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Government

  • Regional wastewater bill makes waves

    A bill to create one or more regional wastewater treatment commissions in a seven-county district including Nelson and surrounding counties has aroused concern among local lawmakers who believe the bill may raise costs for wastewater customers rather than lower them.

    House Bill 26, “An act relating to wastewater,” will be on the House Local Government Committee’s docket Feb. 9, according to Roger Recktenwald, director of research and planning at the Kentucky Association of Counties and a proponent of the bill.

  • Pharmacist may have solution to statewide drug abuse problem

    Leon Claywell thinks he may have a solution to the statewide debate concerning pseudoephedrine and the possibility of making products containing the drug available only by prescription.

    Claywell, owner of Bardstown-based Medica Pharmacy, thinks pharmacists like himself could be the key to fighting the illicit use of the drug by some to make methamphetamine.

  • On Record: Under new leadership, county clerk’s office has same myriad of tasks

    When you step up to the counter at the Nelson County Clerk’s office in the Sutherland Building to renew your car registration, register to vote or take care of other business for which the clerk’s office is commonly known, you are likely unaware of the flurry of activity going on all around you. The money you pay is only the beginning of an intricate, complicated process.

  • Lincoln Day Dinner and Lincoln’s birthday coincide

    In a rare circumstance, the annual Lincoln Day Dinner, hosted by the Nelson County Organization of Republican Women and the Republican Party of Nelson County, will take place on Lincoln’s birthday — Feb. 12.

    The event is at Maywood Country Club. It will feature candidates for statewide offices including governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, attorney general and commissioner of agriculture, dinner chair Jan Ballard said.

  • Council weighs pros, cons of Boston water station

    Bardstown City Council members weighed the pros and cons of continuing to operate a water station in Boston that has recently broken at a working session of the council Tuesday.

    The station dispenses barrels of city water for citizens for the price of a few quarters and is frequently used by individuals who are not hooked up to a water line. At the meeting, Sheckles said he recently received an e-mail from a woman in the Boston area who uses it to get water from her home and was concerned because the station had stopped working.

  • Bulky item pickup begins this month

    If you’re a county garbage customer and you have some items you’d like to get rid of that are too big to go in the trash, you’re in luck. The annual bulky item pickup begins Feb. 28.

    At Tuesday’s Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting, Judge Executive Dean Watts said the county allocates a portion of customers’ $12.50 monthly bill to pay for the program.

    “It’s one of the most well-received projects the county does,” he said.

  • Unclear budget reports may lead to financial trouble for city of Bloomfield

    Bloomfield’s new mayor thinks the city may be headed for financial trouble — and unclear budget reports may be part of the problem.

    “They are hard to read,” Mayor Rhonda Hagan said of the balance sheets and profit-and-loss reports the city council reviews and approves each month.

  • Fiscal Court meets Tuesday

    Nelson County Fiscal Court will meet at 9 a.m. Feb. 1 in the Old Courthouse on Court Square. Items on the agenda include proposed amendments to ABC and building code ordinances.

  • Cracker Barrel gets ready for Bardstown location

    There will soon be a new restaurant on the menu in Bardstown following the city council’s approval Tuesday night of an application to build a Cracker Barrel Country Store on Old Filiatreau Lane.

    The Bardstown Development Review Board recommended the restaurant chain’s proposal for approval, and the city council followed suit at its regular meeting. After the votes were recorded, Mayor Bill Sheckles asked a question of the corporation’s representative, Michelle Armstrong.

  • County may qualify for another state rep.

    With numbers from the 2010 census expected to be finalized this summer, State Rep. David Floyd said the population of Nelson County has grown enough for it to be eligible for more than one representative in the Kentucky House.