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Government

  • Former mayor Royalty appeals his dismissal

    As promised, former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has appealed his dismissal from office by the Bardstown City Council to Nelson Circuit Court.

    He waited almost until the last day to do it.

    On Friday afternoon, Royalty’s attorneys, Jason Floyd and Doug Hubbard, electronically filed an appeal of the council’s April 13 decision to remove the mayor for misconduct that followed a two-day public hearing.

  • Quarles speaks to FFA students

    The cafeteria at Nelson County High School was packed Thursday night with FFA members, parents and special guests gathered together for an end of the year banquet.

    The event included recognition of members in various competitions and accomplishments, and the exiting of FFA officers. Among the guests, which included district officials and state legislators, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles shared a message with the room.

    “It is an honor to be back in Nelson County,” Quarles said. “This is a great agricultural county.”

  • Bloomfield Council briefs from May 8

    Council concerned about vandalism at park

    Bloomfield officials are searching for answers after an uptick in vandalism at the city park.

    Mayor Rhonda Hagan told the city council Monday night a family had rented the facility on Sunday, but when they showed up, extensive damage had been done to the restroom facilities.

  • Inquiry amends city budget by $82,000

    After months of drama regarding the investigation and removal of John Royalty as the city’s mayor, the Bardstown City Council got back to routine business Tuesday, but not before dealing with one final matter regarding the probe.

    The current budget was amended to increase spending by $82,000, from $8,609,266 to $8,691,266 to cover the costs of lawyer Scott Crosbie’s investigation, which were over $72,000, and about $10,000 in other legal expenses.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from May 2

    Blacktop dollars added to budget

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court’s $24 million budget for the 2018 fiscal year was amended Tuesday to put $300,000 into the road fund for paving.

    “After about two weeks of consultation and about an inch off of my hide,” County Judge-Executive Dean Watts said, he was making changes to the budget he presented April 18.

    The “consensus of the court,” he said, was that there needed to be more money for blacktop because the state had cut its funding.

  • Council countersues Royalty

    Former City Attorney Bruce Reynolds, hired by the Bardstown City Council to defend it in a lawsuit brought by John Royalty, filed his answer and a counterclaim Tuesday, demanding that the ex-mayor have to pay all of the costs in the investigation that removed him from office.

    The council’s action also asks the court for punitive damages against Royalty for perjury, misconduct, unlawful access to private information and abuse of process.

  • Removing Royalty cost city more than $72,000

    The Bardstown City Council’s investigation of former Mayor John Royalty for misconduct and the hearing to remove him from office will cost taxpayers $72,601.97.

    That’s what lawyer Scott Crosbie’s bill came to after he gave the city a $5,000 discount.

    The costs were presented to council members at their work session Tuesday.

  • Lawyers challenging fairness of state’s mayor removal law

    Former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty has not directed his lawyers to appeal the City Council’s recent decision to remove him from office, but it probably wouldn’t make a difference, attorney Doug Hubbard told reporters Tuesday.

    Appeals often take a long time, he said, and the council would make sure Royalty’s does so there would be no decision until after the mayoral term ends next year, and thus the issue would be moot.

  • Brett Guthrie: GOP is reforming health reform

    Infighting between moderates and conservative hardliners last month resulted in Republicans not having enough votes to pass the American Health Care Act in the Congress.

    After the vote, President Donald Trump blamed the Freedom Caucus and said he was moving on to tax reform and other issues. But last week, U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie wasn’t ready to admit it’s game over for health reform.

  • Dones sworn in as newest councilman

    With his wife Danna at his side, David Dones raised his right hand Tuesday and swore to uphold the laws and serve his city.

    The electrical contractor, who came close to being elected to the Bardstown City Council last November, was appointed to it to fill the vacancy created by Dick Heaton’s appointment as mayor.

    Last year Dones finished seventh in a six-person race and ran as part of an unofficial slate headed by Heaton that also included current council members John Kelley and Joe Buckman.