councilman.

    “Every year I say I’m going to hang it up. Then people motivate me,” he said.

  • BARDSTOWN CITY COUNCIL CANDIDATES: Heaton seeking fourth term on Council

    Before he was mayor in 2007-2010, J. Richard “Dick” Heaton served three full terms on the Bardstown City Council. This year he’s seeking a fourth term because he believes he has the experience to lead and help “steer the community in a more positive direction.”

    Heaton, 62, is a lifelong resident of Bardstown and a 1976 graduate of Centre College of Kentucky in Danville, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and management.