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Government

  • Bethlehem High School student is inventor of Christmas postmark

    Lexi Morris, 16, is not only a junior at Bethlehem High School, but also the designer of Nazareth Post Office’s new Christmas postmark.

    When USPS postmaster Cindy Beasley and her colleagues were planning what design they would use for this year’s holiday postmark, they devised the idea of letting Bethlehem High School students develop an art piece that they could use for the project.

  • Ideas discussed in second sign series for New Haven

    The New Haven Community Development Committee is gearing up for spring, when it will unveil its second series in a new sign project started earlier this year.

    The project, called Historical Perspective, began in September when the committee debuted the first series. The series included 11 blue-framed signs depicting historical photographs of various locations around town. Series 2 will continue with new photos and new locations.

  • Bardstown approves syringe exchange

    Nelson County’s syringe exchange for heroin addicts and other intravenous drug users should be operational by this summer, public health officials said after the Bardstown City Council passed a resolution supporting it.

  • City removing Ballard signs

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty is getting complaints about his code enforcement officer removing roadside signs supporting the family of Crystal Rogers, who has been missing since July 2015, and her father, Tommy Ballard, who was shot and killed Nov. 19.

  • Mayor’s assistant leaving to work for Bardstown Bourbon Company

    Bardstown City Hall is looking for a new executive assistant.

    Kathy Graham, who was one of the mayor’s first hires, is leaving to be executive assistant to David Mandell, the president and chief administrative officer of one of the city’s newest industries, Bardstown Bourbon Company. She also will support Garnett Black, the company’s vice president of operations.

    The Kentucky Standard is publishing an ad today seeking her replacement.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from Dec. 6

    Officials honor Lemieux

    County Engineer Jim Lemieux, who began his service with the county by expanding rural water lines, then managed the landfill and solid waste program and finally became the supervisor of its road department, is retiring this month.

    On Tuesday, Lemieux was honored by the Nelson County Fiscal Court and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts with a plaque.

  • Clerk refuses to answer questions about open records

    Councilwoman Kecia Copeland had scheduled a discussion of the city’s open records policy for the Tuesday’s work session, but when she started to ask questions that afternoon, she was thwarted — at least for the time being.

  • Nelson County authorizes needle exchange program

    The Lincoln Trail District Health Department’s proposed needle exchange program cleared the second of three legislative hurdles this week when the Nelson County Fiscal Court gave its approval.

    The magistrates unanimously passed a resolution authorizing the local department to give drug addicts clean needles in exchange for their used ones as part of an effort to reduce the spread of diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV.

  • Mayor’s ‘gag order’ questioned

    City Attorney Tim Butler expects to have offers today from three or four lawyers to handle the City Council’s investigation of Mayor John Royalty’s administration regarding whether city resources were illegally used to try to sway the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    In the meantime, current and future council members are raising concerns about what some have called a “gag order” by the mayor barring council members from talking with city employees about city business.

  • HRB seeking approval from Frankfort to add murals downtown

    A new mural at a Bardstown business has the Historical Review Board excited about promoting the city through art, but it must also meet national preservation standards.

    “Anything we change has to be approved,” said RaShae Jennings, the city’s historic preservation program coordinator, adding that the standards are set through the federal government.