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  • Colonel Hawk’s a piece of history

    It’s hard to imagine now, but the derelict building at the corner of Fourth and Payne was one of the most popular eateries in Kentucky, known for its pan-fried chicken, country ham, steaks and shrimp — and for its proprietor, an associate of statesmen and movie stars.

    Louis “Colonel Hawk” Rogers was a friend of Everett Dirksen, the powerful leader of Senate Republicans who shepherded passage of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, and Thomas Merton, or Father Louis, who had his own corner, the “monk’s smoker.”

  • Harper talks transparency at Friday event

    Concerns over unsolved crimes and public trust in local law enforcement fueled a discussion with Todd Harper, a Republican candidate for sheriff, who spoke at My Old Kentucky Home Country Club Friday night.

    “We need change,” said Wilma Sorrell, who was among those in the audience calling for new leadership in several areas of the county.

  • Police official doubtful about school marshals

    Capt. Kevin Thompson didn’t outright reject the idea of having school marshals protect students from homicidal gunmen, but he suggested it’s unlikely they would be qualified.

    “You would have to be a teacher and have all the training that I have if you’re going to apply it correctly,” he said.

    The new assistant chief of the Bardstown Police Department and former homicide detective spoke at the Nelson County Democrats’ Politics on Tap event Friday at The Rickhouse.

  • Fogle favors alternating day, night Fiscal Court meetings

    Kenny Fogle, a Democratic candidate for county judge-executive, has weighed in on the debate over having night meetings of the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    Fogle wasn’t at the meeting last week when Republican candidate Don Thrasher presented a proposed ordinance he drafted to change the magistrates’ meeting times from mornings to nights and weekends. But after The Kentucky Standard published a story about the meeting Friday, he took to social media to share his thoughts.

  • Jail logs, Feb. 23-27

    David L. Carlton, 50, bench warrant served for court (2017 misdemeanor case).

    Kenneth Lee Scott, 41, parole violation.

    Joshua Ray Caseltine, 30, flagrant non-support.

    Darrell Keith Biven, 47, first-degree sodomy.

    Adrian Love Banks, 38, failure to appear (2007 juvenile case).

    Christopher Glen Wade, 26, alcohol intoxication in a public place.

  • NCHS students’ work selected for calendar

    The original artwork of two Nelson County High School students is featured in a calendar delivered to elected officials across the state.

    Brelayne Clutts and Katie Hankins have been recognized for having their work selected for the Kentucky Association of Counties’ 2018 calendar. KACo is a non-profit based in Frankfort that provides programs and services to county officials. The calendars will be distributed to lawmakers in all 120 counties and in Washington, D.C.

  • Chocolate Extravaganza attracts hundreds, raises thousands

    Brownies, cupcakes, buckeyes and other chocolate treats lined two large tables in the Guthrie Opportunity Center Saturday night as hundreds lined up for a taste. In its second year at the Nutter Drive location, the 2018 Chocolate Extravaganza attracted not only chocolate lovers, but also generous donors.

    “The amount that we took in is over $31,000,” said Marcella Crenshaw, executive director of The New Life Center, which the fundraiser benefits. At the first event eight years ago, about $1,200 was raised, she said, noting the tremendous growth in the event.

  • Agreement reached with Local 1241

    The United Steelworkers Local 1241 and American Fuji Seal have reached a new four-year agreement after the contract expired on Oct. 1.

    Christopher Ormes with Local 1241 said they continued to work under the old agreement while negotiations were in progress until they ratified the current agreement.

    The agreement includes:

  • Dominican Sisters rally for Dreamers

    The clock is ticking for the Dreamers, and the Dominican Sisters of Peace are pleading for a way to allow the young immigrants to stay here.

  • 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.