• Fiscal Court looks at updated Comprehensive Plan

    The updated Nelson County Comprehensive Plan, adopted in October, is the product of seven years of work on the part of the Joint City-County Planning Commission, commission Director Janet Johnston-Crowe told Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday.

    “The Comprehensive Plan is required by state law. It is a guide for you as public officials and for private individuals to ensure that development occurs in a managed way,” Johnston-Crowe told the magistrates.

  • Armed man returns to City Council meeting

    Gun rights advocate Stephen McBride addressed Bardstown City Council members with a holstered magnum revolver at his side at a regular meeting Tuesday. This is not the first time McBride has been armed at a City Council meeting.

    When McBride, Shelbyville, addressed Bardstown City Council members six weeks ago, he said three city ordinances pertaining to gun ownership were illegal.

    “It turns out, there’s a fourth” he told council members Tuesday.

  • Poor economy means slowed revenue for planning commission

    The Joint City-County Planning Commission received a clean bill of health Tuesday — from its auditor, anyway.

    Linda Gray of Peercy & Gray CPAs reported no significant findings after an audit of the agency’s accounts for the 2010-2011 fiscal year, and delivered a clean audit, according to commission Director Janet Johnston-Crowe.

  • Library board appoints new trustee

    The Nelson County Library Board of Trustees appointed Molly Mattingly, Bardstown, as a trustee on the board at a special meeting Monday. Mattingly was sworn in earlier in the day by Judge-Executive Dean Watts.

    “We’re really happy to have her and we look forward to working with her in the future,” President Val Downs said.

    The board nominated secretary Barbara Headdy as vice president. Mattingly was nominated for the role of secretary to fill Headdy’s position.

  • Capital assets on increase for New Haven

    The New Haven Commissioners met Thursday evening and heard from Jason Strange of Smith & Associates accounting firm from Bardstown on the city’s annual audit. With only minor issues uncovered, the city’s financials were given a clean bill of health. Capital assets for New Haven in 2011 amounted to $4 million, up from $3.7 million last year. This includes water tanks, sidewalks, buildings, the sewer system and other properties owned by the city.

  • Murray Run residents upset at recent road change

    About 15 residents of Murray Run Road packed into a meeting of Nelson Fiscal Court Tuesday morning to express their concerns that recent renovations to the intersection of Murray Run and Hobbs Lane are unsafe.

  • Local restaurant tax revenue up sharply from 2010

    Cracker Barrel generated extra restaurant tax in September and October and has brought visitors from surrounding counties to Bardstown, Dawn Przystal, vice president of tourism and expansion and marketing for the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist & Convention Commission, told the tourist board Tuesday.

    “People from Nelson County used to drive to Elizabethtown to go to Cracker Barrel,” Przystal said.

  • Bloomfield resident questions annexation

    Bloomfield resident Josephine Jones addressed Bloomfield City Council Monday night asking for an explanation why her property was set to be annexed.

    Jones is the owner of one of two properties the city is annexing into the Bloomfield city limits.

  • Comprehensive plan sets guidelines for growth, development throughout county

    This article is the first in a two-part series profiling the newly revised Nelson County Comprehensive Plan. The first article will provide an overview of the plan’s purpose; the second article will address transportation, parks and recreation study and related recommendations. The next article will be published in the Nov. 20 edition of The Kentucky Standard.


  • Woodworking shop design approved

    The Nelson County Development Review Board approved the design for a 6,625-square-foot cabinet shop and showroom at a meeting Tuesday morning.

    The new location for Heritage Cabinetry and Fine Woodworking is proposed for Filiatreau Lane. Owner Ray Stratton said his business has been open about two years.

    The proposed building would have a brick face, light gray metal panel sides and a burnished slate roof. Members of the Development Review Board agreed the colors were appropriate for the area and approved the proposal with little discussion.