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Government

  • Thrasher proposes shifting Nelson to county commission

    Don Thrasher, Republican candidate for county judge-executive, is starting a petition to change Nelson County’s form of government from a fiscal court to a county commission.

  • Thrasher files request for officials’ phone records

    Don Thrasher has filed an open records request asking to inspect records of Nelson County Fiscal Court members’ phone calls, text messages and emails, as well as their calendars, schedule books and call logs, and any video camera evidence from the Old Courthouse from the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the days the court meets.

    The letter was filed Feb. 22 and covers the previous 120 days.

  • Thrasher: Fogle wanted to ‘collude’ against Watts

    Emails between Don Thrasher and Kenny Fogle show the two candidates for county judge-executive cooperated in alleging that the incumbent, Dean Watts, routinely violates the state’s Open Meetings Act.

    Thrasher shared those emails with The Kentucky Standard because he was miffed at Fogle for accusing him of grandstanding after Thrasher brought up the subject of transparency at a Fiscal Court meeting last week.

    It was Fogle himself, he said, who suggested that he raise the issue.

  • Volunteers talk cancer in Frankfort

    Stacey Phelps held a photo of her mother as she took her turn speaking to the crowd in Frankfort Wednesday. She died of lung cancer, and with proposed cuts in cancer screenings, the disease was one of the main talking points for this year’s Cancer Action Network’s Day at the Capitol.

    The event is a time for Kentuckians — particularly cancer survivors and affected families — to meet with lawmakers about legislation that affects research funding and other topics. Phelps was among those representing Nelson County for the day.

  • Proposed law could mean fewer inmates

    Nelson County officials may have to rethink whether they want to build a new jail if a Senate bill to reduce felonies to misdemeanors becomes law.

  • Thrasher wants night meetings

    The Republican candidate for county judge-executive wants the Nelson County Fiscal Court to hold its meetings at night and on Saturdays to make it easier for people who work weekdays to attend.

    Don Thrasher suggested an ordinance “in the public interest for openness and transparency” when he stood before the county magistrates at the end of their meeting Tuesday.

    The proposal suggests the meetings be held at 7 p.m. with one meeting each quarter to be on Saturdays.

  • DECISION 2018: Hutchins seeks fourth term as 2nd District magistrate

    Magistrate Sam Hutchins likes to finish what he started. That’s why, after representing the 2nd District on the Nelson County Fiscal Court for almost 12 years, he’s seeking a fourth term.

    “I still have some things I want to do,” Hutchins said Thursday afternoon after spending most of the day in Frankfort at a meeting of the Kentucky Association of Counties, discussing transportation funding, county employees’ pensions and other matters he has to deal with in his public role.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from Feb. 15

    Officials being proactive on pothole repairs

    Unseasonably cold temperatures and heavy moisture over the past few weeks have forced New Haven drivers to avoid potholes on city streets, and Commissioner Joe Larry Mattingly is urging the local governing body to be proactive in repairing them.

  • Neighbors complain about crime near Third, Barber

    Peggy Waters was at home with her children when a woman tried to force her way into her house, then tried to break into a neighbor’s.

    Jennifer Mason watched from her bedroom window at 2 a.m. as a line of people went back and forth from a former motel building to a parked car to buy drugs.

    Tom Wheatley is getting tired of finding used condoms and hypodermic needles on his property.

  • LMPD homicide detective Middleton running for Nelson County sheriff

    For 15 years, Chris Middleton has been a detective for the Louisville Metro Police, investigating murders and drug crimes.

    Two and a half years from being eligible to retire, he wants to do something quite different, and that is to be the sheriff of his adopted home county.

    Middleton, 46, is one of two Republican candidates running for Nelson County sheriff. The other, Todd Harper, is also an LMPD officer. Whoever wins the May 22 primary will face the winner of the Democrats’ contest.