• Cox’s Creek resident wants Watts removed for misconduct

    A Cox’s Creek resident who has tried unsuccessfully to get County Judge-Executive Dean Watts to reverse his decision to rename sections of the old Louisville Road is taking the judge to court in an attempt to have him removed from office for malfeasance.

    On Wednesday, Donald Thrasher, a law school dropout and former entrepreneur who lives on Ky. 523, filed a petition for writs of mandamus, which are court orders directing a public official to fulfill his official duties or correct an abuse of discretion.

  • County Fiscal Court briefs from Nov. 21

    Court advances sheriff $400,000

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court at its meeting last Tuesday approved advancing the Sheriff’s Office $400,000 for the 2018 fiscal year which begins July 1. The office is mostly funded by fees on tax collection and other services, which are collected late in the year, when the county government is reimbursed.

    Paving finished

  • Hite seeks second term as county attorney

    Nelson County Attorney Matthew Hite is seeking a second full term.

    He filed Nov. 13 for the May 22 Democratic primary.

    The general election is next November.

    Hite was an assistant to former County Attorney John Kelley when Kelley retired in November 2012 because his son, Jack Kelley, was a candidate for district judge. Judge Kelley was also an assistant county attorney at the time.

    Hite ran unopposed in the 2014 election and is so far unopposed for this one.

    The filing deadline is Jan. 30.

  • Oldham’s new jail mentioned in discussion about crowding

    Oldham County’s $21 million new jail, expected to open soon, may or may not be the right model for solving Nelson County’s jail overcrowding problem.

    On Tuesday, Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg was giving her report to the Fiscal Court, which showed that the total number of inmates that day, Nov. 21, was 158.

    The jail is only authorized for 102 prisoners, but on Tuesday there was an in-house total of 140. Others were being held in other jails, were in home incarceration, serving time only on weekends or in and out on community work release.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs

    New Haven residents can expect to see major improvement at two popular community gathering locations in the new year.
    Commissioner Jane Masse, who chairs the Community Development Committee, said her group is finalizing plans for the purchase and installation of playground equipment and other amenities at Simms Park during Thursday’s New Haven City Commission meeting.

  • Loss of preservation tax credit concerns Bardstown officials

    A historic preservation tax credit that has been in place since the 1980s and that more than pays for itself is on the chopping block as part of the Republican budget bill now before Congress, and that concerns Bardstown city officials.

    The tax credit is used as an incentive by the city to persuade people to restore and renovate old houses and other buildings in the Bardstown Historic District.

  • Deputy Gail Brown files paperwork to run for Nelson County clerk

    Nelson County Clerk Elaine Filiatreau isn’t saying whether she’s running for re-election, but one of her deputies is a candidate for the office in the 2018 election.

    Gail Brown, who is the bookkeeper for the County Clerk’s Office and has worked in every facet of the office, filed her papers Nov. 14 as a candidate for the Democratic primary on May 22.

  • County to issue bonds for bourbon projects

    Nelson County will issue industrial revenue bonds for two bourbon distillery companies totaling nearly $87 million.

    The Fiscal Court, which had previously approved inducement resolutions committing to the projects, had the first reading Tuesday of the actual ordinances to issue the bonds for Heaven Hill Brands and Lux Row.

    The Heaven Hill project is for whiskey warehouses off Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) in Cox’s Creek. Those bonds are for up to $51,900.

  • Old U.S. 31E resident says Watts can’t rename road

    Don Thrasher, of what is now Salt River Road North, told County Judge-Executive Dean Watts in front of the county’s magistrates Tuesday that he can’t rename the section of the old Louisville Road without their consent.

    Watts recently renamed the sections of the old U.S. 31E that were left over when the state realigned and widened the northernmost section of the state-federal highway in Nelson County. Most of those old sections are now county roads, but the part Thrasher lives on remains a state road.

  • Fogle files to run for county judge-executive

    Kenny Fogle is hoping the third time’s the charm.

    The Air Force veteran, former state employee and retired United Way director is running again for the Democratic Party’s nomination for county judge-executive.

    He filed his papers Thursday afternoon at the County Clerk’s Office.

    Fogle will be running against longtime incumbent, Dean Watts, who is also a Democrat and is seeking a seventh term.