• Bardstown City Council meeting briefs from Jan. 10

    Industrial board members named

    Former Mayor Dick Heaton is returning to the board of the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation, along with local lawyer Doug Hubbard.

    At its meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council appointed Hubbard to fill the current unexpired term of Heaton, who has long been a member of the city’s industrial board. That term ends June 1 of this year. The council then appointed Heaton to fill the rest of the current term of former Councilman Bobby Simpson, which ends June 30, 2019.

  • Royalty tells Rotary he’s on a roll

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty believes he has accomplished plenty during his first two years as the city’s chief executive, but if he could do it over, he would “slow down.”

    “Probably if I could have gathered more of a consensus and brought people in, and not had as much rapid change and let people catch up with me,” these past two years, he might have had a better working relationship with other officials, Royalty said when answering questions after his speech to the Bardstown Rotary Club Wednesday. But, he admitted, he’s impatient.

  • Legislators respond to constituents

    Winds of change are blowing through Frankfort, and to some they seem like gales.

    At the Nelson County Economic Development Association’s annual Coffee with the Legislators session Monday, local officials, business leaders and constituents questioned the county’s state legislators, Sen. Jimmy Higdon of Lebanon and Chad McCoy of Bardstown, about the sweeping changes initiated last week by the new Republican majority and what might be expected when lawmakers return Feb. 7.

  • Bardstown Council makes committee assignments

    The panel that oversees matters pertaining to Bardstown’s police and firefighters, which was headed by a retired policeman, will now be led by a former prosecutor.

    New Councilman John Kelley, the former county attorney, is the new chairman of Bardstown’s Safety Committee. He succeeds Councilman Bill Buckman, the former police sergeant, as chairman.

    Buckman was among those who were not re-elected Nov. 8. Only two incumbents, Roland Williams and Kecia Copeland, are returning to the council.

  • New council questions spending

    One of the first questions new members of the Bardstown City Council raised during their first working session of the year Tuesday was, why did Bardstown spend $233,805 more than it had in general fund revenues for the fiscal year that ended June 30, 2016?

    Councilman Dick Heaton, a former mayor, led the questioning, which was prompted by a report on the city’s audit given at the council’s last meeting.

  • Higdon outlines his agenda for session

    Governing is going to be different in Frankfort now that the House has a Republican majority, Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, said Tuesday, the opening day of the 2017 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.

    Higdon, who was re-elected to a second term as the Republican majority whip in the Senate, was in the House chamber that morning for the swearing in of the former minority floor leader, Rep. Jeff Hoover, R-Jamestown, as the new speaker, and to welcome his new colleague, Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, to state government.

  • Historic day in the House

    For the first time in 95 years, Republicans control the Kentucky House of Representatives, and two men from Nelson County are part of that historic change.

  • Bardstown man first GOP House clerk in 120 years

    Everybody thinks Brad Metcalf is a lawyer, but he was a woodworker when he came to Frankfort at the beginning of the new millennium to work as a Senate staffer for 14 years, including three terms as deputy clerk. Two years ago, he moved to the House to be chief of staff of the Republican Caucus, and when the House convened Tuesday under Republican control for the first time in 95 years, Metcalf was seated in front of Speaker Jeff Hoover as the new House clerk.

    He is the first Republican to hold that position since 1896.

  • McCoy begins first term as legislator

    Chad McCoy smiled as members of the state House of Representatives sang “My Old Kentucky Home” Tuesday on the opening day of the 2017 session.

    The new lawmaker is from Bardstown, which inspired Stephen Foster to pen the song that has been the state anthem since 1928. He is only the second Republican state representative in Nelson County’s history, having succeeded the first, David Floyd, in that position.

    On Tuesday, he was sworn in and began his first term as one of 23 new members and one of the 64 members of the new Republican majority.

  • New coffee partner, same format

    Chad McCoy may be new to elected office, but he is maintaining a longstanding tradition.

    Nelson County’s new Republican state representative will maintain the coffee chats held by his Republican predecessor, David Floyd, since 2005.

    But they will now be dubbed “Coffee with Chad,” and the first officially scheduled coffee is Jan. 14. McCoy said he also hopes state Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, will also be able to join most events.