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  • Author offers writing workshop at Old Kentucky Home Middle School

    Sixth-graders at Old Kentucky Home Middle School studied the impact of word choice Wednesday as they created their own writing samples and received feedback from author Mary Knight. The workshop was part Knight’s two-day visit to the school.

    “I talked about how to write with empathy,” Knight said. “What we are really after as writers is to inspire our readers to step into our character’s shoes; to see how they see and to feel what they feel.”

  • Jail logs, April 10-12

    Julie Ann Gonzalez, 63, endangering the welfare of a minor, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana, possession of marijuana, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (cocaine) (all 2018 criminal case, previously indicted).

    Scott Jason Lucas, 30, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified) (both 2018 criminal case, previously indicted).

    Ronald Colton Jones, 29, driving on a DUI-suspended license (third offense aggravated circumstance) (2017 traffic case).

  • Watts gives new names to five roads

    Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts has given new names to five more roads in the county in executive orders issued March 26 and 27.

    In the first order, he named the part of the former Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) in Cox’s Creek from addresses 6688 to 8865 Old Louisville Road, and named the section from 6455 to 6645 Old Louisville Court. Another section is now Old Louisville Road Connector.

  • McCoy worked to pass legislation on liquor, porn, visitation rights

    Chad McCoy’s second session as Nelson County’s state representative was a busy one, especially at the end.

    “You know that old phrase about sausage and legislation; you don’t want to see how they’re made. I think that’s true here,” he said.

  • ‘Teachers united, we won’t be divided’

    The day after Gov. Matt Bevin signed a controversial pension reform bill into law, teachers across the commonwealth took to social media and other platforms calling for action. In Bardstown, the response included a rally of a few dozen teachers and community members on Court Square.

    “We can’t sit around and wait for someone else to stand up for us,” said Tiffany Parrish, a teacher with Nelson County High School.

  • County schools dismissing early Friday for Frankfort rally

    Nelson County Schools will be closing two-and-a-half hours early on Friday to allow teachers a chance to attend a rally in Frankfort. 

    Interim Superintendent Tom Brown said the decision, made in conjunction with the Nelson County Education Association, came after the district learned that several teachers wanted to participate in what the statewide teachers union is calling a “day of action at the Capitol” in response Gov. Matt Bevin’s signing of a pension reform bill on Tuesday and his veto of budget and tax reform bills.

  • Antique Show vendors showcase unique items

    Tucked in the corner of Grace Lilly’s booth at the 51st Historic Bardstown Antiques Show, a 1920s table lamp with a castle scene painted on its glass shade caught the eye of a few patrons as they meandered about the aisles. The piece, priced at $1,150, has a history.

    “This sat on their piano for years,” said Lilly, owner of the Indiana-based Nothing New Antiques, as she referenced the lamp that belonged to her late aunt and uncle. The couple owned a restaurant and bar, the Nellenbach Hofbrau, in upstate New York for years.

  • Heaven Hill fills 8 millionth barrel

    Right before addressing the crowd gathered Monday at Heaven Hill’s cistern facility, the company’s president, Max Shapira, candidly joked “Why are we here?”

    But make no mistake — he knew. It’s just that milestone barrel-filling events at the distillery keep happening so fast, it’s probably hard to keep up with the pace.

  • McCoy defends votes on taxes, budget, pensions

    Depending on how it’s viewed, the General Assembly’s tax reform plan will either raise taxes on most Kentuckians or lower them.

    A study by the liberal Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington, D.C., released a study this week showing that Republican legislators’ 11th hour tax plan, which Gov. Matt Bevin vetoed Monday along with their budget, would cut taxes for the wealthy and raise them for 95 percent of Kentuckians.

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