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Government

  • Contenders for county clerk, mayor, sheriff don’t pinch many pennies, reports show

    In addition to the judge executive candidates, several other candidates for local office checked that they would pre-file their financial information.

    Candidates’ filing status is determined by the amount of money they plan to spend on their campaign, which they state when they register to run for office. Candidates who will spend more than $3,000 must pre-file, those who use more than $1,000 don’t have to file until after the election and those who spend less than $1,000 don’t have to file at all.

  • Coroner candidates debate ethics of association with funeral home

    In the last televised debate before Election Day, PLG-TV 13 hosted a prickly debate between the two candidates for Nelson County coroner, incumbent Democrat Rayfield Houghlin and Republican Danielle Chladek. The recurring theme for the night was Chladek’s claim that housing the coroner’s office in a funeral home is a conflict of interest, countered with Houghlin’s insistence that he saves the county money by using his funeral home, without risking any conflict of interest.

  • PLG debates re-air this weekend

    In case you missed them the first time around, the local televised debates for candidates in the November general election will be re-aired this weekend.

    The election is Nov. 2 with polls open 6 a.m.-6 p.m. A number of local offices are on this year’s ballot.

    The schedule for the debates is:

    Saturday, Oct. 30:
    • 10 a.m. — Magistrate District 5
    • 10:30 a.m. — Magistrate District 4
    • 11 a.m. — Nelson County Coroner
    • 1:30 p.m. — Nelson County Jailer

  • New St. Clair trial could be held in early 2011

    ELIZABETHTOWN — Judges in two courts and a string of attorneys are trying to bring closure to a 19-year-old murder and kidnapping case that connects people from three central Kentucky counties.


    But scheduling problems, appeals and changes in the lineup are making finality a difficult goal to reach.

  • Ethics ordinance undergoing review

    The Joint Board of Ethics met briefly Wednesday to receive copies of a proposed updated ethics ordinance.

    On Oct. 12, Bardstown Assistant City Administrator Larry Green presented an updated ordinance to Bardstown City Council. Green, who was involved in the drafting of the original ordinance in 1995, took the initiative to overhaul it following talks with city attorney Tom Donan, county attorney John Kelley and executive assistant Barbie Bryant, who serves as the designated administrative official for the Joint Ethics Board.

  • Bloomfield mayoral candidates debate the issues

    The two candidates for Bloomfield mayor, incumbent of 12 years Ronnie Bobblett and challenger Rhonda Hagan, squared off in a PLG-TV debate Tuesday to discuss the city debt, ordinance enforcements and unfinished business within the city council.

    Bobblett gave the first opening statement. He graduated from Bloomfield High School in 1966 and worked at General Electric for 38 years.

  • After 15 years, drainage issues still unresolved for Bardstown homeowner

    When substantial storms strike Bardstown and dump large amounts of rain, homeowner Mike Brooks watches the water from a nearby creek rise up through his yard and sometimes even to his back door.

    At a Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday, Brooks brought his concerns about the drainage issues in the Westwind Trail subdivision to the councilmen. He proposed a $20,000 project to build a berm to fix issues on his property and asked the council to consider pursuing it, adding that he was willing to contribute toward some of the cost — around $5,000-$7,500.