Today's News

  • Former accountant pleads guilty to embezzling from monastery

    The former accountant for the Abbey of Gethsemani admitted to embezzling more than $1 million from the monastery and agreed to serve a 20-year prison sentence Friday.

    John Hutchins entered into a plea agreement, in which he pleaded guilty to more than 100 embezzlement charges stemming from a months-long investigation that revealed that Hutchins and his wife, Carrie, used the monastery’s funds to purchase cars, trips, televisions and several other items during a timeframe that spanned more than five years.

  • Three men arrested for failing to comply with sex offender registry

    Three men were arrested Friday for failing to comply with a sex offender registry.

    Bardstown Police arrested Travis S. Hill, 25, of Bloomfield, James M. Clark, 35, of Bardstown, and David M. Hood, 34, of Bardstown, as part of the department’s ongoing cyber crimes investigations, according to a press release.

    The three men were charged with failure to comply with the sex offender registry and sex offender in a chat/social media network.

  • ‘They don’t know they’re dead’

    How did she know?

    In the spooky basement of the old Wickland mansion, 7-year-old Mason was wide-eyed as his father, Gary Huffman, asked questions of another boy who was both there and not there.

    “When Mason was almost a year old, at my mom’s house, did my dad come and visit him?” Huffman asked Antoine, the slave boy whose spirit the group was channeling.

    Slowly the copper dowsing rods Huffman was holding began to turn inward until they crossed — a definite yes.

    The medium, Katie Wilhite, then asked Mason a question.

  • Old Post Office building celebrates a century of service

    Tom Cecil’s father, Francis Cecil, was the postmaster of the old U.S. Post Office building on Court Square in Bardstown, until it moved to West Stephen Foster Avenue in the late 1960s.

    The elder Cecil is now deceased, but he left behind a history in celluloid of the grand brick building, which is 100 years old this year.

  • Increased heroin use takes a toll on health, others

    With the increase of heroin abuse in the area, health officials said they have seen a staggering influx of patients in the emergency room with complications — and in some cases overdoses .

    “There is definitely an increase,” said Stacie Bush, owner and drug and alcohol counselor with the R.E.A.C.H. program in Nelson County. “It’s definitely an epidemic.”

    Officials have also become aware of the lengths people go to hide their heroin addiction, such as injecting the drug between their toes, and more people are carrying syringes.

  • Police investigating suspected counterfeiter

    Bardstown Police are investigating a man they believe has been passing counterfeit bills at several local businesses.

    Bardstown Police Capt. Tom Roby said the suspect used several $50 counterfeit bills at five area businesses. All of the bills dated back to the 1950s.

    “They look like real, old money,” Roby said of the counterfeit bills.

    Police posted surveillance video of the suspect on its Facebook page Tuesday.

  • Councilmen, mayor feuding again over employee raises

    The feud between some members of the Bardstown City Council and Mayor Bill Sheckles, which had been simmering since summer, has flared up again, just days before the Nov. 4 election in which one of the members is challenging Sheckles for re-election.

  • Hit-and-run call leads to drug arrest
  • Jail Logs: Oct. 30-31

    Oct. 30-31

    Robert William Moore, 34, manufacturing methamphetamine, fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia.

    Tabatha Lynn N. Davis, 24, manufacturing methamphetamine, fourth-degree controlled substance endangerment to a child, possession of marijuana, drug paraphernalia.

    Donald Joseph Hedges, 53, manufacturing methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia, second-degree disorderly conduct, alcohol intoxication.

    Christopher S. Parker, 20, trafficking in marijuana.

  • Jail Logs: Oct. 29-30

    Joseph Steven Gilkey, 50, second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Pamela Kay Rhodes, 47, violations of conditions of release.

    John Wesley S. Monin, 31, probation violation.

    Steven Owen Bond, 39, fourth-degree assault.

    Charles F. Girdley, 42, probation violation.

    Zachary C. Parkerson, 22, contempt of court.

    William G. Erick, 50, failure to appear.