Today's News

  • Winter's last blast

    It sure didn’t look like spring.

    The heaviest snowfall of winter arrived hours after spring came, according to the calendar, Tuesday afternoon, and by the next morning had blanketed Nelson County in a thick coat of white.

    The streets and roads in Bardstown, though, didn’t become hazardous until around 7 a.m., and by then it was too late for many to decide to stay home.

    Sheriff Mike Newton said there was only light snow where he lives in New Haven, and U.S. 31E was clear until he got to Bardstown, and that’s where it got bad.

  • Finalists named for local superintendent positions

    Out of a combined 36 candidates, seven applicants have been named as finalists for local superintendent positions, including two local principals, two current superintendents, two district directors and an assistant superintendent who is a finalist for both districts.

  • Public has chance to meet superintendent candidates

    Starting Tuesday, the community will have a chance to meet candidates pursuing the position of Nelson County Schools Superintendent as the district hosts showcases throughout the week.

  • Area school districts approve implementation of S.T.O.P. tipline

    Students and community members will soon have an additional resource to report safety concerns to schools after both public school districts approved agreements with the Kentucky Center for School Safety to offer a tipline.

    The Bardstown City and Nelson County Boards of Education each approved implementing the S.T.O.P. Tipline, a free resource from the KCSS, at their monthly meetings Tuesday. District representatives had previously participated in a training and information session about the tipline earlier this month.

  • County officials still not sold on state broadband

    Nelson County officials still aren’t convinced that a statewide fiber optic broadband network would significantly benefit local residents, but County Judge-Executive Dean Watts told the magistrates this week he’s going to ask them for an “up or down vote” on a franchise agreement with the state project’s private partner, Bluegrass Network (Bluegrass Cellular), at the next meeting, on April 3.

  • Jail logs, March 20-22, 2018

    Scott Edward Isgrigg, 47, contempt of court.

    Melanie Elaine Masden, 38, parole violation.

    Jimmy Wayne Noble, 51, non-payment of fines (2016 misdemeanor case).

    Gary Wayne Kinder, Jr., 27, public intoxication by a controlled substance excluding alcohol, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified).

    Stephen Clyde Shook, 46, being held for another county, failure to appear (2003 civil case).

    Rickie Stovall, 24, contempt of court.

  • Bardstown man accused of sex crimes against foster children

    UPDATE: Innes was indicted Feb. 7 on one count of first-degree rape and two counts of sodomy. His bail was set at $500,000 cash only, plus conditions. His arraignment in court is Feb. 22, 2018.

    A Bardstown man was arrested Wednesday on two felony charges of first-degree sodomy and one felony charge of first-degree rape for allegations involving three minors.

  • OPINION: Blue pinwheels for child abuse prevention

    During the month of April, you may see a gaily spinning blue pinwheel in someone’s yard or office, in front of the Old Courthouse or on the table of a restaurant. That toy reminds us of the innocent joyfulness of childhood play.

    But what these pinwheels stand for is the loss of innocence of the 33,417 documented and substantiated cases of abused and neglected children involved in the court system in Kentucky last year.

  • EDITORIAL: McKay’s hiring as CEO brings family’s vision full-circle

    A family’s mission has come full circle with the recent announcement that Rick McKay will take over as the first CEO of Guthrie Opportunity Center. McKay’s mother, Nancy Guthrie McKay, was one of the founding members of the organization — along with Virginia Denn — in 1974.

  • EDITORIAL: Historic District creation planted seeds for what we are today

    A good case can be made that the seed that eventually established Bardstown as one of the most beautiful small towns in America was planted 50 years ago by Mayor Gus Wilson and his City Council when they approved an ordinance establishing a historic district.

    Through the years, the overlay map district has been expanded, refined, subjected to legal challenge and has seen some aspects of its enforcement moved to different agencies, but the overall focus has remained the same.