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Government

  • Details of 911 plan being hashed out this week

    Bardstown and Nelson County officials said this week they are closer to agreement on some aspects of a new interlocal agreement on 911 dispatching, but they’re still far apart on funding.

  • Candidates set for 2016 races

    As the filing deadline approached Tuesday afternoon, it looked as though New Haven wouldn’t have enough candidates to fill its Board of Commissioners, until Tessie Cecil and Joe Mattingly filed late that day. 

    Now the city has a competitive race, with five candidates vying for the commission’s four seats.

  • Molyneaux files for Bardstown City Council

    Rick Molyneaux was the 15th candidate to file for a seat on the six-member Bardstown City Council. He submitted his papers July 27 to the Nelson County Clerk’s Office.

    In a statement to the Standard, Molyneaux said he filed to “add a voice of the people to city government.”

  • Evans files for Bardstown City Council

    Lee Grigsby Evans was the 16th candidate to file for Bardstown City Council.

    “I love Bardstown,” Evans said. “My family has been here for 150 years, and they were all people who served the community. I want to do my part.”

    One of two women running in the crowded race as of press time Tuesday, Evans said she would like to serve on the council because she has some concerns for the city and would like to contribute to solving problems.

  • Ballot crowded for City Council

    Sixteen.

    That’s how many candidates will be on the ballot for the six-member Bardstown City Council in the Nov. 8 general election.

    There would have been 17, but Michael Johnson, one of the first to file, dropped out Friday, citing changed circumstances. His name will still be on the ballot even though he is not a candidate.

    The same day Johnson, a staffer for the Family Foundation of Kentucky, withdrew, former Miss Kentucky Lee Grisby Evans got in the race.

  • Paul serves up answers, proposals at local eatery

    Lynn and Michelle Russell were just looking for some down-home cooking Monday evening when they were served a side dish of campaigning in Kentucky’s U.S. Senate race.

    And Lynn liked the taste.

    “I liked his answers,” Lynn said after speaking a few minutes with U.S. Sen. Rand Paul, who stopped by the Russells’ table at Mammy’s Kitchen during a 30-minute visit to the popular Bardstown eatery.

  • Green suggests city, county all use KSP dispatch

    Following a Friday meeting to hash out the differences between the city and county governments over how to fund 911 services, Bardstown has come back with a possible solution: Scrap the county dispatch service and have everyone contract with the Kentucky State Police.

    That is the suggestion Assistant City Administrator Larry Green revived after Friday’s meeting involving Mayor John Royalty, County Judge-Executive Dean Watts, Bardstown City Attorney Tim Butler and County Attorney Matthew Hite.

  • BCC candidate withdraws

    One of the first candidates to file for Bardstown City Council has withdrawn from the race.

    Michael Johnson announced his withdrawal in an email to The Kentucky Standard Friday afternoon along with a statement explaining his decision.

  • Hagan proposes occupational tax increase

    Three of the six members of the Bardstown City Council agreed Tuesday that the city should raise its occupational tax from 0.5 to 0.75 percent of wages and salaries. 

    The tie came after more than an hour of debate about whether the city government should continue its long practice of transferring money from its utility reserve to general government to pay for things like police and fire protection. 

  • Lemons first to file for New Haven commission

    As of Tuesday morning, two had filed for a seat on the New Haven City Council, one incumbent and one newcomer.

    Charles Lemons, 61, a New Haven resident for 20 years, filed as a commissioner on July 29, after being encouraged to do so by fellow community members.

    Though he has never run for the commission before, he had previously been a write-in candidate for mayor.

    If elected, Lemons said he would like to take a closer look at the city’s budget.