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Government

  • Copeland’s personal use of iPad questioned

    Bardstown Police Capt. McKenzie Mattingly told the City Council Tuesday he wants City Attorney Tim Butler to determine whether Councilwoman Kecia Copeland’s personal use of her city-issued iPad violated any state laws.

    In a press conference after the meeting, Copeland called the acting police chief’s inquiry “retaliation at its best” in response to her raising questions about his personal use of a stolen trailer that the Bardstown Police Department seized.

  • Christmas Parade planned for Dec. 1

    The Bardstown Kiwanis Club and WBRT Christmas Parade has been scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 1 from 6 to 7 p.m., with an alternative date of Friday, Dec. 2.

    The Bardstown City Council gave its approval to the parade plans at its meeting Tuesday.

    Volunteers will assist with traffic and crowd control, but police will block off the streets. Participants will line up at Stephen Foster Avenue and Broadway, and the parade will start at Tiger Alley, proceed along North Third Street to the Welcome Center, then west on Stephen Foster, where it will end.

  • 50th District could decide control of Kentucky House

    The Kentucky House of Representatives is the Democratic Party’s last legislative stronghold in the South, and the party has controlled it for 95 years.

    This year, though, the Democrats have only a six-seat majority — 53 to 47 — and whoever wins the state representative race in Nelson County could decide which party has the gavel.

  • ‘It’s on you, Mayor’

    In less than four months, the Bardstown Police Department has spent almost half of its annual overtime allocation — even though the City Council increased the line item by $15,000 this year.

    A search of police pay records shows nearly 1,600 hours of overtime since July 1.

    According to Tracy Hudson, the city’s chief financial officer, the department has spent 47 percent of its $135,000 police overtime budget — or, as Safety Committee Chairman Bill Buckman stated in his report to the City Council Tuesday, “about $65,000.”

  • Democrats to rally for DeWeese

    James DeWeese is looking forward to the Democrats United rally Nov. 4 at American Legion Post 121 in Bardstown.

    “It seems like it’s going to be a really fun night,” the Democratic state representative candidate said Friday.

  • State House candidates spar over labor issues

    On right to life, there is no difference between the candidates for 50th District state representative, but on right to work, they’re as different as two can be.

    Democrat James DeWeese, a Teamsters representative, and Republican Chad McCoy, a lawyer, debated the issues Monday night on a live telecast on PLG TV-13 before an audience at the Nelson County Civic Center.

  • Captain: Volunteer firefighters ‘critical to operation’

    The Bardstown Fire Department is staffed around the clock by full-time firefighters, but volunteers are still important to its mission, Capt. Todd Spalding told the City Council Tuesday.

    Spalding briefed city officials on a $633,746 federal grant Bardstown has received to hire a full-time firefighter whose main job will be to recruit and retain volunteer firefighters.

    The firefighter will be paid approximately $32,000 a year for four years, which includes insurance and other employment benefits.

  • Bloomfield City Council briefs from Oct. 10

    Council has first reading of water/sewer bill rate increases

    Council members held the first reading of an ordinance that would amend the monthly water and sewer rates for Jan. 1 of next year.

    The minimum water bill for city residents will go from $13.13 this year to $13.79 in 2017, $14.48 in 2018 and $15.20 in 2019 if passed. Out of city residents, whose bills start at $23.88 for this year will be minimally billed for $25.07 for 2017, $26.33 in 2018 and $27.64 in 2019.

  • Copeland questions traffic stop by off-duty corrections officer

    A traffic stop by an off-duty Louisville Metro corrections officer has Bardstown Councilwoman Kecia Copeland raising questions about proper procedure.

    During a Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday night, Copeland brought up the Sept. 17 incident involving Chad Simpson, a sworn peace officer for the city of Louisville who has applied for a job with the Bardstown Police.

  • Floyd surprised by appointment to panel to investigate governor’s actions , declines position

    State Rep. David Floyd found himself in the midst of the latest political fight between Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin and Democratic House Leader Greg Stumbo, but says he wants no part of it.

    On Wednesday, Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, appointed a panel to investigate alleged political retribution by Bevin against a Democratic lawmaker.