• Governor makes appointment to boards and commissions

    Gov. Beshear has reappointed the following members to the board to serve for terms expiring Sept. 25, 2013:

    Sidney C. Shouse, of Bardstown, is a postal worker for the U.S. Post Office. He represents the American Legion.

  • Mayor digs up idea for future cemetery

    Bardstown will need to expand its cemetery in the coming years, and at a city council meeting Tuesday, Mayor Dick Heaton said he might know the right spot.

    Heaton suggested the council consider using the property occupied by the former Nelson County Industries building on Allison Avenue. The city is already considering tearing down the structure and rezoning the land. Rather than sell the 3 acres, Heaton said Bardstown could hold on to the property and use it to add a significant number of cemetery plots.

  • New Haven votes to send delinquent utility bills to collection’s agency

    The City of New Haven is cracking down on people with delinquent utility bills.

    At a meeting of the New Haven Board of Commissioners Thursday, the commission voted to send the nearly $1,000 in delinquent accounts to a collection’s agency in hopes of recovering at least some of the owed money.

    New Haven Clerk Linda Mattingly brought concerns about the unpaid use of city services to the commission. Mattingly said she would like some input from the commission about what to do about the delinquent accounts.

  • City receives extra money for street paving

    The city of Bardstown has received a chance to catch up on road resurfacing thanks to an additional influx of paving money from the state.

    The money is the result of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet disbursing its contingency funds. At a work session Tuesday, Mayor Dick Heaton told the City Council its share of the funds is $120,000, which will be used to resurface eight priority areas in Bardstown.

  • Senior Citizens Center a step closer

    The first Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting after the Nov. 2 election Tuesday saw the swearing-in of district 4 magistrate Jeff Lear, the approval of a bid on a county-funded senior citizens center, and the county’s first-ever allocation of funds to the Stephen Foster Drama Association.



    Senior Citizens Center

  • Lear to be sworn in as District 4 magistrate

    Jeff Lear was appointed Wednesday by Gov. Steve Beshear as District 4 magistrate. Lear replaces Tim Hutchins, who resigned while running for judge executive.

    Lear is the first Republican ever elected to Nelson Fiscal Court. He defeated David Shields, Democrat, and J.T. “Thomas” Fulkerson, Independent, for the Fourth District seat. Lear will be sworn in as the District 4 Magistrate Tuesday.

    Nelson Fiscal Court’s other new magistrate, Keith Metcalfe, will begin serving in January. He will replace Maynard Wimsett for the District 1 seat.

  • Businessman voices concerns to Bardstown City Council about planning commission

    At a Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday, a business owner expressed concerns about the treatment he had received from the Joint Planning Commission and its director in his efforts to open a restaurant downtown.

    Bill Ellis told the council he had tried in good faith to acquire the necessary permits and pay the required fees for his planned establishment but was later hit with three late fees of $50 each, which he feels were leveled unfairly.

  • Bloomfield moves ahead on sidewalk project

    The Bloomfield City Council voted 4-2 Monday to go ahead with contracts to build new sidewalks as part of the “Safe Routes to School” program.

    The dissenting votes came from councilmen Walt Pozgay and Mark Mays and were the result of some discussion at the regular meeting about the choice of Strand Engineering.

    The company would handle drawing up plans and securing permits for the work. It was one of three contracts that needed to be signed for the project to go forward. 

  • Hazardous waste, roadside cleanup programs successful

    Director of Solid Waste Brad Spalding reported to Nelson Fiscal Court Wednesday on the results of recent roadside cleanup and household hazard waste disposal efforts.

    Sixty-one nonprofit groups participated in the roadside cleanup, covering 136 miles and receiving $17,350 collectively.

    “It was a good cleanup this fall,” Judge Executive Dean Watts said.

    The program is supported by state taxes coming back to Nelson County, Spalding said.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments

    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury.  They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court Nov. 18.