• Mayor names new fire chief

    The fire chief of Palm Beach Shores, Fla., will become Bardstown’s new fire chief sometime after the first of the new year.

    Chief Randy Walker grew up in Appalachia and is eager to return to his old Kentucky home.

    Walker started as a volunteer firefighter in 1979, and has since been a career firefighter, fire marshal, fire officer and fire chief for local and state governments, according to Palm Beach Shores’ website.

    He has lived and worked in Tennessee and Georgia, as well as Kentucky and Florida.

  • County judge concerned about 911 fees as landlines become less common

    How will Nelson County fund its emergency 911 service when almost no one has a telephone landline?

    That’s an issue on County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ mind, especially now that the Kentucky Supreme Court has upheld a decision by the Campbell County Fiscal Court to charge its residents an annual fee on their county tax bills.

    Watts is not advocating Campbell County’s approach. But with the number of landlines falling fast, he thinks communities are going to have to find some other way.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Nov. 9

    The Bloomfield City Council met for about 30 minutes Monday evening. During the monthly meeting, council members discussed the following:

    EMS Station status

  • Royalty dismisses Historical Review Board members

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has removed two members of the Historic Review Board, and Councilman Fred Hagan isn’t happy about it.

    At a meeting of the City Council on Tuesday, Hagan questioned Royalty about dismissing Chairman Don Parrish and Beth Hawkins from the board without consulting council members.

    “I understand the mayor has the authority to do that, but I feel like we’ve been left out,” he said. “I just found out these people got fired.”

  • Mayor Royalty explains dismissal of fire chief

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty told reporters Friday didn’t want to lose Marlin Howard as the city’s fire chief, but he felt he had no choice but to terminate him after Howard refused go along with what he wanted.

    Days before, he said, the two had gone for a walk and discussed the situation.

    “I practically begged him to reconsider,” Royalty said.

  • City approves changes to house in Bardstown’s Historic District

    Owners of a stately old house in the heart of Bardstown’s Historic Preservation District will be allowed to redevelop the property, although some city officials say what they want to do violates rules intended to keep the character of the neighborhood intact.

  • Bevin wins Nelson by razor-thin margin

    Twenty-two votes.

    That’s all that separated Republican Matt Bevin from Democrat Jack Conway in the governor’s race in Nelson County.

    Across the state, Bevin trounced Conway with 53 percent of the vote, compared to 44 percent for Conway and 4 percent for independent Drew Curtis. But in Nelson County, the margin was razor thin: 4,902 to 4,880, with each major party candidate getting just over 48 percent of the vote. Curtis got 356 locally.

  • Howard out as Bardstown fire chief

    Marlin Howard is no longer Bardstown’s fire chief.

    In a statement released Wednesday afternoon, Assistant City Manager Larry Green said that Mayor John Royalty had “reluctantly asked” for Howard’s resignation after the two had disagreements concerning the department.

    “This morning, after not receiving a letter of resignation, Mayor Royalty terminated the employment of Chief Howard, effective immediately,” according to the statement.

  • PHOTOS: Nelson Countians show up to vote

    Kendall Roller, a Thomas Nelson High School student, volunteers as a poll worker for the Optimists Youth Vote. On Tuesday, he assisted Prince Copeland, 7, at the voting booth. And one voter holds the door open for another at Bardstown Primary School Tuesday.

  • Fire chief has until Wednesday to make decision

    Chief Marlin Howard must decide Nov. 4 whether he wants to remain as head of the City of Bardstown Fire Department.

    Mayor John Royalty said Tuesday he had given Howard until Wednesday to decide his future as a city employee after Howard last week tendered a letter to the mayor asking that his status be changed from that of chief to firefighter.

    Howard has been chief of the department since 2012.

    “It will be his decision, and his decision will be life-altering, I’ll tell you that,” Royalty said in a phone conversation with PLG TV-13.