• Three vie for the governor’s mansion




    Three candidates are seeking the governor’s seat in November. But, while each candidate has distinct differences, all agree that the economy and, more importantly, getting Kentuckians back to work, is among the top issues facing the Bluegrass state.

    Landmark News Service,  of which The Kentucky Standard is a part, sent questionnaires to all three candidates. Below are their responses.


    Steve Beshear

  • Nelson Fiscal Court magistrates hesitant about animal kennel takeover

    A few Nelson Fiscal Court magistrates expressed reservations at Tuesday’s meeting about relinquishing some control of the Nelson County Animal Kennel should a private organization take over its day-to-day operations.

  • Williams criticizes Beshear on campaign stop

    Republican gubernatorial candidate David Williams lambasted his opponent, Gov. Steve Beshear, for recently participating in a Hindu ceremony. Williams was in Bardstown campaigning with his running mate Richie Farmer and other Republican candidates at Circa Restaurant Tuesday.

    Williams told supporters Beshear used poor judgment when he participated in a Hindu ground blessing ceremony at a manufacturing plant in Elizabethtown. The News-Enterprise in Elizabethtown covered the ceremony.

  • Attorney general candidates draw their lines before Nov. 8 election




    Despite advertisements and debates to the contrary, attorney general candidates Jack Conway and Todd P’Pool do have a few things in common.

    Conway, the Democratic candidate and current attorney general, will face P’Pool, the Republican candidate, on Election Day, Nov. 8.

    Conway, 42, believes his record shows his dedication to the attorney general’s office, a position he has held since 2008.

  • 2011 Democratic candidates visit Bardstown

    Democratic candidates for several state offices rolled into Bardstown on a tour bus Wednesday to campaign at the Talbot Tavern before the election Nov 8.

    Lieutenant Gubernatorial candidate Jerry Abramson, Secretary of State candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes, Auditor candidate Adam Edelen and Agricultural Commissioner candidate Bob Farmer talked to residents about the upcoming election.

  • Comprehensive plan for Nelson County approved

    Nelson County has a new comprehensive plan, designed to contain more information and be easier to read than any plan that has come before it. The Joint City-County Planning Commission of Nelson County approved the sixth draft of the plan, which the commission has been discussing for several months, at Tuesday night’s meeting.

    The approval came after an open house of more than an hour in which no one from the public appeared to ask questions or comment on the plan.

  • Open carry advocate returns to City Council

    A man who openly carried a handgun to a Bardstown City Council meeting two weeks ago returned Tuesday to see if the city had looked into city ordinances concerning firearms that he said violated state law.

    Bardstown Mayor Bill Sheckles motioned to adjourn a regular City Council meeting Tuesday when McBride raised his hand.

  • Library board earns a clean audit report

    The Nelson County Library Board of Trustees met with Jason Strange, CPA for Smith & Company, at a special meeting Thursday.

    Strange delivered financial statements, supplementary information and the independent audit from the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

    “The staff was very cooperative and the audit went very smoothly,” Strange said.

    Strange reported revenues were higher than expenses. There was a $293,000 positive change in the general fund in the 2010-2011 fiscal year.

  • New Haven to apply for $500,000 grant for senior center

    At the New Haven Board of Commissioners meeting Thursday, City Clerk Linda Mattingly outlined the commissioners plans for submitting an application for a  Community Development Block Grant through the Lincoln Trail Area District for $500,000 to build a Senior Citizens Center onto Barry Hall at the Park in New Haven. 

  • Mayor feels library's decision is a ‘slap in the face’

    “We are getting a raw deal,” New Haven Mayor Bobby Johnson said during Thursday’s New Haven Board of Commissioners meeting.

    Johnson was referring to the new Nelson County Library branch being built in the city. While construction is moving along, the New Haven Board of Commissioners is none to happy the Nelson County Library Board of Trustees has decided to pull a proposed sprinkler system out of the plans due to a cost overrun.