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  • ATC student program exposing teens to the local workforce

    The Nelson County Area Technology Center has started a new Student of the Month program to help strengthen relationships between the school and local industries.

    Each month, each of the Center’s nine programs will nominate one of its students to take a trip to a sponsoring industry. Students will be nominated based on their hard work and dedication in class.

    The participating industries have donated $150 each to cover transportation cost, lunch and a T-shirt for each selected student.

  • Firefighters to train by burning farmhouse

    Firefighters save houses, but this Saturday they’re going to burn one.

    The Bardstown Fire Department will conduct a live fire training at 1405 N. Third St. Asst. Chief Charles Montgomery said Newcomb Oil Co., which owns the two-story farmhouse where the company wants to build a new FiveStar filling station and convenience store, asked the firefighters if they wanted to burn the house for training. It was a rare opportunity to do a live training.

  • Lawmakers hear from workers on pensions

    Nelson County’s state legislators didn’t offer a solution to Kentucky’s public pension crisis, but they tried to ease the minds of teachers and other public employees by telling them what probably won’t happen.

    The two-hour town hall at Bardstown High School by Sen. Jimmy Higdon and Rep. Chad McCoy, Republicans who represent Nelson County, was an opportunity for people to ask questions and share concerns prior to a special session on pensions Gov. Matt Bevin may call this fall.

  • Buffalo Trace takes team wins in Bourbon Barrel Relay

    Teammates were hugging and high-fiving as they caught their breath and wiped away sweat Saturday afternoon. With a time of –45.44, Buffalo Trace Distillery walked away with an impressive and steep win in the men’s team division of the 2017 World Championship Bourbon Barrel Relay.

    The achievement rounded out a competitive performance for the Frankfort-based distillery, following a first-place win from the women’s team with a time of -13.62.

  • Bill Luckett changed Bardstown

    Bill Luckett was a humble farm boy who quit school in the eighth grade to help support his family, but he rubbed shoulders with celebrities such as President Jimmy Carter and Bob Hope, made a fortune through hard work and sheer grit, and changed Bardstown’s economy and culture.

    That’s how Bill Luckett’s oldest son, Billy, described his father last week, a few days after he died.

  • Companies address mold concerns at Cox’s Creek Elementary

    Cox’s Creek Elementary School has received a “passing clearance” for air quality, but officials are working to get to the root cause of a possible moisture problem or other issue, which may have led to a widespread mold discovery earlier this year.

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  • Bardstown Primary hosts Parent University

    After school had ended at Bardstown Primary last week, it was time for the parents to take on the roles of students. BPS held its first Parent University session last Tuesday, inviting parents and family members of its students in for lessons on child development and school-related issues and activities.

  • Watts: Fiscal Court will protect pensions

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts told county employees Tuesday that the Nelson County Fiscal Court will have to pay $775,000 more for their pensions in 2019 than the $1.4 million it paid this year, but will do whatever it must to protect their retirement.

    “We’re going to handle it, and we’re going to make it work,” he said.

    He said he and County Treasurer Rhonda Fenwick are working on the issue and “coming up with a plan of action.”

  • Yonts sentenced to 10 years in federal prison for trafficking

    Tim Yonts, 47, was sentenced to 10 years in prison in federal court last week on drug trafficking charges.

    Yonts was arrested Sept. 22, 2016, after the Greater Hardin County Narcotics Task Force raided his mother’s home on Moore Avenue in Bardstown.

    Yonts was indicted by a Nelson County grand jury in October on first-degree trafficking in methamphetamine and other drug charges, but those charges were dismissed after he was indicted in federal court in Louisville in January.