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Government

  • 5th District race to replace Hahn is on

    At least one seat on the Nelson County Fiscal Court will be contested in the 2018 election.

    Eric Shelburne, 45, of 241 Arnold Lane, has filed for the 5th District seat being vacated by longtime Magistrate Jerry Hahn.

    He filed for the office the Friday before Christmas, a week after Hahn announced he would not seek re-election.

    The same day Hahn said he wasn’t running, David M. Williams II, 46, of 2540 Simpson Creek Road, filed as a Republican.

  • Heaton, Watts hopeful for solution for theater

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts are hopeful they and state officials can come up with a solution to allow “The Stephen Foster Story” to have its 60th season at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre this summer.

    Last Thursday, Heaton, Watts, and state legislators, Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Chad McCoy, met with representatives of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet after the theater was closed following a state safety inspection.

  • Thrasher announces he will run for county judge

    Donald Thrasher has been a thorn in County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ side — suing him for purportedly overstepping his bounds, then settling the lawsuit.

    Tuesday, he took his challenge to a higher level, announcing he would run for judge-executive as a Republican because he felt Watts had been deceitful.

  • New Haven City Commission meeting briefs from Dec. 21

    The New Haven City Commission voted Thursday to spend up to $7,000 in funds to renovate Barry Hall.

    The community center, built in the 1970’s, is the site of bereavement meals and other events for the Nelson County city.

    Most of the money will be used to renovate the outdated restroom facilities and to make changes to the kitchen.

    Keith Bartley told the commissioners he could not find many contractors to bid on the project but seemed pleased with the prices he did receive.

  • Deadline to change party affiliation ahead of 2018 May primary is Dec. 31

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party’s May 2018 Primary election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the 2018 elections that they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

  • Thrasher, Watts settle lawsuit

    Donald Thrasher, the Cox’s Creek resident who sued Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts over re-naming of the old section of Louisville Road he lives on, and Watts have reached a settlement.

    Thrasher has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit in return for Nelson County getting an attorney general’s opinion on the judge-executive’s authority in naming the roads.

  • Watts files for seventh term as county judge

    Dean Watts has had two careers — one in retail and the other in local government.

    He worked 21 years in the Shapira family’s general store business, working his way up from cleaning the floors to supervising the stores. And he has been Nelson’s county judge-executive for 24 years.

    What he’s found from those experiences is that constituent service isn’t that different from customer service, and it makes a difference.

  • County jailer’s race shaping up

    The 2018 race for Nelson County jailer is so far a three-way chase for the Democratic nomination.

    Incumbent Dorcas Figg is running again and is challenged by Michael P. Johnson, a former state prison employee who ran against her as a write-in four years ago, and John “Buck” Snellen, a local sheriff’s deputy who transports inmates to and from the local lockup.

    Dorcas Figg

    Jailer Dorcas Figg, who is seeking her fifth term, thought about not running for re-election, but changed her mind.

  • Magistrate questions saving historic house

    County Magistrate Keith Metcalfe has questioned whether an old house on the Wickland property is worth the cost of restoring after arsonists burned it last summer.

    The two-story brick house, built in the 1820s, sits beside Wickland, home of three 19th century governors who were from the same family. The county bought the Wickland property from heirs of the family about 20 years ago for $2 million.

    During Tuesday’s Fiscal Court meeting, County Engineer John Greenwell suggested hiring a professional service company to give an estimate on the work.

  • Lear offers law on renaming roads

    Magistrate Jeff Lear offered the Nelson County Fiscal Court a proposed ordinance Tuesday to allow residents’ input on naming county roads.

    Lear said it would not apply to old sections of Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) that were renamed after the widening and realignment of the highway this summer.