• Finalists for fire chief recommended to mayor

    The city of Bardstown’s fire chief selection committee has interviewed candidates for the city’s next fire chief and forwarded its top three choices to Mayor Dick Heaton.

    Heaton is expected to interview the finalists and make his choice from among them.

    The process is the same that was used recently to hire Police Chief Kim Kraeszig.

    The committee met Tuesday at City Hall behind closed doors.

    “We did our interviews and submitted three names,” Greg Ashworth, the city’s human resources director, said Wednesday.

  • Magistrates approve clerk’s budget



    The Nelson County Fiscal Court approved a $12.8 million spending plan for the County Clerk’s Office Tuesday.

    The budget, which is $2 million more than the office’s budget two years ago, includes total revenues of $13.2 million and more than $350,000 in excess fees.

    The magistrates also approved, and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts signed, a pay order setting the maximum amount to be spent for salaries and fringe benefits for the deputy clerks and other staff. That amount is $693,600.

  • Metcalf fired as chief clerk of Kentucky House

    Brad Metcalf of Nelson County is no longer the chief clerk of the Kentucky House of Representatives.

    Metcalf, 45, of New Haven, was fired Monday, a year after he took over that position under the new Republican majority.

    Daisy Olivo, the House leadership’s communications director, confirmed Tuesday afternoon that Metcalf had been dismissed by the general counsel for the human resources director for the Legislative Research Commission, the administrative arm of the legislature, but it was done at the direction of House Republican leadership.

  • 5th District race to replace Hahn is on

    At least one seat on the Nelson County Fiscal Court will be contested in the 2018 election.

    Eric Shelburne, 45, of 241 Arnold Lane, has filed for the 5th District seat being vacated by longtime Magistrate Jerry Hahn.

    He filed for the office the Friday before Christmas, a week after Hahn announced he would not seek re-election.

    The same day Hahn said he wasn’t running, David M. Williams II, 46, of 2540 Simpson Creek Road, filed as a Republican.

  • Heaton, Watts hopeful for solution for theater

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts are hopeful they and state officials can come up with a solution to allow “The Stephen Foster Story” to have its 60th season at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre this summer.

    Last Thursday, Heaton, Watts, and state legislators, Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Chad McCoy, met with representatives of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet after the theater was closed following a state safety inspection.

  • Thrasher announces he will run for county judge

    Donald Thrasher has been a thorn in County Judge-Executive Dean Watts’ side — suing him for purportedly overstepping his bounds, then settling the lawsuit.

    Tuesday, he took his challenge to a higher level, announcing he would run for judge-executive as a Republican because he felt Watts had been deceitful.

  • New Haven City Commission meeting briefs from Dec. 21

    The New Haven City Commission voted Thursday to spend up to $7,000 in funds to renovate Barry Hall.

    The community center, built in the 1970’s, is the site of bereavement meals and other events for the Nelson County city.

    Most of the money will be used to renovate the outdated restroom facilities and to make changes to the kitchen.

    Keith Bartley told the commissioners he could not find many contractors to bid on the project but seemed pleased with the prices he did receive.

  • Deadline to change party affiliation ahead of 2018 May primary is Dec. 31

    Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding registered voters who wish to vote in another party’s May 2018 Primary election or be a candidate as a member of another political party in the 2018 elections that they must change their registration no later than Dec. 31, 2017.

  • Thrasher, Watts settle lawsuit

    Donald Thrasher, the Cox’s Creek resident who sued Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts over re-naming of the old section of Louisville Road he lives on, and Watts have reached a settlement.

    Thrasher has agreed to dismiss the lawsuit in return for Nelson County getting an attorney general’s opinion on the judge-executive’s authority in naming the roads.

  • Watts files for seventh term as county judge

    Dean Watts has had two careers — one in retail and the other in local government.

    He worked 21 years in the Shapira family’s general store business, working his way up from cleaning the floors to supervising the stores. And he has been Nelson’s county judge-executive for 24 years.

    What he’s found from those experiences is that constituent service isn’t that different from customer service, and it makes a difference.