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Government

  • 31 candidates file to run for Nelson County offices

    Seven candidates waited until the last day to file for local government offices in Nelson County.

    County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau anxiously watched the door of the elections office to see if anyone was going to file in the last few minutes before 4 p.m.

    The last Tuesday in January is the deadline to file to run partisan races in the May 22 Democratic and Republican primaries.

    All but one candidate who filed Jan. 30 were Republicans.

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  • McCoy’s bill would prohibit copying child porn in courts

    A proposal that would secure child porn held in court proceedings passed the state House Friday morning a day after the Judiciary Committee unanimously approved it.

    State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, the bill’s chief sponsor, said it would prohibit the duplication of pornographic images of children or materials involving the sexual performances of minors, even as part of the discovery process.

  • Coulter files to run for Second District magistrate

    Nelson County now has its first contested magistrate race in the 2018 election.

    Gary Coulter, 59, filed Thursday to run against longtime incumbent Sam Hutchins for the Democratic nomination for the 2nd District seat on the Fiscal Court.

    Coulter has been involved in public service, as an EMT and firefighter, and most recently as a concerned resident of the Woodlawn Springs neighborhood in a planning and zoning dispute, but he has never been a candidate for public office.

  • Heaton names new fire chief

    Billy Mattingly has been named Bardstown’s new fire chief, but it’s not the Billy Mattingly who is chief of Nelson County Fire and Rescue.

    Mayor Dick Heaton announced his appointment of the retired battalion chief of the Okolona Fire Department in a press release Wednesday.

  • Metcalf puzzled by Comer’s rant

    An angry Twitter message by a Republican congressman in October has raised questions about whether he knew Brad Metcalf was going to be fired from his job as chief clerk of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

    In October, U.S. Rep. James Comer of Tompkinsville directed an angry, vulgar tweet to Metcalf.

  • State budget to be ‘brutal’

    State Senate President Pro Tem Jimmy Higdon told constituents in a meeting at the Old Courthouse Monday that this year’s legislative session would be intently focused on the budget, pensions and roads.

    But almost immediately, discussion turned to the underlying issue — how to get more revenue.

    For about an hour, Higdon, R-Lebanon, and state Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, answered questions in the crowded courtroom during the first of their coffee klatches, hosted by the Nelson County Economic Development Agency.

  • Metcalf says old charges were not why he was fired

    Brad Metcalf of Bardstown, who was fired New Year’s Day as chief clerk of the Kentucky House of Representatives, was told his termination was because of criminal charges from 14 years ago that surfaced during an investigation of sexual harassment allegations against former House Speaker Jeff Hoover.

    However, in an exclusive interview Monday, Metcalf told The Kentucky Standard those charges were just an excuse. The real reason he was fired, he said, was because of testimony he gave an investigator for the Legislative Ethics Commission.

  • Thrasher files for judge-executive

    There will be an election for county judge-executive in November.

    Don Thrasher filed his papers Friday with the county clerk as the only Republican candidate so far. If no other Republican files before the Jan. 30 deadline, he will challenge the winner of the May 22 Democratic primary in the Nov. 6 general election.

  • Harper files to run for sheriff as a Republican

    A former Nelson County Sheriff’s Office deputy and current Louisville Metro Police officer filed to run for sheriff on the Republican ticket Friday morning.

    Todd Harper of Cox’s Creek is the only GOP candidate in the race.

    He served as a deputy in Nelson County from 2002 to 2008 before leaving for the Louisville force.

    “When I left in 2008 it was bittersweet,” he said.

    He left for better pay and benefits, a decision he made for his family, he said.

  • Higdon sworn in as president pro tem

    Nelson County’s state senator, Jimmy Higdon, was sworn in as president pro tempore of the Senate Tuesday as the 2018 regular session of the Kentucky General Assembly got underway.

    Higdon, of Lebanon, who had been the Republican whip, was replaced in that role by Sen. Mike Wilson of Bowling Green.

    The pro tem stands in for the Senate president in presiding over the chamber when the president is unavailable or wants to speak on legislation. At some time on almost any day of the session, the pro tem will preside, Higdon said.