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Government

  • Spirits to be allowed on Bourbon Festival grounds

    For the first time, guests of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival will be able to imbibe while visiting the merchants’ booths, listening to live music or enjoying barbecue.

    At its meeting Tuesday, the Bardstown City Council approved a request by the festival committee that drinking be allowed anywhere on the festival grounds surrounding Spalding Hall.

  • Coup or honest mistake?

    Hard feelings, resignations and accusations are the fallout from the first contested election in a decade for chairman of the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department.

    And three months since the disputed vote, both of the candidates have since resigned.

    Those closest to the controversial election say the true results will probably never be proven.

    On Jan. 19, the board of trustees of the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department held an election, and Derrick Laswell was named winner by one vote over the incumbent, Neal Pyle.

  • Dems tout compassion, unity as primary nears

    Cooperation and unity were the message on Democrats’ lips Friday night at the annual Jefferson-Jackson Day Dinner, where Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer served as the keynote speaker.

    Fischer said given the gridlock at the federal and state levels, people turn to their local elected representatives to enact policies that impact their daily lives.

    “It’s at the city level that people understand, that’s where we get things done,” he said, following up by including county officials in that assessment.

  • Republicans make populist pitch at Lincoln Dinner

    Traditionally, it’s been the Democrats in Kentucky who have a wide-open primary battle for governor and the Republicans who line up behind an all-but-certain nominee of their party. This year it’s the reverse.

    Attorney General Jack Conway has no serious opposition to be the Democrats’ standard bearer, but on the Republican side, there’s a robust struggle.

  • PHOTO: Lincoln Dinner

    Louisville businessman Matt Bevin, one of two candidates for governor who attended the Nelson County Republicans Lincoln Dinner Friday night at American Legion Post 167, talked about the need to change reduce the tax burden on businesses to make Kentucky more attractive to investment. Read more about the dinner and candidates who spoke in Wednesday’s print edition of The Kentucky Standard.

  • PHOTO: Jefferson Jackson Day dinner

    Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer speaks at the Nelson County Democratic Party’s Jefferson-Jackson Day dinner Friday night. Read more about the dinner and candidates who spoke in Wednesday’s print edition of The Kentucky Standard.

  • Royalty discusses fire service merger

    Mayor John Royalty told the Bardstown-Nelson County Volunteer Fire Department Tuesday it must pay half of the cost of a $40,000 study on the feasibility of merging the nonprofit corporation with the city-owned Bardstown Fire Department.

    He made the demand at a meeting with the board during which he also demanded renegotiation of the contract between the city and corporation.

  • New Haven Scouts visit Frankfort

     On Feb. 26 a few members of the New Haven Cub Scout Pack 996 and Boy Scout Troop 996 visited the state Capitol to serve as pages under Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon. They are pictured from left to right: Mike Ellard, son of Bert and Billie Ellard, of New Hope; James Michael Courtney, son of James and Renee Courney, of Bardstown; the senator; Marcus Clark, son of Stacey and Danna Clark, of New Haven; and Cody Clark, son of Russ and Jessica Clark, of New Haven.

  • Candidates for governor to attend local Lincoln dinner

    Three of Kentucky’s Republican candidates for governor — Matt Bevin, James Comer and Will T. Scott, as well as the fourth candidate’s running mate, K.C. Crosbie — will be in Bardstown Friday night for the annual Nelson County GOP Lincoln Dinner.

    County Chairman Robert Augustine said Monday that candidate Hal Heiner, the frontrunner in a recent Bluegrass State Poll, was invited but had a prior commitment in Western Kentucky.

    Other candidates for statewide office are coming as well.

  • Committee chair: Whiskey barns off the table

    City Councilman Fred Hagan said Monday it is “clearly not feasible” to annex Heaven Hill’s warehouses, and if the city cannot annex those, it wouldn’t make any sense to annex Barton’s warehouses either.