• DECISION 2018: Hutchins seeks fourth term as 2nd District magistrate

    Magistrate Sam Hutchins likes to finish what he started. That’s why, after representing the 2nd District on the Nelson County Fiscal Court for almost 12 years, he’s seeking a fourth term.

    “I still have some things I want to do,” Hutchins said Thursday afternoon after spending most of the day in Frankfort at a meeting of the Kentucky Association of Counties, discussing transportation funding, county employees’ pensions and other matters he has to deal with in his public role.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from Feb. 15

    Officials being proactive on pothole repairs

    Unseasonably cold temperatures and heavy moisture over the past few weeks have forced New Haven drivers to avoid potholes on city streets, and Commissioner Joe Larry Mattingly is urging the local governing body to be proactive in repairing them.

  • Neighbors complain about crime near Third, Barber

    Peggy Waters was at home with her children when a woman tried to force her way into her house, then tried to break into a neighbor’s.

    Jennifer Mason watched from her bedroom window at 2 a.m. as a line of people went back and forth from a former motel building to a parked car to buy drugs.

    Tom Wheatley is getting tired of finding used condoms and hypodermic needles on his property.

  • LMPD homicide detective Middleton running for Nelson County sheriff

    For 15 years, Chris Middleton has been a detective for the Louisville Metro Police, investigating murders and drug crimes.

    Two and a half years from being eligible to retire, he wants to do something quite different, and that is to be the sheriff of his adopted home county.

    Middleton, 46, is one of two Republican candidates running for Nelson County sheriff. The other, Todd Harper, is also an LMPD officer. Whoever wins the May 22 primary will face the winner of the Democrats’ contest.

  • DECISION 2018: Republicans face off in sheriff’s race

    It wasn’t that long ago in Nelson County that the Democratic primary was the election. With few exceptions, if there was a Republican candidate for a county office, there was only one.

    This year is different. Nelson County will have intraparty competition for multiple county offices, including sheriff.

    Two Republicans, both currently Louisville Metro Police officers, are seeking their party’s nomination for sheriff in the May 22 primary.

  • County officials get raises

    Four Nelson County officials got a $2,000 pay raise this year.

    The state Department of Local Government notified county governments in a letter Jan. 29 what the top county officials’ salaries will be for the year based on a 2.1 percent increase in the consumer price index and the population of the county.

    For counties with a population of 30,000 but less than 45,000, that means the county judge-executive, county clerk, sheriff and jailer get $99,291.03 — up from $97,240.20.

  • County to secure historic house damaged by arson

    The 19th-century farmhouse behind Wickland that was damaged by arson last summer won’t be restored anytime soon, but county officials agreed this week to make minimal repairs to prevent further damage and give its front a facelift.

    What to do about the 1820s building often called the “caretaker’s house” has been a point of contention for county officials because it would probably cost more than the $124,000 insurance payout to restore the property.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Feb. 6

    Breathing devices for city firefighters to be financed

    Bardstown won’t have to come up with more than a quarter of a million at once to pay for new self-contained breathing apparatuses for city firefighters.

    On Tuesday the City Council approved a resolution for a lease-purchase agreement with WesBanco to finance them over three years at a low interest rate.

  • County officials want to own amphitheater

    The county government will lease the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, but two officials have indicated they would like to hold the title.

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court voted Tuesday to lease the theater property from the state to expedite fixing its structural and electrical problems.

    The lease will be for five years, but automatically renews for two more five-year terms.

  • Proposed bill would merge Nelson, LaRue counties

    LaRue County’s 264 square miles were once part of Nelson County and would be again under a bill proposed by an Eastern Kentucky lawmaker.

    State Rep. Toby Herald, R-Beattyville, has proposed legislation, House Bill 243, that would consolidate 100 of Kentucky’s 120 counties into 34.

    Herald introduced the bill Jan. 24, and it was sent to the House Local Government Committee Jan. 26, where it has not yet had a hearing.

    So far, it has only one cosponsor, Rep. Adam Koenig, R-Erlanger.