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Government

  • Nelson Fiscal Court magistrates selected for coming four-year term

    In January 2011, a lone Republican will join Nelson County Fiscal Court. Jeff Lear won the District 4 magistrate seat with 1,324 votes. His challengers, Independent J.T. “Thomas” Fulkerson and Democrat David Shields, received 909 and 1,299 votes, respectively.

    In District 1, Democrat Keith Metcalfe beat Republican Stephen Howard 1,462-922.

    In District 2, incumbent Sam Hutchins, Democrat, was uncontested.

    In District 3, incumbent Bernard Ice, Democrat, beat Madge Brumley, Independent, 1,762-771.

  • Paul picks up Nelson County voters’ nod over Conway

    In one of the country’s most contentious races, Republican Rand Paul clinched a victory Tuesday over Democrat Jack Conway. In Nelson County Paul tallied 7,706 votes, or 54.24 percent, over Conway’s 6,502.

    Official statewide results were still rolling in at press time, with several national news stations declaring the race a win for Paul. According to CNN, Conway was lagging with 45 percent to Paul’s 55 percent, with 72 percent of Kentucky precincts reporting.

    Guthrie keeps House seat

  • Campbell wins sheriff race

    When long-time Nelson County Sheriff Mike Newton retires at the end of the year, it will be Democrat Stephen Campbell who steps in to replace him.

    Campbell secured the position in Tuesday’s general election by defeating Republican Rick McCubbin. Campbell earned 54.77 percent of the vote (7,830) while McCubbin had 45.23 percent (6,466).

  • Campaign finance reports show Hutchins leading Watts, Trzop

    With a handful of candidates having filed pre-election finance reports, the race where the most cash has been raised and spent is the three-way fight for Nelson County judge executive.

    Former magistrate and Independent candidate Tim Hutchins has far outstripped his opponents, Republican Peter Trzop and incumbent Democrat Dean Watts, raising $23,300 to Trzop’s $9,423 and Watts’ $6,295.

  • New Haven mayor candidates share qualifications during TV debate

    New Haven mayoral candidates Bobby Johnson and John Ray Ball discussed long-range city planning, ways to drum up civic involvement in New Haven and how they would work with their new District 1 magistrate in a debate on PLG-TV Thursday.

    Johnson gave the first opening statement.

  • 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.