• New Haven City Commission briefs

    New Haven residents can expect to see major improvement at two popular community gathering locations in the new year.
    Commissioner Jane Masse, who chairs the Community Development Committee, said her group is finalizing plans for the purchase and installation of playground equipment and other amenities at Simms Park during Thursday’s New Haven City Commission meeting.

  • Loss of preservation tax credit concerns Bardstown officials

    A historic preservation tax credit that has been in place since the 1980s and that more than pays for itself is on the chopping block as part of the Republican budget bill now before Congress, and that concerns Bardstown city officials.

    The tax credit is used as an incentive by the city to persuade people to restore and renovate old houses and other buildings in the Bardstown Historic District.

  • Deputy Gail Brown files paperwork to run for Nelson County clerk

    Nelson County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau isn’t saying whether she’s running for re-election, but one of her deputies is a candidate for the office in the 2018 election.

    Gail Brown, who is the bookkeeper for the County Clerk’s Office and has worked in every facet of the office, filed her papers Nov. 14 as a candidate for the Democratic primary on May 22.

  • County to issue bonds for bourbon projects

    Nelson County will issue industrial revenue bonds for two bourbon distillery companies totaling nearly $87 million.

    The Fiscal Court, which had previously approved inducement resolutions committing to the projects, had the first reading Tuesday of the actual ordinances to issue the bonds for Heaven Hill Brands and Lux Row.

    The Heaven Hill project is for whiskey warehouses off Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) in Cox’s Creek. Those bonds are for up to $51,900.

  • Old U.S. 31E resident says Watts can’t rename road

    Don Thrasher, of what is now Salt River Road North, told County Judge-Executive Dean Watts in front of the county’s magistrates Tuesday that he can’t rename the section of the old Louisville Road without their consent.

    Watts recently renamed the sections of the old U.S. 31E that were left over when the state realigned and widened the northernmost section of the state-federal highway in Nelson County. Most of those old sections are now county roads, but the part Thrasher lives on remains a state road.

  • Fogle files to run for county judge-executive

    Kenny Fogle is hoping the third time’s the charm.

    The Air Force veteran, former state employee and retired United Way director is running again for the Democratic Party’s nomination for county judge-executive.

    He filed his papers Thursday afternoon at the County Clerk’s Office.

    Fogle will be running against longtime incumbent, Dean Watts, who is also a Democrat and is seeking a seventh term.

  • County magistrates vote to join lawsuit against drug companies

    Nelson County will join some 36 other counties in suing the distributors of synthetic opioid drugs that plaintiffs believe are being overprescribed, causing addiction, sickness and death, and costing counties money in treatment.

    On Tuesday, the county’s magistrates unanimously approved a request by County Judge-Executive Dean Watts to enter into a contract with an attorney through the Kentucky Association of Counties to sue the distributors.

  • Royalty pleads not guilty to charges

    Former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty pleaded not guilty to all the charges against him Thursday in a case involving official misconduct, false swearing and perjury.

    Nelson Circuit Judge Charles Simms scheduled his trial for April 23. A pretrial conference was set for April 13 at 9 a.m. — exactly a year from the date he was removed from office.

    After his arraignment, Royalty told reporters he did not commit any of the crimes he is accused of and that would come out in his trial.

  • Watts wants to join lawsuit against drug companies

    At least 36 Kentucky counties have joined a lawsuit against drug companies for wrongful distribution of prescription opioids, and Judge-Executive Dean Watts says he will ask Nelson County Fiscal Court to join them.

    The civil suit seeks a legal settlement to recover financial losses Kentucky counties have incurred because of prescription opioid abuse.

    Watts said Nelson County has incurred the most cost through operation of its jail, but it also has cost the Sheriff’s Office, Nelson County EMS and the courts money.

  • Watts: County needs new jail

    Judge-Executive Dean Watts thinks the solution to Nelson County’s jail overcrowding is to build a new detention facility.

    At a joint meeting of the Nelson County Fiscal Court and the Bardstown City Council at the Public Library Oct. 19, Watts surprised many in the room by raising the issue of building a new lockup, which could cost upwards of $10 million.

    “Probably the biggest challenge we have facing us is we’re going to have to deal with a new jail somewhere down the line” because of the county’s growth, he said.