Local News

  • Jail Logs

    The Kentucky Standard believes the public has a right to know who has been arrested by local officials and lodged in the Nelson County Jail. The information below is a compiled list of daily booking logs from the jail. The bookings state the person(s) arrested and the charge(s) against them. This information is public record.

    Dec. 18

  • Bardstown City Schools receives $25,000 AT&T grant

    Grades 7-12 at Bardstown City Schools are the recipient of a $25,000 grant that will allow math teachers to partner with personnel from the University of Kentucky. The grant, from AT&T, is unique in that it is not a top-down approach, Cara Blackmon, Bardstown High School principal, said.

    Often when schools are awarded grants, they come with non-negotiable instructions, Blackmon said at Tuesday’s Bardstown Independent Schools Board of Education meeting. With the AT&T grant, however, UK staff will work side by side with teachers.

  • Police Department gives 'Christmas for Kids'

    The training room at the Bardstown Police Department was briefly turned into a storage room for toys, clothing and other items for the fourth annual Christmas for Kids program.

    Created by Officer Jason Woodson and former Officer Chris Link, the program helps brighten Christmas morning for children in the Bardstown and Nelson County area. This year, more than $4,800 in cash and merchandise was donated by local business to help 23 families, which include 59 children.

     “Our local sponsors have been great,” Woodson said.

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  • Optimist Club helps 740 children this season

    The Bardstown Optimist Club gave toys to about 740 children Saturday as part of its annual toy drive.

    The amount of toys the Optimist Club received was down this year, said Becky Distler, who was the assistant to co-chairs Carrie Hayden and Trish Downs this year. However, cash donations helped purchase toys for area children.

    “(The co-chairs) came up with the idea of the snowmen in the windows at the banks and people gave donations,” Distler said. “We were able to get more funds, which really helped.”

  • Eighth person in criminal syndicate indicted

    The eighth person in a criminal syndicate that was associated with many “slip and fall” claims at five Bardstown businesses was indicted Wednesday by a Nelson County grand jury.



    Note: The indictment of a person by a grand jury or otherwise is an accusation only and that person is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

    The following people have been indicted by a Nelson County grand jury. They are set for arraignment in Nelson Circuit Court Jan. 8.

    •Michael S. Hite, 33, 1450 Quarry Lane, Bardstown, possession of a firearm while committing an offense. Bond was set as the same as primary charge.

  • New Haven man arraigned on federal firearm charges

    A New Haven man was arraigned Tuesday on federal charges. Ronny Earl Johnson, 40, was indicted by a federal grand jury in Louisville Dec. 1 and charged with possessing an illegal short-barreled firearm and illegal possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

  • Bardstown High School drama team repeats win

    The Bardstown High School Drama Team recently repeated as champion of the State Drama Festival conducted by the Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) at Western Kentucky University. Three students also took home individual awards for their performances.


  • Suspect in Still Bill’s shooting indicted

    The suspect who allegedly fired a shot through the front window of Still Bill’s Restaurant and Lounge at about 12:45 a.m. Dec. 11 was indicted Wednesday. John Taurice Poynter, 27, 205 No. 3 Honeysuckle Lane, Bardstown, was indicted on five counts of first-degree wanton endangerment by a Nelson County grand jury.