• Mayor’s shared social media post sparks tension

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty acknowledged Friday he had a “learning curve” related to social media when he deleted a Facebook post from his personal page in which he expressed support for another poster’s comments that made some inflammatory accusations against a City Council member.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs

    Copperfield Phase 5

    At its meeting Tuesday, the Bardstown City Council approved a request for water and sewer service for Phase 5 of the Copperfield subdivision.

    City Civil Engineer Jessica Filiatreau said the request is for 49 additional homes in the neighborhood, and that the developers have met all requirements and presented their documents to the state Division of Water for approval.

  • Council gives city permission to buy Tannery Hill property to be used as nature park

    The people of Bardstown will soon become the owners of a new woodland park.

    At its meeting Tuesday, the City Council gave its consent for the city to purchase 16 acres of woods, creek and rock cliffs located between My Old Kentucky Home State Park and First Street. The land adjoins a residential development currently under way by its current owner, David Mattingly.

    Last summer, the Kentucky Heritage Land Conservation Fund awarded the city a grant of $86,500 to buy the property.

  • Mayor has preacher removed from council meeting

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty had a black preacher removed from a City Council meeting Tuesday night after he was unable to get the man to sit down and shut up.

    The minister had accused the mayor of making “racist statements.”

    Royalty’s action led to his disagreement with council members over what members of the audience could talk about during the public comment period.

  • Businessman questions utility tamper fees

    A Bardstown businessman is questioning “tamper fees” charged to him and other Bardstown utility customers and says the city has failed to adequately explain the charges.

    “I’ve come wanting my money back,” Jack Hurst told the City Council at its Tuesday meeting.

  • Elm Grove resident asks city to relocate sign, clear snow, pick up limbs

    Speaking on behalf of residents of South Elm Grove, Rosemary Baunach came before the City Council Tuesday with a handmade poster board map of her neighborhood and a list of requests.

    Baunach, who has lived since 1991 in the 200 block of South Elm, which dead ends, said the stop sign requires drivers to stop as they come out of that area onto the main street, yet she has had several near misses from people coming around the corner at Kurtz Avenue and the more heavily traveled part of South Elm.

    She suggested moving the sign to make drivers stop there instead.

  • Fiscal Court moves forward with plans to expand county landfill


    The Nelson County Fiscal Court this week resolved to move forward with a plan to expand the county landfill on Airport Road from 32 to almost 73 acres.

  • Governor declares state of emergency

    In response to heavy snowfall throughout Kentucky and extremely cold conditions, Gov. Steve Beshear declared a state of emergency just before 4 p.m. Monday.

    The statewide declaration allows local officials immediate access to state resources to assist in public safety and recovery efforts.

  • Smith Bros. against bill to prevent brewers from owning distributors

    The battle brewing between Anheuser-Busch InBev and microbreweries may be about to come to a head in the Kentucky General Assembly.

    Speaker of the House Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, has proposed a state law that would prohibit brewing companies from owning the businesses that distribute their products. House Bill 168 would force Anheuser-Busch to sell its two Kentucky distributorships, in Louisville and Owensboro, and impose a three-tier system similar to the one for spirits and wine, with producers, wholesalers and retailers being separate entities.

  • Bloomfield City Council news briefs

    Electric franchise approved

    The second reading of an ordinance establishing that the city of Bloomfield has an electric franchise for sale was approved during a City Council meeting Monday night.

    The city will soon advertise bids for the electric franchise.

    LG&E and KU is the most likely purchaser of the franchise, as representatives from the business attended Monday’s meeting and last month’s meeting.