Local News

  • Bernheim collects eclipse glasses for donation

    Thanks to the support from the community, Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest will be donating more than 2,400 pairs of solar eclipse glasses for students in South America and Asia to use during the 2019 eclipse.

    Bernheim launched the collection drive immediately following the eclipse celebration this past August.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings from Nov. 16, 2017



    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

  • 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.

  • Driver injured in three-car accident
  • Family of five escapes as old house burns

    A raging house fire on the eve of Thanksgiving left a family homeless for the holiday, but they were fortunate to escape without physical injury.

    Assistant Chief Neal Pyle of Nelson County Fire and Rescue said the family was at home but didn’t know the house they were renting was on fire until neighbors saw the fire and went and knocked on their door.

    There were two adults and three children in the home at the time.

  • Schools celebrate Thanksgiving before holiday break

    Each student had his or her assigned task: make the mashed potatoes, open the green beans, butter the rolls, hang the decorations. Everyone had his or her role to play in making the mid-morning event come together, which is something Unitas Honor Academy focuses on.

    “We always want to teach our kids to recognize what they have to be thankful for,” said Andrea Hutchins, a teacher and co-founder of the school.

  • Shop local, shop small

    As businesses across the country will be crowded with eager patrons before Thanksgiving Day even comes to a close, the weekend start of holiday shopping is a great opportunity for local merchants to promote themselves.

    Businesses in Downtown Bardstown — and other parts of Nelson County — have spent at least the last week pulling out Christmas décor, perfecting holiday window displays and stocking sweaters, candles, ornaments and other cold-weather items to sell. While Friday sends attention to the big box stores, Saturday is all about shopping local.

  • NBC documentary probing Rogers, other cases

    The bulk of filming wrapped up Monday on a planned six-hour documentary to air nationally about recent unsolved crimes in Bardstown and Nelson County.

    A crew from NBC News/Peacock Productions interviewed Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly for about an hour in his office as part of its coverage of the disappearance of Crystal Rogers and the shooting death of her father, Tommy Ballard.

  • Jail logs, Nov. 21-22

    Scott Jason Lucas, 30, contempt of court, two counts of non-payment of fines (all 2017).

    William Corey Hillard, 40, failure to comply with sex offender registration.

    David Shane Hutchins, 45, failure to appear, contempt of court (both 2013)

    April Thompson, 34, bench warrant served for court (2013).

    Steven Dale Norris, 39, fourth-degree assault.

    Stalana Louise Windhorst, 55, possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

  • Nelson Fiscal Court approves bonds

    Heaven Hill Brands and Lux Row will get revenue bonds to help finance their local projects.

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court gave its final approval Tuesday, without discussion, to the two industrial revenue bond projects totaling $87 million.

    The Lux Row project is for Luxco’s new distillery and warehouses being built on John Rowan Boulevard (Ky. 245), and are in the amount of $35 million. 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.