• Bloomfield City Council approves saving money on bonding issue

    The City of Bloomfield will save over $94,000 over the next 24 years after the city council passed a resolution on Monday that would allow Mayor Rhonda Hagan to refinance bonds on a water and sewer loan.

    The city currently owes $990,000 on the bonds that were issued in 2001.

    The agreement is with the Kentucky Rural Water Corporation and the bonds will be sold by Raymond James and Associates.

  • Mayor: ‘I don’t recall’

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty says he doesn’t remember if he was involved in producing two fire reports that ended up in anonymous packets targeting a city councilwoman in November. But he doesn’t deny involvement, either.

    “I don’t recall asking nobody to print out fire reports,” Royalty said under oath during a recent deposition.

  • Royalty claims he is victim of racial bias

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty blamed a “racial divide” with black City Council members for much of the past two years’ controversy, especially a call to investigate his administration in May 2016.

    “There was three — three blacks voted for it and three whites voted against it and it’s been a separated council and I was the deciding factor and I voted against it. I wasn’t wasting taxpayers’ money,” Royalty said during a recent deposition.

  • Mayor says he defers to HR director, but went against his advice for Trailergate

    When it comes to personnel decisions, Bardstown Mayor John Royalty said he defers to his human resources director.

    But when the city employee in question was his personal friend whom he had recently promoted to police captain and interim chief, he went against that advice.

  • Mattingly was slated to be transferred until mayor intervened

    The officer Bardstown Mayor John Royalty promoted as second-in-command of the Bardstown Police Department had faced a brokered transfer only months earlier because of a Facebook rant he posted that caused prosecutors to bar him from presenting cases.

    Bardstown Police Capt. McKenzie Mattingly, when he was a narcotics detective in October 2015, posted to his Facebook page a lengthy tirade criticizing the local judicial system after Nelson Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms admonished him in a court ruling for using excessive force.

  • New Haven City Council meeting briefs from Jan. 19

    The New Haven Board of Commission voted last week to impose a $5 surcharge on business licenses effective when the new fiscal year begins July 1.

    However, those businesses that are required to purchase more than one license will only be charged the new fee on the first license.

  • City Council broadens scope of investigation

    The Bardstown City Council’s inquiry into malfeasance in city government has moved beyond the issue of whether records leaked to the media were intended to illegally influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    Following an hour-long closed session Tuesday night, Councilman John Kelley announced that the search by a private investigator, Scott Crosbie, had led down other paths.

  • BHS students to attend inauguration

    A group of students will be among the thousands to gather around the U.S. Capitol Building this week for the presidential inauguration, taking in what could be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for many.

    The trip is a tradition for David Clark, an AP government teacher at Bardstown High.

    “This is our fifth inauguration,” Clark said. “We started in 2000.”

    Interest in the trip began with the government class and wanting to give students a unique political experience.

  • A legacy of vigilance

    The legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. was commemorated in Bardstown Monday by a call to hold elected officials accountable for their actions.

    “Our weapon is our vote,” state Rep. George Brown said, quoting King at St. Monica Catholic Church in Bardstown at the annual community MLK celebration.

    “We have got to be vigilant. We have got to pay attention. We have to keep score,” Brown said.

  • Bardstown City Council meeting briefs from Jan. 10

    Industrial board members named

    Former Mayor Dick Heaton is returning to the board of the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation, along with local lawyer Doug Hubbard.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council appointed Hubbard to fill the current unexpired term of Heaton, who has long been a member of the city’s industrial board. That term ends June 1 of this year. The council then appointed Heaton to fill the rest of the current term of former Councilman Bobby Simpson, which ends June 30, 2019.