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  • PHOTOS: Nelson Scene: Dec.13, 2017
  • County jailer’s race shaping up

    The 2018 race for Nelson County jailer is so far a three-way chase for the Democratic nomination.

    Incumbent Dorcas Figg is running again and is challenged by Michael P. Johnson, a former state prison employee who ran against her as a write-in four years ago, and John “Buck” Snellen, a local sheriff’s deputy who transports inmates to and from the local lockup.

    Dorcas Figg

    Jailer Dorcas Figg, who is seeking her fifth term, thought about not running for re-election, but changed her mind.

  • Adult education center hosts first graduation at new location

    Family took photos and smiled from their seats as the graduates received their certificates. As the guest speaker had told them, they were there because they had worked hard to meet their goal. On Monday night, the Bardstown/Nelson County Adult and Community Education Center held its first graduation ceremony at its new location on West Stephen Foster Avenue.

  • EMT arrested for cocaine resigns

    Jerry Lynne Hurst, the Nelson County EMS employee who was arrested for possession of cocaine and drug paraphernalia in Washington County in September is no longer employed by the county government.

    EMS Director Joe Prewitt said Tuesday Hurst resigned Oct. 10 even though his court case is still pending. He left on his own, said Prewitt and County Judge-Executive Dean Watts.

    “He saw the writing on the wall. We were going to do a drug screening on him,” Watts said.

  • Nelson County Farm Bureau receives 2017 Young Farmer Gold Star Award of Excellence

    Recognized for the achievements of its Young Farm Program this year, Nelson County Farm Bureau received the 2017 Gold Star Award of Excellence during Kentucky Farm Bureau’s annual meeting in Louisville.

    The award honors a county’s Young Farmer Committee for its participation in Farm Bureau leadership development programs, state competitions, and educational or promotional initiatives.

    Kentucky Farm Bureau, with more than 478,000 member families statewide, is the state’s largest general farm organization.

  • Sheriff’s Office graduates second Citizen’s Academy

    The Nelson County Sheriff’s Citizen’s Academy recently held a graduation. The class was the second series of a seven-week courses designed to introduce the public to various aspects of the services provided by the Sheriff’s Office.

  • Insurance exec installed as chair-elect of IIAK Board

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky — IIAK, the state’s leading insurance trade association, has elected Aaron LaRue as chairman-elect.
    His election took place at the association’s 121st annual convention and trade show on Nov. 9, 2016 at The Brown Hotel in Louisville.
    LaRue is vice president of LaRue-Carey Insurance Group in Bardstown.  He has served IIAK in a variety of capacities, including young agent chair in 2011, and currently serves as a member of the Education, Membership Services, and Public Relations committees.

  • Hamilton named employment and training specialist

    Kentucky Farmworker Programs has announced a Richard Hamilton as a new employment and training specialist. He will be serving Nelson, Washington and surrounding counties with services for eligible farmworkers.

    KFP is an employment and training program funded by the National Farmworker Jobs Program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

    KFP’s services are offered to eligible farmworkers or their families who are seeking work, want to improve their work-related skills, or want greater financial stability that comes with a better job.

  • Legion donates to Family Resources

    A $500 donation from American Legion Post 42 was received by Nelson County Schools Family Resource offices recently. Team Up! FRYSC coordinator Lynne Potter accepted the donation.

  • ‘Bourbon and beer’

    Willett Distillery and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers are collaborating on an experiment, which will recycle charred oak barrels for a special beer showcase to be released in Louisville this summer.

    A mix of bourbon and beer experts gathered Monday morning inside the Bardstown distillery’s newly finished visitors center to kick off the collaboration, which was attended by 25 craft brewers from around the state. The event allowed the brewers to pick up the used barrels, which will be recycled for the purpose of creating barrel-aged beer.