Local News

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings from Sept. 7

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.

    Marion L. Willis II, 35, of New Albany, Ind., was sentenced to five years in prison for flagrant non-support.Willis was conditionally discharged for a period of five years or until arrears paid, whichever is later. From Dec. 8, 2008, through April 30, 2016, Willis failed to provide support, resulting in an arrearage of $51,420.08.

  • Jail logs, Oct. 12-13, 2017

    Amanda Lynn Broaddus, 26, contempt of court.

    Celestia M. Hauler, 43, second-degree fleeing or evading police (on foot), second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, failure to notify change of address, third-degree criminal trespassing, failure to appear (2017).

    Bobby Lee Cornish, 28, probation violation.

    Thelma Gail Corder, 54, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol/drugs/etc.

    Joshua Carter Neal, 40, alcohol intoxication in a public place, second-degree disorderly conduct, resisting arrest.

  • Fegenbush named to ‘Farmers Hall of Fame’

    A man who would be easily recognized by anyone paying a visit to the Bardstown Farmer’s Market joined the Farmers Hall of Fame Tuesday night during the Nelson County Farm Bureau annual meeting at the Civic Center.

    Vice President P.J. Milburn announced Maurice “Apple” Fegenbush as the recipient of the annual recognition.

    “This year’s winner has been a lifelong farmer of many crops since he can remember,” Milburn said.

  • Jail logs for Oct. 10-12, 2017

    Leigh Ann Chesser, 33, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument.

    Mark Anthony Vittitow, 35, theft by unlawful taking or disposition, non-payment of fines (2016), failure to appear (2016 Marion County).

    Shaun Wayne Vittitoe, 37, non-payment of fines (2017).

    Harold M. Gribbins, 51, contempt of court (2014).

    Johnny Dale Bartley, 46, third-degree burglary, theft by unlawful taking or disposition (both 2017).

    Doris Jean Clark, 47, fourth-degree assault, second-degree wanton endangerment.

  • Bardstown amends city budget

    Bardstown’s city budget must be amended by $40,000 to pay the city’s settlement to Councilwoman Kecia Copeland.

    Last month the council agreed to pay her that amount to avoid a lawsuit against the city over actions against her by the former mayor, John Royalty, and members of his staff under his direction. Her allegations included defamation, violation of her privacy and civil rights, infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

    The payment releases the city from any liability.

  • Clark promoted to second-in-command in Sheriff’s office

    The Nelson County Sheriff’s Office has a new second in command.

    Sgt. Mike Clark was promoted to captain last week and will be what Sheriff Ed Mattingly called his “right-hand” in overseeing operations within the department.

    Deputy Ramon Pineiroa, who was previously second in command, was shifted to a team leader’s position in overseeing night patrols, Mattingly said.

  • Former Field of Terror gets a friendly makeover

    In an effort to reach a new audience, an FFA Autumn Fest will serve as this year’s fall activity to raise funds for the Nelson County and Thomas Nelson high school FFA chapters, replacing the long running “Field of Terror.”

    “We wanted to shift our focus to be more educational, and we noticed over the years there were a lot of families that were wanting to come to a farm-type atmosphere,” said agriculture teacher John Hammond. “We decided it would be best to really try to reach that demographic.”

  • Kentucky history stands proud at local home

    A totem pole in Kentucky?

    That might be one’s first thought when seeing the tall, carved ash tree in Ed and Louise Nalley’s front yard on Country Squire Lane.

    Totem poles are part of the culture of indigenous people of the Pacific Northwest, not the woodland tribes of the Bluegrass, but like those in Washington State and British Columbia, theirs tells a story.

    Their story.

  • New survivor wants women to stay strong

    Denise Cecil had two aunts go through breast cancer. One was diagnosed about seven years ago at age 49. Her great aunt died from the disease. Even with the family history, Cecil couldn’t believe what she was hearing when the doctor told her she had stage II breast cancer.

    “I was stunned, you know,” she said. “During all this time when they told me I had to go back to do another mammogram, I was like, ‘Oh, it’s nothing.’ When he called me that morning. I was shocked. I was actually shocked. Unfortunately, it was cancer.”

  • Council approves bonds for potential new distillery

    The Stoli Group, which bought Kentucky Owl Bourbon this year, hasn’t decided where to build its new distillery, but Bardstown is making a play for it.

    After an hour-long meeting Tuesday night, the Bardstown City Council unanimously approved a resolution to enter into an agreement to offer the company industrial revenue bonds in an amount up to $149,750 to build and equip a distillery, bottling plant and warehouses in Bardstown.