• Royalty wants ‘constructive’ relations with new council

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty is reaching out to four new members of the City Council following their election Nov. 8 and asking for cooperation in pursuing several of his initiatives for the new year and beyond.

    In a letter to the newly elected members, Royalty said that he wanted to “start the new year in a positive way.” He outlined what he sees as the city government’s top priorities for the next biennium, and invited them to share their priorities with him.

    The tone of the letter was both contrite and defensive.

  • Neighbors concerned about distillery’s planned expansion

    A new craft distillery in Bardstown is looking to up its production before business has really even begun, but that objective could mean a zoning change that has been met with backlash from the community.

    “There are areas of town where these types of businesses absolutely make sense,” said Allison Boone Porteus, who attended a public hearing Tuesday held by the Joint City-County Planning Commission. “We just don’t think that this is the right location for an I-2.”

  • Council calls for investigation of government

    City Councilman Fred Hagan called for an independent investigation of Bardstown’s city government Tuesday in relation to what he believes was an illegal attempt to influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election.

    All six members voted for his proposal to hire an investigator. However, Councilman Bill Buckman raised questions about the objective and cost.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from Nov. 9

    Mayor: City vehicles won’t leave county
    In response to questioning by Bardstown City Councilman Roland Williams, Mayor John Royalty said last week that henceforth, the city police officers and other employees who live outside Nelson County will no longer be able to take their take-home vehicles across the county line.
    “No vehicles will leave Nelson County. I stopped that today,” Royalty said. “We’ve been in violation of that for probably five years.”

  • Two former officials, two incumbents elected to lead New Haven next year

    At total of 923 votes came in for New Haven City Commission last week. The race saw five candidates to fill four seats.

    Tessie Cecil, a former mayor of the city, took the lead with 246 votes.

    “I’m very excited and grateful for the people of New Haven for trusting me,” Cecil said of the election. “I was really surprised of the results.”

    Cecil had served as the city’s mayor for 20 years and said serving in a new capacity, as a city commissioner, was something she looked forward to.

  • Bardstown voters choose change

    After two years of tumult on their City Council, Bardstown residents voted for change Tuesday.

    At the end of the year, there will be a new City Council with members of an unofficial slate headed by former Mayor Dick Heaton among the winners.

    As the earliest numbers rolled in, it was evident Heaton was the top vote-getter, with two of those who ran with him also among the top six: former County Attorney John Kelley and former City Councilman Joe Buckman. The fourth member of the unofficial slate, businessman David Dones, however, ran seventh.

  • McCoy takes 50th District state House seat

    Nelson County’s representation in the Kentucky House of Representatives will stay red.

    Unofficial results showed that Republican Chad McCoy beat out Democrat James DeWeese. As of 9 p.m. Tuesday, unofficial results had McCoy at 12,636 votes while DeWeese had 7,252 votes.

    McCoy was happy about his win. He celebrated at Cinco De Mayo restaurant with friends and family.

    “I’m excited by it and I think it shows that our hard work paid off,” he said. “We knocked on a lot of doors starting back in June.”

  • Election 2016 Results

    Election 2016

    Final Nelson County Results

    50th District Kentucky House of Representatives

    Name                                    Total                        Percentage

  • New Haven 2016 Election results

    At total of 923 votes came in for New Haven City Commission Tuesday. The race saw five candidates to fill four seats.

    Tessie Cecil, a former mayor of the city, took the lead with 246 votes. Jane Masse and Mike Morris, the only incumbents to seek reelection, held onto to their seats.

    The fourth candidate joining the Commission next year will be Joseph Larry Mattingly, a former commissioner, who had the third highest number of votes. See full results below:


    Tessie Cecil — 246 votes. 27 percent.

  • Voters bid good riddance to Election 2016

     Nelson County voters turned out in droves on Election Day with a high voter turnout predicted by midday, but many held bitterness about this year’s election cycle and doubted it would end when the polls closed.