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Government

  • Magistrate questions saving historic house

    County Magistrate Keith Metcalfe has questioned whether an old house on the Wickland property is worth the cost of restoring after arsonists burned it last summer.

    The two-story brick house, built in the 1820s, sits beside Wickland, home of three 19th century governors who were from the same family. The county bought the Wickland property from heirs of the family about 20 years ago for $2 million.

    During Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting, County Engineer John Greenwell suggested hiring a professional service company to give an estimate on the work.

  • Lear offers law on renaming roads

    Magistrate Jeff Lear offered the Nelson County Fiscal Court a proposed ordinance Tuesday to allow residents’ input on naming county roads.

    Lear said it would not apply to old sections of Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) that were renamed after the widening and realignment of the highway this summer.

  • Lear offers law on renaming roads

    Magistrate Jeff Lear offered the Nelson County Fiscal Court a proposed ordinance Tuesday to allow residents’ input on naming county roads.

    Lear said it would not apply to old sections of Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) that were renamed after the widening and realignment of the highway this summer.

  • Downs files to run for sheriff again

    Kenny Downs can’t remember how many times he has run for sheriff, but he’s going again.

    “I think this makes four or five times, I’m not sure,” he said in an interview Tuesday with PLG TV-13 and The Kentucky Standard. “I don’t remember how many, but that should tell the public how much I want this job.”

  • Cox’s Creek resident wants Watts removed for misconduct

    A Cox’s Creek resident who has tried unsuccessfully to get County Judge-Executive Dean Watts to reverse his decision to rename sections of the old Louisville Road is taking the judge to court in an attempt to have him removed from office for malfeasance.

    On Wednesday, Donald Thrasher, a law school dropout and former entrepreneur who lives on Ky. 523, filed a petition for writs of mandamus, which are court orders directing a public official to fulfill his official duties or correct an abuse of discretion.

  • Guthrie files for re-election to represent state in Congress

    Congressman Brett Guthrie filed for re-election Monday to represent Kentucky’s 2nd Congressional District for a sixth term.

  • County Fiscal Court briefs from Nov. 21

    Court advances sheriff $400,000

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court at its meeting last Tuesday approved advancing the Sheriff’s Office $400,000 for the 2018 fiscal year which begins July 1. The office is mostly funded by fees on tax collection and other services, which are collected late in the year, when the county government is reimbursed.

    Paving finished

  • Hite seeks second term as county attorney

    Nelson County Attorney Matthew Hite is seeking a second full term.

    He filed Nov. 13 for the May 22 Democratic primary.

    The general election is next November.

    Hite was an assistant to former County Attorney John Kelley when Kelley retired in November 2012 because his son, Jack Kelley, was a candidate for district judge. Judge Kelley was also an assistant county attorney at the time.

    Hite ran unopposed in the 2014 election and is so far unopposed for this one.

    The filing deadline is Jan. 30.

  • Oldham’s new jail mentioned in discussion about crowding

    Oldham County’s $21 million new jail, expected to open soon, may or may not be the right model for solving Nelson County’s jail overcrowding problem.

    On Tuesday, Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg was giving her report to the Fiscal Court, which showed that the total number of inmates that day, Nov. 21, was 158.

    The jail is only authorized for 102 prisoners, but on Tuesday there was an in-house total of 140. Others were being held in other jails, were in home incarceration, serving time only on weekends or in and out on community work release.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs

    New Haven residents can expect to see major improvement at two popular community gathering locations in the new year.
    Commissioner Jane Masse, who chairs the Community Development Committee, said her group is finalizing plans for the purchase and installation of playground equipment and other amenities at Simms Park during Thursday’s New Haven City Commission meeting.