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Government

  • What about swastikas?

    The Bourbon Capital Community Alliance and others would like to change Bardstown’s laws to allow murals on buildings, but City Council members have concerns about content.

    The current proposal would prohibit only commercial messages, because billboards are also prohibited. Other than that, City Attorney Tim Butler said, the city government might be treading on thin ice if it banned a message, whether it’s in the form of words or images.

    What if a neo-Nazi group wanted a swastika?

  • Dudgeon files for mayor of Bloomfield

     

    With less than a week left before the filing deadline, only one Bloomfield resident has offered himself as a candidate for mayor.

    Councilman Christopher Michael Dudgeon, 34, filed his papers Monday at the Nelson County Clerk’s Office.

    A newcomer to the community, Dudgeon has been on the council for less than a year. He was appointed last October to replace Jim Glisson when he stepped down after three years.

  • Watts proposes to keep county tax rate at 14.3

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts recommended to the Nelson County Fiscal Court Tuesday that they not change the county’s property tax rates.

    If the magistrates were to keep the rate for real estate at 14.3 cents per $100 of assessed valuation — or $14.30 for every $10,000 — it would bring in an estimated $4,019,818, and personal property taxed at the same rate would bring in an extra $1,140,502. It’s estimated $79,606 of the additional income would be from new property added to the tax rolls.

  • Buckman files for fourth term

    Bardstown City Councilman Joe Buckman is the last of the incumbent members to seek re-election this year.

    Buckman filed Tuesday for a fourth term.

    He waited until a couple of weeks out from the Aug. 14 deadline because he wanted to see “if somebody else wanted to step up,” he said.

    When he saw there were few candidates running, he decided to make another run because he thinks Bardstown’s city government is in a good place now and wants to continue to be part of that.

  • Sheckles’ new sales job

    Monday was a busy day for Bill Sheckles.

    That morning was his last day at Conway-Heaton, the Ford dealership where he has sold cars and trucks for 32 years.

    At noon, he presided over a meeting of the Bardstown City Council for a public hearing on a bond issue for a school sports complex.

    And that afternoon, he was getting settled into his new office at Bardstown High School, where he is now the new truancy mediator and ombudsman for city schools.

    He believes it’s going to be a good change.

  • Incumbent, newcomer file for Bardstown City Council

    Dones wants to deliver value to taxpayers

    The Bardstown City Council’s only unelected member, David Dones, is running for a full two-year term after having served 15 months in that role.

    “I don’t think the city taxpayers have gotten their money out of me yet,” he said when asked why he’s running again.

  • Voices raised, harsh words exchanged at New Haven meeting

    Tempers flared as New Haven Mayor Tessie Cecil raised her voice and berated a city commissioner and a local resident during Thursday’s city commission meeting.

    The fireworks began soon after Commissioner Karl Lusk explained a bill from HMB, the city’s engineering firm on its sewer rehabilitation project. HMB managing partner Joe Grider had sent the bill to be included in the bond forfeiture process involving Jones Contracting.

    Commissioner Joe Larry Mattingly was opposed to paying the firm any more money.

  • After Putin Meeting, Trump Voters Mostly Dig In. But Cracks Are Showing.

    At a bar in central Pennsylvania, voters wondered if election meddling was really so terrible. At a mall in Arizona, they insisted that Trump had actually been quite tough on Russia until, well, whatever that was in Finland.

  • Bloomfield discusses bicentennial plans

    The calendar has just passed the halfway mark of the current year, but residents in Bloomfield are already looking forward to 2019.

    The northeast Nelson County community will be celebrating its bicentennial then, and Brent Long told the Bloomfield City Council at its Monday meeting there are several major events already in the works.

  • New state laws go into effect July 14

    FRANKFORT — Most new laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2018 session go into effect on Saturday, July 14.

    That means drivers will soon be required to leave at least three feet of space between their vehicles and cyclists they pass. Children under the age of 17 will not be allowed to get married. And penalties will get tougher for those who post sexually explicit images online without the consent of the person depicted.