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Government

  • Mattingly was slated to be transferred until mayor intervened

    The officer Bardstown Mayor John Royalty promoted as second-in-command of the Bardstown Police Department had faced a brokered transfer only months earlier because of a Facebook rant he posted that caused prosecutors to bar him from presenting cases.

    Bardstown Police Capt. McKenzie Mattingly, when he was a narcotics detective in October 2015, posted to his Facebook page a lengthy tirade criticizing the local judicial system after Nelson Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms admonished him in a court ruling for using excessive force.

  • New Haven City Council meeting briefs from Jan. 19

    The New Haven Board of Commission voted last week to impose a $5 surcharge on business licenses effective when the new fiscal year begins July 1.

    However, those businesses that are required to purchase more than one license will only be charged the new fee on the first license.

  • City Council broadens scope of investigation

    The Bardstown City Council’s inquiry into malfeasance in city government has moved beyond the issue of whether records leaked to the media were intended to illegally influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    Following an hour-long closed session Tuesday night, Councilman John Kelley announced that the search by a private investigator, Scott Crosbie, had led down other paths.

  • BHS students to attend inauguration

    A group of students will be among the thousands to gather around the U.S. Capitol Building this week for the presidential inauguration, taking in what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.

    The trip is a tradition for David Clark, an AP government teacher at Bardstown High.

    “This is our fifth inauguration,” Clark said. “We started in 2000.”

    Interest in the trip began with the government class and wanting to give students a unique political experience.

  • A legacy of vigilance

    The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was commemorated in Bardstown Monday by a call to hold elected officials accountable for their actions.

    “Our weapon is our vote,” state Rep. George Brown said, quoting King at St. Monica Catholic Church in Bardstown at the annual community MLK celebration.

    “We have got to be vigilant. We have got to pay attention. We have to keep score,” Brown said.

  • Bardstown City Council meeting briefs from Jan. 10

    Industrial board members named

    Former Mayor Dick Heaton is returning to the board of the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation, along with local lawyer Doug Hubbard.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council appointed Hubbard to fill the current unexpired term of Heaton, who has long been a member of the city’s industrial board. That term ends June 1 of this year. The council then appointed Heaton to fill the rest of the current term of former Councilman Bobby Simpson, which ends June 30, 2019.

  • Royalty tells Rotary he’s on a roll

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty believes he has accomplished plenty during his first two years as the city’s chief executive, but if he could do it over, he would “slow down.”

    “Probably if I could have gathered more of a consensus and brought people in, and not had as much rapid change and let people catch up with me,” these past two years, he might have had a better working relationship with other officials, Royalty said when answering questions after his speech to the Bardstown Rotary Club Wednesday. But, he admitted, he’s impatient.

  • Legislators respond to constituents

    Winds of change are blowing through Frankfort, and to some they seem like gales.

    At the Nelson County Economic Development Association’s annual Coffee with the Legislators session Monday, local officials, business leaders and constituents questioned the county’s state legislators, Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon and Chad McCoy of Bardstown, about the sweeping changes initiated last week by the new Republican majority and what might be expected when lawmakers return Feb. 7.

  • Bardstown Council makes committee assignments

    The panel that oversees matters pertaining to Bardstown’s police and firefighters, which was headed by a retired policeman, will now be led by a former prosecutor.

    New Councilman John Kelley, the former county attorney, is the new chairman of Bardstown’s Safety Committee. He succeeds Councilman Bill Buckman, the former police sergeant, as chairman.

    Buckman was among those who were not re-elected Nov. 8. Only two incumbents, Roland Williams and Kecia Copeland, are returning to the council.

  • New council questions spending

    One of the first questions new members of the Bardstown City Council raised during their first working session of the year Tuesday was, why did Bardstown spend $233,805 more than it had in general fund revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016?

    Councilman Dick Heaton, a former mayor, led the questioning, which was prompted by a report on the city’s audit given at the council’s last meeting.