• 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.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from April 25

    Law would regulate short-term rentals

    A city ordinance to amend planning and zoning regulations of short-term property rentals received its first reading Tuesday before the City Council but won’t be voted on until its next meeting.

    Mayor Dick Heaton said that short-term rentals are becoming an issue in communities such as Bardstown, where tourists rent apartments and houses for short stays.

  • Bardstown City Council may sue former mayor

    After a long, closed-door meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council gave its permission for attorney Bruce Reynolds to answer former Mayor John Royalty’s lawsuit and possibly file a counterclaim.

    “We’ve been wronged too,” Reynolds said after the meeting, but would not say what kinds of claims the council might have against Royalty.

    He said he expected to have the documents ready to file with the circuit clerk by Friday or Monday.

  • Tension between Roby and Royalty went back decades

    Bad blood between Tom Roby and John Royalty stretched back to their high school days.

    “In my humble opinion, John was always pompous and arrogant through high school and I don’t think he ever changed,” Roby said.

    That was the testimony the former Bardstown Police captain who was demoted by the former mayor a year ago gave during his deposition in a lawsuit he has filed against Royalty and the city for wrongful termination and defamation.

  • Paul not backing down on health care

    Establishment Republicans warn that if conservatives continue their “rebellion” against Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act, it will cost the party in next year’s election. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told a Bardstown crowd Thursday the opposite is true.

  • Growth to be job one for new management

    Growing the economy and bringing more jobs to Bardstown will be his main priorities in the next 20 months, Mayor Dick Heaton told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. But his first task at hand this week would be to mend the frayed cords between the Mayor’s Office and the city workers.

    Heaton said he intended

    to have a staff meeting Wednesday.

    “I think one of the main things we need to do is to sit down with the employees and assure them,” he said, and rebuild their confidence and morale.

  • Local unemployment office to open two days per week

    Bardstown no longer has a full-time Office of Employment and Training — which most people refer to as the “unemployment office” — but its services will be offered at the same location as before two days a week, according to state officials.

    In February, state Education Secretary Hal Heiner announced that that state would consolidate 31 Office of Education and Training sites at 51 Kentucky Career Centers into 12 regional hubs and eight satellite offices.

  • Watts proposes $24 million budget

    Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts proposed a $24 million county budget for 2018 that is about $3 million more than the current spending plan.

    The increase is largely attributable to a carryover of approximately $4.4 million from the current fiscal year.

    Watts explained that there were many areas where the county didn’t spend as much as expected, such as in $100,000 budgeted for road salt as a result of the mild winter and $250,000 less than budgeted on fuel costs.

  • Mayor’s removal hearing hinges on lawsuit hearing

    A hearing scheduled for early Wednesday morning could potentially give Bardstown Mayor John Royalty a reprieve from a hearing a few hours later that could remove him from office.

    A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday morning before Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms in the lawsuit Royalty filed April 5 against the Bardstown City Council.

    Part of that lawsuit sought a delay or permanent injunction from the hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

  • Whirlwind session

    Beginning his career as a state representative when his Republican Party was in control of the Kentucky House for the first time in 95 years was a heady experience for Chad McCoy.

    “It was very exciting for me, and I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it,” the Bardstown lawyer who succeeded longtime legislator David Floyd, said Thursday. “I think we did a lot of good, and I was proud to be part of it.”