• Absentee balloting begins Wednesday

    Those who will be gone from Nelson County on Election Day or won’t be able to get to the polls between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. that day can vote now.

    Starting today, voters who have a legitimate reason for voting by absentee ballot can walk into the Nelson County Clerk’s Office and vote on a machine or request a paper ballot that they can fill out and mail in by Nov. 8.

    Those with legitimate reasons for absentee voting include:

    • Those who will be away the day of the election.

  • City Council challengers say they bring fresh ideas

    Past and current Bardstown city officials have experience, but it’s often experience doing the same things again and again without thinking there might be a better way.

    That’s why eight of the 16 candidates for the Bardstown City Council who have never held elective office say they’re running; they believe change can be good.

  • Memorial will honor county’s World War II dead

    Nelson Countians who gave their lives in World War II will be honored with a granite memorial on the east side of Court Square listing the names of the 76 known to have served and died. And there will be space for more names if any are discovered.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has worked with Dr. Harry Spalding, former Bardstown mayor and local military historian, and American Legion Post 121 on the project.

    Except for a listing in The Kentucky Standard in 1946, Watts said there is no place he knows of in the county where those names are listed.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Sept. 20

    EMS buys ambulance

    Nelson County EMS will get a nearly new ambulance and get rid of an old one.

    On Tuesday the Nelson County Fiscal Court approved a bid for a 2015 Chevrolet diesel ambulance from Heartland Wheels Inc. for $99,900.

    The truck has only 11,500 miles on it, according to EMS Director Joe Prewitt, and the agency will spend an additional $5,000 on it.

    The county had budgeted $140,000 for it. The new ambulance is intended to replace one that “burned up,” Prewitt said.

  • Planning and Zoning distributes Airbnb compliance letters

    Nelson County public agencies want to ensure those operating Airbnbs are playing by the rules.

    Websites such as Airbnb and VRBO allow for homeowners to temporarily rent out their property to guests or tourists. However, groups such as the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission want to make sure property owners are following the law, just like hotels and bed and breakfasts.

  • BFD gets $633,746 federal grant

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency has awarded a $633,746 grant to the Bardstown Fire Department for hiring and training volunteer firefighters.

    “This grant is a huge win for the city of Bardstown, its citizens and the Fire Department,” said Capt. Todd Spalding, who handled the grant application. “The grant is 100 percent funded. No matching contributions have to be made by the city.”

  • County gets grant to fix road slides

    Nelson County will get $197,500 from an emergency county road aid fund to repair two roads that have been damaged by erosion from creeks running below them.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts told the Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday that just after their last meeting, he received word from the state government that the county would get funding to fix Murphy Lane and Green’s Chapel Road.

  • Bardstown City Council incumbents: Continuity is good

    Among the 16 candidates for the Bardstown City Council are four of the six who are on the council now. Two of those have been members for many years. The other two are running for re-election after only one term.

    For Francis Lydian, Roland Williams, Kecia Copeland and Bill Buckman, this year’s election is a referendum on their past and current service to the city.

    Lydian, who has been on the council the longest — about 24 years — said this will be his last term if he’s elected. He also said that last time.

  • Former leaders say experience is needed on city council

    Experience matters.

    That’s the message four former local officials who are running for seats on the Bardstown City Council want to convey to voters in the Nov. 9 general election.

    Two of the four, Dick Heaton and Bill Sheckles, are former mayors. Another, John Kelley, is a former city attorney and county attorney who is running with Heaton as part of an unofficial slate. The other, Joe Buckman, is a former councilman and has also served on other city boards.

  • City’s social media policy puts emphasis on records

    Bardstown’s city officials and employees know their emails are subject to open records requests. Now Mayor John Royalty wants them to understand that their Facebook messages, tweets, and YouTube videos are too if they include anything regarding “city business.”

    That’s the main reason for a proposed policy, according to City Attorney Tim Butler and Assistant City Administrator Larry Green.