• Guthrie: U.S. must halt ISIS threat

    Military reductions and the threat of the Islamic State are closely related problems Congress must deal with when it reconvenes in September, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., told an audience at a town hall-style forum Wednesday night at the Civic Center in Bardstown.

    Guthrie said that in hindsight, he thinks the United States should have supported the Syrian Free Army prior to the rise of ISIS (the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) as the most moderate element resisting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s assault on Arab Spring protesters last year.

  • New Haven mayor dies

    New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson died Thursday after an illness following surgery.

    City Clerk Linda Mattingly said he passed away around noon at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    He was in his fourth year as mayor after having served two terms on the New Haven Board of Commissioners.

    He had also been the city’s police chief for 17 years.

    “He did a great job as mayor,” Mattingly said. “He’s going to be sadly missed by our community. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family at this time.”

  • Clerk asked to certify Hutchins’ petition

    A lawyer has asked the Nelson County Clerk’s Office to certify that the 120 signatures on a petition for Tim Hutchins to be an independent candidate for county judge-executive are valid.

    Hutchins suggests it’s an attempt by his Republican opponent, Peter Trzop, to try to get him out of the race. Trzop denies it. So does the Democratic incumbent, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts.

  • Bardstown Cemetery panel still seeking site for columbarium

    It’s back to the drawing board for deciding on a site for the columbarium at the Bardstown Cemetery.

    At the Cemetery Committee’s meeting last week, City Clerk Barbie Bryant, the sexton, suggested that the foundation of the hexagonal storage building on the cemetery property be used as the foundation for the columbarium — a resting place for cremated remains. But Evelyn Oakley, a board member, expressed a strong preference for preserving the building, and the proposal was dropped.

  • Deputy coroner doesn’t have to be sworn

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said neither he nor his administrative assistant administered the oath of office to former Deputy Coroner Rebecca Houghlin, and he has no record of her being sworn in.

    Her father, Coroner Rayfield Houghlin, said he doesn’t know whether she was sworn in or not because he “was not there.”

    The coroner’s attorney, Doug Hubbard, told the local Board of Ethics Houghlin thought Watts administered the oath, but could find no evidence that she was ever sworn by anyone.

  • Brett Guthrie to visit Nelson County Aug. 27

    U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie, R-Ky., will host a public town hall-style meeting Wednesday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at the Nelson County Civic Center, 317 S. Third St. in Bardstown.

    “It is an honor to represent Kentucky’s 2nd District, and I look forward to hearing what’s on the mind of my fellow Kentuckians,” Guthrie said in a statement. “There are so many issues in the news today, and I think it’s important to provide an opportunity to discuss them.”

  • Nelson county government news briefs

    Fiscal Court seeks grant to buy guns

    The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office is seeking $23,000 in funding from the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security to purchase new handguns and ammunition for its deputies.

    The Fiscal Court, at its meeting Tuesday, passed a resolution to give Judge-Executive Dean Watts the authority to apply for a Law Enforcement Protection Program grant to buy 35 Glock pistols at $484 each and 18,000 rounds of ammo at a cost of $23,082.70.

  • County applies for gas line grant for bourbon distillery

    The Fiscal Court is seeking state economic development funds to construct a 5,000-foot natural gas line into the Nelson County Industrial Park for the benefit of the Bardstown Bourbon Company.

    At their meeting Tuesday, the county magistrates passed a resolution giving Judge-Executive Dean Watts the authority to apply for a Community Development Block Grant from the state Department for Local Government to pay for the eight-inch gas line, which would come across the Bluegrass Parkway.

  • Electronic boards may be next sign regs issue

    Last month the issue was car-mounted signs. This month it’s electronic reader boards.

    Before the Bardstown City Council’s sign ordinance study committee had held its first meeting, a Baptist deacon was frustrated about his church not being allowed to light its electronic message board, or reader board, as it’s referred to in sign regulation parlance.

  • Bardstown, KU reach deal on supply

    Bardstown’s decision to not give Kentucky Utilities notice that it wouldn’t renew its contract for electricity has resulted in an agreement favorable to the city, public works officials told councilmen last week.

    Faced with a proposal by the investor-owned utility for an 11 percent return on its equity and a 10-year contract — rather than the customary five-year agreement — Bardstown considered joining other Kentucky cities in giving KU notice they would not renew their contracts.