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Government

  • Floyd: Step down from leadership role will allow better service for Nelson County

    State legislators in Frankfort this week selected members to fill party leadership slots, and in a change from previous years, no politician representing Nelson County will be among the individuals.

    David Floyd, R-Bardstown, represents the 50th district, which includes Nelson County, and held the position of minority whip for the last two years. After initially considering another bid for the spot, Floyd stepped aside and nominated Brad Montell of Shelbyville, who then lost to Danny Ford of Mount Vernon.

  • Residential inspection fees on Nelson Fiscal Court agenda

    Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday continued the discussion of residential inspection fees that began at its last meeting.

    The topic came up after Logan Spaulding, the county’s code enforcement officer and chief building inspector, told fiscal court at the Dec. 21 meeting that the state was mandating the HVAC inspection charge be increased to $75. Nelson County’s previous charge was $44. Some magistrates were hesitant to approve the increase and asked Judge Executive Dean Watts for information on how much other inspection fees cost.

  • Legislative preview: Plenty of action ahead for off-year session

    Medicaid budget issues, pension reform and a tax code overhaul are among the topics local legislators expect to receive the most attention in the upcoming Kentucky legislative session.

    In January, the Democratic and Republican caucuses will come together for a week-long organizational meeting to swear in members, elect party leaders and conduct committee meetings. Legislators will then return to Frankfort Feb. 1 to begin the “off-year,” 30-day legislation session.

  • Census shows population, poverty up in Nelson Co.

    The U.S. Census Bureau released a trove of data in December, including the first results of the 2010 U.S. Census, highlighting the changing demographics and economics of Kentucky and Nelson County.

    In addition to the 10-year census, the Census Bureau also published the results of a five-year survey examining in detail the characteristics of places with fewer than 65,000 people, which included Nelson County.

  • Cecil looks back on the path that led her to the New Haven mayor’s seat

    Growing up in the Philippines, Tessie Cecil never thought she would marry an American and leave home, much less become the mayor of a small Kentucky town. She did both, however, and after more than 20 years as New Haven’s mayor, Cecil, 62, is stepping down. Mayor-elect Bobby Johnson will take over in January.

  • City to explore condemnation of derelict houses

    The city took steps Tuesday to explore the possibility of condemning and tearing down several properties during a meeting that marked Dick Heaton’s last formal session as mayor.

  • Incoming officials ready for duty after taking oath

    Those voted into office in the November election are ready to serve when the New Year begins after a series of swearing-in ceremonies earlier this week.

  • National chain considers Bardstown location

    Cracker Barrel is sitting down at the table once again in Bardstown to discuss a possible restaurant on Old Filiatreau Lane.

    The national restaurant chain has submitted a set of site plans for the eatery with the Bardstown Development Review Board. It previously considered building a restaurant in the same location in September 2007.

    Joint Planning Commission administrative assistant Cindy Pile said plans for commercial developments must go before the board, which reviews the documents and then offers a recommendation to the Bardstown City Council.

  • Election deadline approaching

    Dec. 31 is the last day to change political party affiliation in Kentucky and still be eligible to vote in the 2011 primary. However, the Nelson County Clerk’s election center is closed Dec. 30-31, so those who wish to change their affiliation should do so by Dec. 29.

    Voters can still change their party affiliation after Jan. 1, 2011, through the primary, but if they do they can vote only on a nonpartisan primary ballot.

  • Bardstown Cable completes fiber optic line into Fairfield

    The citizens of Fairfield received a Christmas present this holiday season for which some have spent years waiting.

    With the snip of red tape Monday in front of Fairfield City Hall, Bardstown Cable formally announced the completion of a fiber optic line into the small community — a line that will, for the first time, give Fairfield residents access to high-speed Internet and high-definition cable TV.