Local News

  • Fatality claims lives of Missouri couple

    A Ballwin, Mo., couple died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle accident early Wednesday morning.

    Francis Flynn, 76, and his wife, Joanne, 71, were traveling southbound at 6:40 a.m. on US 31-E, about six miles south of Bardstown near “Helsinki Hill.” According to a press release from the Nelson County Coroner’s Office, the vehicle left the right side of the roadway and struck a tree. Nelson County Deputy Coroner Sonny Greenwell pronounced both dead at the scene.

  • Sewer issues not specific to Bardstown

    Attention might have been drawn to Bardstown recently for its sewer overflows, but the city is not alone. At least 5 dozen cities throughout Kentucky face similar problems, according to the Department of Water’s Gary Levy.

    “It ranges everywhere from communities like Bardstown with pretty serious problems that warranted them making a trip to [the state’s Division of] Enforcement,” Levy said. “Most of them are simply being a little proactive and dealing with their wet weather problems before they result in overflows.”

  • YouTube video raises question on personal use of county vehicles

    Although Nelson County Fiscal Court had already begun working on a draft proposal for a policy for county take-home vehicles, former Bardstown City Council candidate Kevin Brumley, aka “thebrum40004,” posted two videos on YouTube.com depicting a county employee allegedly using a county vehicle for personal use.

    The court had agreed Nov. 5 a policy is needed. The YouTube video was posted two days later.

    Questions about the necessity of vehicles for county employees and the potential for inappropriate personal use brought the issue into the court.

  • Flowers Foods reports third-quarter gains; Bardstown plant opens in spring

    Flowers Foods, which will open a bakery production plant in the spring in Bardstown, reported a 21.2 percent increase, or $575.9 million in sales, for its third quarter when compared with the corresponding period in 2007, during a conference call Thursday.

    The Thomasville, Ga.-based company credited its success to its products, 39 bakeries and a strong team as well as good unit growth and pricing. Third-quarter earnings in 2007 were $475.2 million.

  • Bardstown man suspected in Springfield bank robbery

    A Bardstown man is wanted in connection with Friday’s armed robbery of the Springfield State Bank branch on Bardstown Road in Springfield.

    According to Springfield Police Chief Fred Armstrong, a black male entered the bank at 1:47 p.m. Friday and handed a note to an employee demanding money. The note instructed the woman to put money into a bag, but said to not put a dye pack in the bag. The woman followed the instructions, and the man left with an undisclosed amount of money.

  • Contractor admits fault in building demolition

    In a Bardstown Historical Review Board public hearing Monday night on the demolition of a building in the historical district without approval, the contractor admitted it was his mistake.

    “I didn’t think I was in violation because I had a foundation there,” contractor Victor Hall said. “I was wrong and it was my mistake. I was clearly trying to make a better product out of the situation. I didn’t do it intentionally.”

  • Four injured in three-vehicle accident

    Four were injured in a three-vehicle accident Tuesday evening in New Haven.

    According to the collision report from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Amanda J. Willett, 24, New Haven, was traveling south on US 31-E in a 1990 Nissan 240SX at 6:20 p.m. Her car crossed the center lane, hitting the side of a 2002 Ford Mustang, which was operated by Jacob S. Vittitow, 19, New Haven. Vittitow’s vehicle left the roadway and ran into a ditch.

  • Bardstown man confesses to stealing aunt's credit card

    A Bardstown man was indicted Wednesday by a Nelson County grand jury for stealing his aunt’s credit card and spending about $3,800 at 19 local businesses.

    Michael Joe Pendergrass, 20, 4009 Dixie Lane, Bardstown, was indicted for 26 counts of first-degree unlawful access to a computer, three counts of theft by unlawful taking more than $300 and 23 counts of theft by unlawful taking less than $300.

    According to Bardstown Police Detective Larry Coombs, Pendergrass stole a credit card belonging to his aunt in Tennessee.

  • Treasure Hunters Roadshow comes to town

    Treasure Hunters Roadshow, an organization that buys antiques and collectibles, spent the week in Bardstown at Hampton Inn.

    Jason DeLong, one of the hunters, said the gold market was pretty good, because there is no one in town to sell broken or scrap gold to.

    The organization acts as liaisons for about 6,000 specialty buyers, allowing those who bring in merchandise to sell their items and walk away with a profit.

  • Nelson Circuit Court indictments

    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 Nov. 20.

    •Maurice S. Crowe, 23, 181 Purcell Ave., Bardstown, first-degree trafficking in controlled substance. Bond was set at $9,500.

    •Ledrick Edwards, 29, 131 Wilble Court, Bardstown, flagrant non-support. Bond was set at $5,000.