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Government

  • Districts to implement new lunch guidelines

    School cafeterias throughout the state will have to follow new nutritional guidelines this school year.

    While some say the change provides healthier eating choices for students, others say students don’t want the healthier options and, as a result, too much food is being wasted.

    Locally, school officials said the changes would be beneficial in the long run, but will have to wait until the school year begins to see if students open up to the new changes.

  • Clark may demolish Old Stable addition

    Christy Clark, owner of Mammy’s Kitchen, may demolish a patio addition at the front of the Old Stable at 116 W. Stephen Foster Ave., which she has purchased to be the new location of her restaurant.

    The City Council on July 22 accepted the Bardstown Historical Review Board’s latest certificates of appropriateness. Three of the six applications were from Clark and The Old Stable Inc.

    The removal of the 390-square-foot addition was approved on the condition that a site plan and materials be approved before the demolition begins.

  • City approves $96,000 for cable sweep, adding SEC Network to cable lineup

    City of Bardstown Cable TV will again hire Jason L. Compton of Dickson, Tenn., to do its cable television services sweep.

    At its July 22 meeting, the City Council approved the only bid it received for the service, which was from Dickson for $96,000.

    Dickson has done the job for years.

    Larry Hamilton, city engineer and superintendent of public works, said the sweep is a routine testing of the “electronic gear” and sound levels to certify that the system is operating within the ranges for which it was designed.

  • Garbage settlement affects 298 residential customers in annexed areas

    Residential garbage customers in the Bardstown city limits who are served by the county government’ sanitation service will continue to pay slightly more than other city customers whose garbage is collected by city employees.

    On Thursday, the day it was supposed to have gone to trial, the Nelson County Fiscal Court and the Bardstown City Council settled a nine-year old dispute involving garbage collection in neighborhoods annexed into the city since 2005.

  • Talkin’ trash: City, county settle garbage lawsuit

    The day before it was scheduled to go to trial, city and county officials reached a settlement in a nine-year-old dispute over garbage collection.

    Following a closed-door meeting Tuesday night, members of the Bardstown City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement to allow county sanitation workers to continue collecting trash for residents they were serving before their neighborhoods were annexed by the city in 2005. In a special called meeting Thursday morning, the Nelson County Fiscal Court also approved the settlement.

  • Judge-Exec challenger slams Watts for coroner’s lesser fine

    The same day the Nelson County Fiscal Court voted 4-1 to punish County Coroner Rayfield Houghlin for violating the county’s ethics ordinance, Peter Trzop criticized County Judge-Executive Dean Watts for not going further.

  • Coroner fined $1,000 for violating nepotism law

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court has upheld the $1,000 civil penalty the Joint Board of Ethics recommended for Coroner Rayfield Houghlin for violating the county’s ethics ordinance by hiring his daughter, Rebecca, as his deputy.

    The vote was 4-1, with Magistrate Jeff Lear voting no because he thought the court should have accepted the entire recommendation of the Ethics Board.

  • Bloomfield looking to curb produce sales outside city farmers market

    The Bloomfield City Council is looking to ban the sale of produce in Bloomfield anywhere except the farmers market.

    The first reading of an ordinance prohibiting the sale of locally grown produce outside of the Bloomfield farmers market was read during a special-called meeting of the Bloomfield City Council Monday night.

    Mayor Rhonda Hagan said the ordinance is aimed to protect the farmers market, which opened in May.

  • Sign law under fire

    The day after the Bardstown City Council sided with a businesswoman accused of violating its sign ordinance, Rosemary Humkey displayed the sign on top of her car in front of her barber shop.

    She had not gotten a permit for the sign, as City Attorney Bruce Reynolds had advised her to do after the council decided 4-2 that she hadn’t broken the law because the wording was too ambiguous.

  • Opinions differ on bike lanes

    On his black-and-pink bicycle with whitewall tires, Dzevad Kreso is a familiar sight in Bardstown. He uses the bike for work, to shop and to make deliveries for his two downtown restaurants.

    It’s how he gets around.

    “I ride a bike every day … probably 10 or 15 miles,” he said. “Sometimes it’s quicker. It takes less time than driving.”