• Bardstown City Council meeting briefs from Feb. 28

    Officials like craft distillery regulations

    City officials voiced no concerns Tuesday about a measure that would promote craft distilleries in Bardstown and Nelson County.

    Janet Johnston-Crowe presented the proposed regulations for the first reading of an ordinance at the Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday night after having made the same presentation last week to the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

  • McCoy bill would allow sale of vintage bourbon

    If you’ve got a bottle of Old Grand-Dad in your cupboard, it might be worth a good price to a tavern owner who could sell it to customers if a bill that passed the Kentucky House Monday becomes state law.

    However, that’s only if the Kentucky Senate follows the House in passing vintage liquor legislation sponsored by Bardstown Republican Chad McCoy and the governor signs it.

  • Mayor questioned about email privacy

    A former county prosecutor showed he hadn’t lost his touch when he grilled the mayor Tuesday night about possible unauthorized access to the council’s email accounts.

    The meeting was almost over when Councilman John Kelley asked Mayor John Royalty if he knew of anyone gaining access to council members’ email messages from their official city accounts without their knowledge and without an open records request.

    “I don’t have any idea what you’re talking about,” Royalty said.

  • Chief wants to raise officers’ pay

    Bardstown Police Chief Steve Uram has lost two officers in the past month and expects another one to leave soon.

    He says it isn’t going to be easy to replace them, because he can’t compete on pay.

    “We’re under everybody else,” he said, explaining why he is going to be asking city officials to increase officers’ pay across the board beginning July 1.

  • New regulations could foster creation of craft distilleries

    A recommendation by the Planning Commission to local elected officials would promote the development of craft distilleries in the city and county.

    Janet Johnston-Crowe, executive director, explained the proposed changes at last week’s meeting of Nelson County Fiscal Court.

  • City Council rejects mayor’s demands

    The Bardstown City Council has rejected Mayor John Royalty’s claim that it broke the law by meeting in private with an investigator hired to look into allegations of misconduct, along with the mayor’s demands that it retract its decision to expand the investigation and return seized records.

    In a response filed Tuesday, Councilman Dick Heaton asserts that the council can exclude the mayor from a meeting if it is considering removing him from office.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from Feb. 16

    Commissioners have plans for Big Blue

    A volunteer group in New Haven is continuing its work to renovate a city-owned building that could later be rented for retail space or used for community events.

    City Commissioner Jane Masse told the city commission Thursday that Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has agreed to place a dumpster on the former Big Blue Tavern property on Main Street so drywall and other debris can be removed from the building.

  • Mayor alleges city council violated meetings law

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has brought a complaint against the City Council alleging that its members met illegally with the attorney they hired to investigate his administration.

    In responding to the complaint, a councilman confirmed that it is the mayor himself who is most likely the target for possible removal as a result of the investigation. Other council members also said the Mayor is attempting to keep them from “finding the truth.”

  • Coffee with Chad keeps tradition of taking time to talk to constituents

    Tax credits for private schools, marketing farm products and the progress of the U.S. 31E widening were some of the issues on the minds of folks who gathered at High Grove Grocery Saturday morning to eat sausage biscuits and bend the ears of their state officials.

    Nelson County’s new state representative, Chad McCoy, is continuing a practice started by his predecessor, David Floyd, of going around to country stores in his district to listen to people’s concerns and talk with them about bills before the General Assembly.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Feb. 13

    Police officers honored by city
    Bardstown Police Officers Shannon Hall and Derek Sidebottom were honored before the City Council Tuesday for their quick action in saving a heroin overdose victim.

    On Jan. 31, around noon, dispatchers got a call that a vehicle was stalled and blocking the intersection at John Rowan Boulevard and Bloomfield Road, and that the driver appeared to be asleep at the wheel.