• ELECTION 2016: Three face off in Bardstown School Board election

    Education, taxes and facilities are just a few of the issues at the forefront of the Bardstown Board of Education race. Board chairman Andy Stone, vice-chair Franklin Hibbs and newcomer Donna Molyneaux are vying for two at-large seats on the school board.

    Stone, who was first elected in 2012, said he wants to improve student achievement, stating he was proud of the school’s “distinguished” classification by the Kentucky Department of Education.

  • ELECTION 2016: Three candidates running unopposed for Nelson County School Board

    There will be a new face on the Nelson County School Board next year, despite the race being uncontested.

    Incumbents Damon Jackey and Diane Berry both filed to maintain their seats on the Board. Newcomer Rebekah McGuire Dye, of Boston, also filed for the District 3 seat and runs uncontested after board member Larry Pate chose not to seek re-election. The three candidates are the only ones running this year and there are no write in candidates.

  • ELECTION 2016: Five candidates running for New Haven City Commission

    There are five candidates vying for four spots on New Haven’s City Commission this year.

    Incumbents Jane Masse and Mike Morris join newcomers Charles Lemons, Joseph Larry Mattingly and Tessie Cecil in the local race. With a recent push for community enhancement, improving the city for residents and tourist alike is a big focus for those running.

    “We need to preserve our history, expand tourism,” Lemons said, adding that he would like to see a few more businesses added to the city’s directory.

  • ELECTION 2016: No local write-ins on Nelson’s ballot

    If you don’t like the major-party candidates for president or U.S. Senate and want to register a conscience or protest vote, there are other options.

    Friday, Oct. 28, at 4 p.m. was the deadline for write-in candidates to register for the Nov. 8 election. In addition to major-party presidential candidates Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton, third-party candidates Gary Johnson, Jill Stein and Rocky De La Fuente, and the independent Never Trump candidate Evan McMullin, there are also now are 14 write-in slates for president and vice president.

  • Edelen rallies Democrats for DeWeese

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s vision is not a new Kentucky, but “a very old Mississippi,” Adam Edelen, co-founder of the New Kentucky Project, told a roomful of Democrats Friday at American Legion Post 121.

    “What hangs in the balance,” said the former state auditor, is whether workers have the right of collective bargaining and make enough money to support their families, whether children have health insurance and whether public education dollars are only for kids in public schools.

  • Royalty wants policy on iPad use

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty said Thursday he has changed his mind about bringing charges before the city and county Ethics Board against Councilwoman Kecia Copeland over her iPad use.

    His reason: Everybody’s doing it.

    “Everybody violated the code of ethics except myself and Bill Buckman,” he said.

  • 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.”