Today's News

  • Iowa man sentenced for Bardstown assault

    Although indicted for trying to kill his girlfriend by drowning her, an Iowa man was sentenced to a lesser crime last week. A plea agreement reduced his charges and ultimately, the time he could have spent in prison.

    Randall H. Sorrell, 42, was in Nelson County April 21, 2007, when a dispute with his then-girlfriend led to an assault and the allegations he tried to kill her. When the Fort Madison man returned home, he was arrested a short time later when the woman he assaulted told authorities there what occurred in Kentucky.

  • Wachovia Insurance names Louisville leader

    Wachovia Insurance Services has named Patrick Conway as head of its Louisville office.

    Conway has more than 19 years of experience in the commercial Property & Casualty insurance industry, and has spent the past four years as the sales leader for Wachovia Insurance Services in Kentucky and Tennessee.

  • Hard choice in picking candidates is now

    If it’s any consolation, this is the hard part. When it comes time for the general election campaign, voters will be faced with a clear choice on the major issues. The primaries, meanwhile, are forcing us to figure out not just who the candidates are but who we are as well.

  • Court Sentencings

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

  • Tourism shifts leadership, sets plans for 2008

    Near the end of a two-day retreat last week, the board of the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission held its first meeting of 2008. At that time new officers were installed and the outgoing chairman of the board turned over the helm of the group.

    Nicky Rapier, who had served as chair for two years, turned over control of the group to Bill McCloskey, who had been chair-elect for quite some time. Rapier remains on the board, as does the rest of the group. The chairs have shuffled for this year, but the members remain intact.

  • Local guard unit is set to return Monday

    Without a serious injury or fatality among them, the local guard unit that spent more than a year in Iraq is set to return to Kentucky Monday. The roughly 160 troops are in Fort Dix, N.J., awaiting a flight to Louisville.

    The Bardstown-based C Battery, 2nd 138th Army National Guard Unit was sent off in grand fashion October 2006. More than 1,500 people attended the ceremony, held in the gymnasium of Nelson County High School.

  • Development hits 12-year low

    Development in Nelson County dipped slightly last year in the residential sector, making it the least-developed year in more than 12 years.

    In 2007, 200 single-family dwellings were built, 52 less than in the previous year. This dip was far less drastic than it was the year before, 2006, when it dropped by 138 from 2005.

    “We have saturated the market with all levels of houses — and now we’ll play catch up to try to get houses full before we build more,” Kim Huston, president of Nelson County Economic Development Agency, said.

  • New Haven amends business license for temporary workers

    Those working in the city of New Haven on a temporary basis will soon have a temporary business license available to them.

    New Haven city commissioners voted to amend the city’s business license ordinance in its first reading Thursday. If the ordinance passes its second reading in February, a $10, 10-day license will be available for purchase for those building things such as a deck or fence, said commissioner Freddy DeWitt. A seasonal license will also be available for $25.

  • Community Notes


    Volunteer drivers for cancer program needed

    Volunteer drivers are needed for the American Cancer Society’s Road to Recovery Program. Cancer patients need assistance in getting to their treatment centers. Call 348-2686 for information.

    Bloomfield Elementary SBDM to meet

    Bloomfield Elementary School-Based Decision Making Council will meet 5 p.m. Feb. 20 in the SBDM conference room No. 105.


  • Nelson overcomes poor shooting to prevent upset bid



    Samantha Drake sparked a 6-2 Nelson County run to end the game Friday, helping the Cardinals hold off upset-minded Bethlehem 44-40.

    Nelson County improved to 11-9 overall and 4-1 in 19th District play. Cardinal coach Kelly Wood said the demanding schedule his team has played this season helped the Cards overcome a stubborn Banshee team.

    “We’ve been through the wars — I think it showed tonight,” he said. “Had we not, I think it might have been different.”