Local News

  • City Council discusses TV broadcast fees

    In a brief working session on election night, Bardstown City Council discussed Louisville broadcasting fees from the four networks — ABC, NBC, CBS and FOX.

    City Electrical Engineer Jeff Mills said the Louisville television stations of each of the four networks are looking to charge Bardstown Cable fees for carrying the stations. If this happens, the fees could be passed onto customers, he said, but it would be the council’s responsibility to make that decision.

  • Building demolished without permit

    A building in Bardstown’s historical district — the former health department office at 115 S. Fifth St. — was demolished last week without a permit. As a result, the Bardstown Historical Review Board will hold a public hearing 6 p.m. Nov. 10 in the Fiscal Court room on the application by property owner Bardstown Medical Building Inc. to demolish the building.


  • City gives go ahead on Sympson Lake dredging

    Bardstown City Council gave Mayor Dick Heaton the authorization to proceed with the Sympson Lake dredging project that would increase the city’s water supply and make it easier for boaters to access the lake, as long as all necessary permits are acquired.


  • Harvest Celebration set for this weekend

    The second annual Native American Harvest Celebration will be at the Old Bardstown Village Nov. 8 - 9. The event is 11a.m.-7p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. Sunday.

    The celebration is an explanation of how the native and frontier cultures came together, with a different take on the traditional present day American celebration of Thanksgiving, which has roots in Native American culture. November is also Native American Heritage Month.

  • County jail employee investigated for illegal activity

    A part-time employee of the Nelson County Jail is under investigation for alleged illegal activity. The Kentucky State Police has been called in to investigate the case, said Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts.

    Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg notified the Kentucky State Police several weeks ago to investigate the possible import of contraband into the jail.

    The employee in question has not been terminated but is on temporary leave during the investigation, Figg said.

  • Bardstown mentioned in several national publications

    Bardstown has gotten lots of national exposure lately, and it hasn’t cost the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission a dime. The town has been mentioned in National Geographic Adventure, American Road, Southern Living, Time Magazine Online, Where to Retire, Imbibe and Delta Sky magazines. The area got further exposure in USA Today, which named the Abbey of Gethsemani one of the top meditation spots in the United States.

  • Weather pushes back tobacco stripping

    The recent rainy weather allowed some tobacco farmers to strip the leaves that were hanging ransom in barns due to very dry weather.

    Like in any type of farming, the process is dependant on the weather, said Randy Calvert, a Chaplin tobacco farmer.

    From seed to sale, it takes nearly a year to grow and prepare the crop. It is by far the most time-intensive crop in Kentucky, said Ron Bowman, Nelson County Extension Agent for Agriculture. All of it has to be done by hand, Bowman said, which on average equals about 250 man hours per acre to process.

  • BARDSTOWN CITY COUNCIL —Hagan seeks third term

    Terms on City Council: two (seeking third)

    Occupation: Senior Manager-Corporate Engineering Services at Beam Global Spirits and Wine

    Current community/civil involvement: actively involved in church

    Top priorities: long-term financial stability, maintaining a steady police force, developing and funding a long-range infrastructure plan, developing and implementing a long-term plan for improving fire protection coverage for the city and county


  • BARDSTOWN CITY COUNCIL — Williams seeks first term

    Terms on City Council: none; first time filing

    Occupation: Part-time teacher at Bardstown High School and a Teacher Cadet Academy mentor

    Current community/civil involvement: Joint Bardstown-Nelson County Planning and Zoning Commission, Bardstown-Nelson County Human Rights Commission, First Baptist Church of Bardstown, Queen of Nelson Order of the Eastern Star, Euclid Lodge No. 13, Nelson County Chess Club, Abraham Lincoln Post Number 167

  • BARDSTOWN CITY COUNCIL —Douglas seeks first term

    Terms on City Council: none; first time filing

    Occupation: retired; director of the Nelson County chapter of the Justice Resource Center

    Current community/civil involvement: National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Euclid Lodge No. 13 of the Free and Accepted Masons and Nelson County Chess Club

    Top priorities: sewer, help “little guys” in the community and focus on street safety by installing lights and sidewalks where needed