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Government

  • Stepfather of bullying victim wants tougher Kentucky law

    The stepfather of a 12-year-old girl who died of an intentional drug overdose in December after she was repeatedly harassed by students from her school is asking Nelson County’s state legislators to look into strengthening Kentucky’s statute on bullying.

    Bill Hack attended a community forum Jan. 16 with Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, and Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown. Accompanied by another man, Jonathan Hahn, he suggested that legislators look at New Jersey’s law as a starting point.

  • Copeland critical of Royalty for missing MLK Day event

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty broke with longstanding tradition this year when he did not attend the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at St. Monica Catholic Church, and several people in the community took notice.

    Bardstown City Councilwoman Kecia Copeland is displeased that Royalty didn’t attend this year’s celebration, and she doesn’t mind saying so.

    “It was quite noticeable … that he wasn’t there,” she said. “As the chief officer of the city, I thought it was quite necessary that he attend.”

  • Culvertown, Balltown parks to get playground equipment

    Two rural community parks, those in Balltown and Culvertown, will be getting new playground equipment.

    At the Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts announced that the county has negotiated the purchase of equipment for those parks at a 40 percent discount under the state price contract system.

    Each park will get $14,400 for equipment, he said.

    The magistrates approved the funding.

    Sheriff’s settlement

  • Ag commissioner candidate campaigns in Nelson County

    Opposing burdensome waterways regulations by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and promoting the export of Kentucky farm products are among the issues Ryan Quarles is emphasizing in his campaign for state commissioner of agriculture.

    Quarles, so far the only Republican candidate to announce for the office, was in Nelson County Tuesday with state Rep. David Floyd, R-Bardstown.

    At Culver’s Country Kwik Mart, he met with business owner Louis Culver and Culvertown residents who stopped in for a sandwich or soda.

  • Fiscal Court supports reform of gas tax

    Falling gasoline prices may be good news for consumers at the gas pump, but an expected 10 cent per gallon reduction in the state fuel tax by spring could mean $145 million less for state funding for rural secondary state roads, county roads and city streets.

    On Tuesday, members of the Nelson County Fiscal Court unanimously supported a resolution to back passage of a bill in the 2015 regular session of the state legislature to stabilize the fuel tax, which is based on the average wholesale price.

  • Boil Water advisory issued for Springfield Road east of BG Parkway

    The City of Bardstown has issued a boil water advisory Tuesday due to a water line break for Bardstown water customers on Springfield Road (U.S. 150), east of the Bluegrass Parkway to address 4198, including Cane Run Loop, Leslie Ballard Lane, all of Maywood Farms Subdivision and Parkway Drive from Springfield Road to address 255. Customers from the intersection of Ky. 245 and U.S. 150, heading north, including Culpeper Street, will also be affected.

  • Area legislators talk taxes over coffee

    On Monday, Bardstown will come together like it has for nearly 40 years to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    A celebration to commemorate King will be held at St. Monica’s Church at noon. Rosie Dodson, president of the Concerned Parents of Nelson County, which sponsors the event, said the program continues to grow each year.

    “It started with maybe just a few people coming together and has grown to around 400 people,” Dodson said. “Standing room only.”

  • Mayor encourages input, collaboration

    Mayor Jeff Rogers is focusing his efforts in the mayoral seat to increase involvement between the city and the community of New Haven.

    At a special-called meeting earlier this month and a subsequent regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, Rogers had discussed the commission’s desire to purchase a handheld camera that could be set up to record meetings of the Board of Commissioners.

  • City Council reaches agreement with WHAS

    Bardstown Cable TV subscribers won’t have to do without “Modern Family,” “Dancing with the Stars” or “Good Morning America.”

  • Hawkins now a city employee

    Hope Hawkins will remain the administrator of the preservation program for the Bardstown Historic District, but she will be a city employee rather than a county employee of the Joint City-County Planning Commission.

    The Bardstown City Council, which had been funding the position all along under an agreement with the Planning Commission, voted Tuesday night to create a new authorized position of preservation coordinator in its employee compensation and classification ordinance.