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  • 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.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from Feb. 15

    Officials being proactive on pothole repairs

    Unseasonably cold temperatures and heavy moisture over the past few weeks have forced New Haven drivers to avoid potholes on city streets, and Commissioner Joe Larry Mattingly is urging the local governing body to be proactive in repairing them.

  • State leases amphitheater to county

    The state government is leasing the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre at My Old Kentucky Home State Park to the Nelson County Fiscal Court so that the county can make safety and structural repairs.

    The week after the county magistrates voted Feb. 6 to authorize County Judge-Executive Dean Watts to enter into a lease agreement with the state, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced that the state, too, had signed off on the deal.

  • Jail logs, Feb. 15-16, 2018

    Joseph Lee Tinnell, 35, contempt of court (2014 criminal case).

    Thomas Ray Yocum, 36, parole violation.

    Sara Kathryn Burgin, 36, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (less than two grams meth) (2017 criminal case).