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Government

  • Council expected to hear report on possible misconduct

    The Bardstown City Council expects to hear the final report Tuesday night on a three-month investigation targeting Mayor John Royalty for possible misconduct.

    The agenda for the 7 p.m. meeting included a closed session on “discussions which might lead to the discipline or dismissal of an individual employee, namely Mayor John Royalty, without restricting that employee’s right to a public hearing if requested pursuant to the council’s investigation.”

    That report is expected tonight.

  • Kid Congress teaches how a bill becomes a law

    Foster Heights Elementary School fifth-graders spent the day Wednesday in a congressional session, but they didn’t have to travel outside of Nelson County.

    As part of a new social studies project, the students were asked to introduce a bill with the goal of having the president sign it into law by the end of the day.

    “It was to make that real-world connection with what they are learning in class and to make them experience that instead of just sitting and hearing about it,” said Instructional Coach Jessica Scheerhorn.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from March 16

    Development Group planning for bicentennial

    The City of New Haven will not celebrate its bicentennial until 2020, but a local community group wants the event to be on the minds of residents and tourists long before then.

    Jane Masse told her fellow city commissioners that the Community Development Group has earmarked funds from the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourism Commission to purchase banners publicizing the event.

    “We want to start planning for this event with the banners,” she said.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from March 13

    Glisson hopes to attract grocery store

    Since its only grocery store closed in 2009, Bloomfield residents have been forced to travel to surrounding towns to shop for their daily essentials.

    That’s not an ideal situation for a community that has 25 percent of its population at or near retirement age.

    Bloomfield City Councilman Jim Glisson is hoping that will change.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting briefs from March 7

    Metcalf returns to Ethics Board

    Brad Metcalf will serve another three-year term on the city and county Ethics Board as a representative of the county government.

    Metcalf, from New Haven, is the chief of staff of the House Republican Caucus in Frankfort.

    He was appointed to the Ethics Board in 2011 to fill the remainder of another member’s term, and was reappointed in 2014. He is currently vice chairman.

    Governor’s field rep meets court

  • McCoy bucks party on medical review

    Medical review panels are a bad idea that will become law for a while, says state Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown.

    Senate Bill 4, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, a physician, would create panels of peers to hear claims of negligence and malpractice before lawsuits could be brought against doctors and other medical professionals.

    The bill received final passage in the Senate last Friday and has been sent to Gov. Matt Bevin for his signature.

    McCoy said Bevin will sign it.

  • Bardstown City Council meeting briefs from Feb. 28

    Officials like craft distillery regulations

    City officials voiced no concerns Tuesday about a measure that would promote craft distilleries in Bardstown and Nelson County.

    Janet Johnston-Crowe presented the proposed regulations for the first reading of an ordinance at the Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday night after having made the same presentation last week to the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

  • McCoy bill would allow sale of vintage bourbon

    If you’ve got a bottle of Old Grand-Dad in your cupboard, it might be worth a good price to a tavern owner who could sell it to customers if a bill that passed the Kentucky House Monday becomes state law.

    However, that’s only if the Kentucky Senate follows the House in passing vintage liquor legislation sponsored by Bardstown Republican Chad McCoy and the governor signs it.

  • Mayor questioned about email privacy

    A former county prosecutor showed he hadn’t lost his touch when he grilled the mayor Tuesday night about possible unauthorized access to the council’s email accounts.

    The meeting was almost over when Councilman John Kelley asked Mayor John Royalty if he knew of anyone gaining access to council members’ email messages from their official city accounts without their knowledge and without an open records request.

    “I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about,” Royalty said.

  • Chief wants to raise officers’ pay

    Bardstown Police Chief Steve Uram has lost two officers in the past month and expects another one to leave soon.

    He says it isn’t going to be easy to replace them, because he can’t compete on pay.

    “We’re under everybody else,” he said, explaining why he is going to be asking city officials to increase officers’ pay across the board beginning July 1.