Today's News

  • Nelson County preschool to see changes next year

    In a decision that would potentially save the district thousands, the Nelson County Early Learning Center will see some big changes next year, including cutting midday bus transportation for preschool students.

    Following a presentation Tuesday night by Director of Elementary Schools Ann Marie Williams and other district staff, the board approved changes affecting not only transportation but also changes that would extend the school day, increase the number of instructional days and lower tuition in 2018-2019.

  • ‘Oh Freedom!’

    Gathered on the floor of the gym, students at Bardstown Elementary School listened as Jazmin Salaberrios and Marquese Carter walked them through a series of songs that helped shape history.

    “As opera singers, it is an honor and privilege for us to use our voices to share with you the stories and struggles of African Americans to freedom and civil rights,” Salaberrios said, introducing the special program from The Kentucky Opera.

  • Event gives ‘Voice’ to black community

    The guests at the church dining room had been talking and lunching on bean soup and cornbread when Carrie Stivers rose to speak — not in her voice, but that of Eliza Rawls, a free black woman in Bardstown about the time of the Civil War, when some of her kin were slaves at Federal Hill.

    “People ’round here in Bardstown, they call me Lizie … and a lot of white people call me Aunt Eliza. I ain’t no kin to none of them people!” she said, introducing herself as her listeners laughed.

  • Solar panels law discussed in Boston

    Boston Food Mart may seem like an unusual place for men in worn blue jeans and work boots to be talking about solar panels, but that was what was on the menu for Coffee with Chad Saturday.

    State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, was surrounded by a mostly male crowd, many of them fellow politicians, as he talked about what was on the minds of many of his constituents.

  • Owner of solar panels: It’s not about dollars

    Bill Jones recently installed several large solar panels on the hillside behind his house on Withrow Creek Road to provide some of the energy for his and his wife’s country home.

    It may take many years to recover the $6,000 he has invested in the system, including the panels, underground wires and inverter. But that isn’t the point.

    “I’m getting nine or 10 dollars a month maybe. That’s not why I did it. It was more to be green,” he said.

  • County approves Woodlawn Springs development

    Four of Nelson County’s five magistrates on Tuesday supported the Planning Commission’s recommendation to approve Woodlawn Springs Golf Course’s redevelopment as a neighborhood.

    The controversial proposal by Chris Osborne and his family is to turn the 140 acres into residential development similar to what’s around it — houses where there are houses and townhouses where there are already multi-family residences.

  • County district to discuss threats, concerns and protocol with students

    Threats against schools being made on social media are a problem dozens of schools across the state are currently facing, and Nelson County is not immune.

    In response, Interim Superintendent Tom Brown is encouraging all Nelson County Schools to set aside some time on Thursday to discuss with students recent tragedies in Kentucky and Florida.

    In an email Monday afternoon from District Assessment Coordinator Kim Brown, school principals were advised to create the presentations following a series of minor threats made across the district.

  • Chaplin fire caused by child playing with lighter

    Firefighters put out a fire on Taylorsville Road in Chaplin Monday afternoon that was apparently caused by a child playing with a lighter, according to Chief Ted Shields of the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District.

    Shields said the fire was contained to the bedroom where it started, but there was also minor smoke and water damage in the rest of the house.

    The fire was in the 5000 block and was reported to E-911 Dispatch at 4:41 p.m.

    Nelson County Fire and Rescue provided mutual aid.

  • Bulky item pickup begins Monday

    Rural residents with old furniture, appliances and other big things they want to get rid of should be gathering them up this week. The Nelson County bulky item pickup starts Monday.

    County employees will go around country roads and neighborhoods outside city limits to pick up items residents want to discard.

  • Relay for Life hosts first 2018 fundraiser

    Relay for Life of Nelson County fared well Monday at its first fundraiser of 2018, bringing in $809.63 among four teams. Continuing with tradition, the local Relay chapter hosted a soup fundraiser, allowing guests to sample a series of homemade soups and make donations for the ones they liked best.

    The Kroger Curesaders team raised more than half of Monday’s total — $469.68 — and walked away with the “winner’s ladle.” Other participating teams were the Michael Smith Memorial, The Kentucky Standard and Relay Angels.