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  • Jail logs, Feb.16-20

    Thomas Lee Jent, 33, probation violation (2014 criminal case), second-degree robbery and persistent felony offender (2016 criminal case), possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

    William Hunter Mattingly, 21, failure to appear (2017 criminal case).

    Kevin Brian Sweeney, 49, probation violation (2013 criminal case).

    Travis Wayne Cundiff, 38, failure to appear (2017 criminal case).

    Lori Ann Jewell Wells, 41, flagrant non-support.

    Pamela Kay Rhodes, 51, fourth-degree assault, failure to appear (2016 traffic case).

  • Chaplin fire caused by child playing with lighter

    Firefighters put out a fire on Taylorsville Road in Chaplin Monday afternoon that was apparently caused by a child playing with a lighter, according to Chief Ted Shields of the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District.

    Shields said the fire was contained to the bedroom where it started, but there was also minor smoke and water damage in the rest of the house.

    The fire was in the 5000 block and was reported to E-911 Dispatch at 4:41 p.m.

    Nelson County Fire and Rescue provided mutual aid.

  • County district to discuss threats, concerns and protocol with students

    Threats against schools being made on social media are a problem dozens of schools across the state are currently facing, and Nelson County is not immune.

    In response, Interim Superintendent Tom Brown is encouraging all Nelson County Schools to set aside some time on Thursday to discuss with students recent tragedies in Kentucky and Florida.

    In an email Monday afternoon from District Assessment Coordinator Kim Brown, school principals were advised to create the presentations following a series of minor threats made across the district.

  • Owner of solar panels: It’s not about dollars

    Bill Jones recently installed several large solar panels on the hillside behind his house on Withrow Creek Road to provide some of the energy for his and his wife’s country home.

    It may take many years to recover the $6,000 he has invested in the system, including the panels, underground wires and inverter. But that isn’t the point.

    “I’m getting nine or 10 dollars a month maybe. That’s not why I did it. It was more to be green,” he said.

  • Solar panels law discussed in Boston

    Boston Food Mart may seem like an unusual place for men in worn blue jeans and work boots to be talking about solar panels, but that was what was on the menu for Coffee with Chad Saturday.

    State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, was surrounded by a mostly male crowd, many of them fellow politicians, as he talked about what was on the minds of many of his constituents.

  • Event gives ‘Voice’ to black community

    The guests at the church dining room had been talking and lunching on bean soup and cornbread when Carrie Stivers rose to speak — not in her voice, but that of Eliza Rawls, a free black woman in Bardstown about the time of the Civil War, when some of her kin were slaves at Federal Hill.

    “People ’round here in Bardstown, they call me Lizie … and a lot of white people call me Aunt Eliza. I ain’t no kin to none of them people!” she said, introducing herself as her listeners laughed.

  • ‘Oh Freedom!’

    Gathered on the floor of the gym, students at Bardstown Elementary School listened as Jazmin Salaberrios and Marquese Carter walked them through a series of songs that helped shape history.

    “As opera singers, it is an honor and privilege for us to use our voices to share with you the stories and struggles of African Americans to freedom and civil rights,” Salaberrios said, introducing the special program from The Kentucky Opera.

  • Nelson County School Board to meet Feb. 20

    The Nelson County Schools Board of Education will meet at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, at the Central Office. The Central Office is located at 288 Wildcat Lane in Bardstown. The agenda is attached. The board will also meet at 7 p.m. the same night and will enter into a closed session regarding student discipline and a closed session for discussion that might lead to the appointment of an employee. Both KRS 61.810(1)(f).


    Feb. 20 5 p.m.

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Feb. 18, 2018

    Relay for Life
    The Relay for Life teams will have a soup fundraiser at 6 p.m. Monday, Feb. 19, in the Bardstown Middle School cafeteria. The next meeting will be at 6 p.m. Monday, March 5, in The Kentucky Standard conference room. The pie auction is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Tuesday, March 13, at the Nelson County Civic Center.

    The next public Anatok meeting will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Old Courthouse.

    Nelson County NAACP meeting

  • DECISION 2018: Hutchins seeks fourth term as 2nd District magistrate

    Magistrate Sam Hutchins likes to finish what he started. That’s why, after representing the 2nd District on the Nelson County Fiscal Court for almost 12 years, he’s seeking a fourth term.

    “I still have some things I want to do,” Hutchins said Thursday afternoon after spending most of the day in Frankfort at a meeting of the Kentucky Association of Counties, discussing transportation funding, county employees’ pensions and other matters he has to deal with in his public role.