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Government

  • Mayor names committee to select police chief

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton has named an eight-member panel to review applications for the city’s new chief of police.

    He announced its members at the end of the City Council’s meeting Tuesday night.

    The committee is tasked with helping the mayor find a replacement for Chief Steve Uram, who was fired by Heaton July 6.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from July 11

    Downtown Beach Bash set for July 21

    Live music, face painting and kids’ crafts will be part of the entertainment for the Bardstown Main Street Program’s 2017 Downtown Beach Bash Friday, July 21, from 4 to 10:30 p.m.

    On Tuesday, the Bardstown City Council approved the request presented by Kelsey Lyon, a Main Street employee, to close Flaget Avenue at North Third Street east to Cherry Alley and west to Raspberry Alley so that vendors can set up to sell their wares on the street and clean up afterward.

  • County residents seek water service from Bloomfield

    A group of Nelson County residents who must haul their water and depend on wells and cisterns to supply their families’ needs are hoping that will soon change.

    The property owners on Hagan Road in northeast Nelson County appeared before the Bloomfield City Council on Monday and urged the city leaders to consider extending its water lines to serve their needs.

    That area is outside of the Bloomfield city limits, but Pat Disponett said the city services other residences in the county.

  • McCoy hopes medical review panels are short-lived

    Tort reform long advocated by nursing homes and some other health care providers is now the law in Kentucky, but Bardstown lawyer Chad McCoy thinks it may be on life support.

    McCoy, who represents Nelson County as a Republican member of the state House of Representatives and is married to a physician, said Friday the medical review panels established by the new law will actually increase the number of medical malpractice suits and make them more expensive rather than reduce frivolous claims.

  • Former Bardstown mayor subject of grand jury inquiry

    Former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty is the subject of a grand jury probe, recent court filings and a hearing on Wednesday confirmed.

    Royalty’s attorney, Jason Floyd, is seeking to quash a subpoena a Nelson County grand jury issued to a woman who is in a “serious personal relationship” with the former mayor and also is an employee at Floyd’s law firm, Hubbard, Hubbard & Floyd.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from June 27

    Magistrates approve radio tower project
    The Nelson County Fiscal Court on Tuesday approved a project to connect three radio towers — in Bloomfield and New Haven and at Salt River Electric — to central dispatching for law enforcement.

    “This is a project we’ve worked on for probably three years now,” Nelson County EMS Director Joe Prewitt said.

  • Council backs $53 million Bardstown budget

    The Bardstown City Council has expressed unanimous support for the city’s first budget to exceed $50 million.

    It is also the first that doesn’t use dividends from utilities to pay for services such as police and fire protection, streets and recreation — mostly because of last year’s doubling of the occupational tax from a half cent to a cent on every dollar earned.

    The plan includes a 3 percent across-the-board raise for city employees, five more employees, and big capital projects in water and sewer infrastructure.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from June 20

    Because the area where Marion Bischoff and Trademark Excavating Co. want to locate their business was once the site of a distillery, it is appropriate for the land to now be zoned for industry. That was Magistrate Sam Hutchins’ reasoning in making a motion to change the zoning for five acres on Double Springs Road from A-1 (agriculture) to I-1m (moderate impact industry).

  • Politics on tap

    Democrats’ gatherings at Bardstown bars have been about beer and banter, but Thursday was a night for policy wonkery.

    Sarah Zeller, a staffer for the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy in Berea, was the first guest speaker for Politics on Tap, a new initiative to take the party’s message to millennials and others over cocktails instead of in a conference room.

    “This is my first tax reform presentation in a bar,” Zeller said, laughing. “It’s a little different for me.”

  • Constituents grill Guthrie on health care

    On the first day of meetings with constituents in each of his district’s 21 counties, Congressman Brett Guthrie got an earful from people who were unhappy with Republican efforts to repeal and replace former President Barack Obama’s signature health care reform law.

    Guthrie voted for the GOP’s Health Care Reform Act, which passed the House in May, and the word in Washington is that the Senate may vote on a bill next week.