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Today's News

  • Reward fund set up in Netherland case

    Family members of two women murdered in the Botland community announced Wednesday that a $2,500 reward is being offered to anyone who has information leading to an arrest in the case.

    Relatives of the late Kathy and Samantha Netherland gathered in front of Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown for a press conference where they announced the reward and recalled their lost loved ones.

    Stacey Hibbard, Kathy’s sister and Samantha’s aunt, spoke on behalf of the family in a prepared statement. The family did not answer any questions from the media.

  • Coroner fined $1,000 for ethics violation

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court on Thursday decided to fine Coroner Rayfield Houghlin $1,000 for violating the county's ethics ordinance by hiring his daughter, Rebecca, as his deputy.
    The vote was 4-1, with Magistrate Jeff Lear voting no because he thought the court should have accepted the entire recommendation of the Joint Ethics Board.
    In addition to the $1,000 fine, the board had recommended that Houghlin also require the coroner to reimburse the county for Rebecca Houghlin's $300-a-month salary and her annual training expenses.

  • Council decides for barber on sign law

    The day after the Bardstown City Council sided with a businesswoman accused of violating its sign ordinance, Rosemary Humkey displayed the sign on top of her car in front of her barber shop.

    She had not gotten a permit for the sign, as City Attorney Bruce Reynolds had advised her to do after the council decided 4-2 that she hadn’t broken the law because the wording was too ambiguous.

  • City, county reach agreement on garbage

    The day before it was scheduled to go to trial, city and county officials reached a settlement in a nine-year-old dispute over garbage collection.

    Following a closed-door meeting Tuesday night, members of the Bardstown City Council voted unanimously to approve an agreement to allow county sanitation workers to continue  collecting trash for residents they were serving before their neighborhoods were annexed by the city in 2005. In a special called meeting Thursday morning, the Nelson County Fiscal Court also approved the settlement.

  • Netherland family to release statement Wednesday

    Relatives of two women murdered in the Botland community plan an appeal to the public today in Elizabethtown.

    Family members of the late Kathy and Samantha Netherland will release a statement to the public during a press conference Wednesday at Kentucky State Police Post 4 in Elizabethtown.

    The conference will begin at 2 p.m.

    The Standard contacted Stephanie Thompson, Kathy’s sister, for more information Tuesday.

  • Cramming for a cause

    For the third year in a row, Cram-a-Cruiser collected enough donated school supplies to benefit hundreds of area students.

    The annual event, which is hosted by the Fraternal Order of Police Old Kentucky Home Lodge No. 43, had two police cruisers parked in front of Walmart over the weekend.

    As part of the event, people were able to place donated school supply items ranging from notebooks, paper towels and tissues to uniforms and shoes in either car.

  • Police searching for burglary suspect

    Bardstown Police have named a suspect they believe stole an undetermined amount of cash from Simply Vapors.

    Police posted a photo of 43-year-old James Lewis on Facebook Monday and said he is wanted in connection to a burglary of a local business. At press time, police had not located or arrested him.

    Police Chief Rick McCubbin confirmed Tuesday that Lewis is the prime suspect in the Simply Vapors burglary.

    McCubbin said Lewis took an undetermined amount of cash on several occasions from the business on East John Rowan Boulevard.

  • FABS hosting unique exhibit by local artist

    The Fine Arts of Bardstown Society is currently hosting an exhibit that features the work of local ceramics artist Matt Gaddie and sculptor Brian Somerville of Nashville, Tenn.

    Gaddie and Somerville attended the University of Evansville in Indiana together and have exhibited their work side-by-side several times in their careers.

    “We’ve been pretty fortunate to have this exhibition going on,” said Ed Swain, FABS president. “I think it has doubled our traffic since it has been set up.”

  • Jail Logs: July 23-24

    Lori K. Singleton, 51, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Michael A. Boland, 23, operating on suspended/revoked operators license, no/expired Kentucky registration receipt.

    David Orlando Smith, 36, fourth-degree assault.

    Andrea R. Cinnamon, 37, fourth-degree assault.

  • NCSB candidates bring unique perspectives

    Two candidates have filed for open seats on the Nelson County School Board’s Districts 1 and 4.

    The election is Nov. 4.

    Diane Breeding, of Cox’s Creek, has filed to represent District 4, currently being represented by Nicky Rapier, who announced his retirement from the Board in March.

    David Norman, of New Hope, has filed to represent District 1, currently represented by Frank Hall, who is leaving the board after three decades of service.