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Government

  • County’s budget includes $750,000 for renovations at amphitheater

    The county government’s $22 million spending plan for the coming fiscal year includes three-quarters of a million dollars for renovation of the Stephen Foster Drama Association’s J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre.

  • Hart first candidate to file for City Council

    Betty Kelley Hart is the first candidate for the Bardstown City Council and the first for any city office in Nelson County in the Nov. 6 election.

    She filed her papers Wednesday with the county clerk.

    It is her first political race.

    “I’ve been a candidate’s wife and a candidate’s mother, but never a candidate,” she said.

    Hart is the mother of District Judge Jack Kelley and the ex-wife of his father, former County Attorney John Kelley, who currently sits on the City Council.

  • Guthrie confronted about debt, drugs, probe

    Dreamers, drugs and the debt were among the issues Congressman Brett Guthrie talked about with constituents during a town hall-style forum Thursday at the Old Courthouse.

    Although Guthrie changed the format from the one-on-one approach of the past to keep anyone from dominating the discussion, Charlie Holbert of New Haven spent half of the time talking about the growing national debt. At one point, he got up in the congressman’s face about the $21 trillion the government owes.

  • Why they lost: Hutchins, Figg may have been undone by issues largely beyond their control

    Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill used to say, “All politics is local.” He meant that to be successful, even a national leader has to pay attention to the personal, everyday issues his constituents care about.

    But the opposite is also true. Local politicians are often at the mercy of situations and regulations that are largely beyond their control.

    Results of last Tuesday’s local elections in Nelson County offer a couple of examples.

  • Most incumbents to face challengers in November election

    Nelson County was once so heavily Democratic that the party’s primary in May often was the main event in an election year, and the fall race, pitting Democrats against Republicans, was almost an afterthought.

    Those days are long gone.

    This year’s Nov. 6 general election promises to be a robust affair with those who emerged winners in last Tuesday’s primaries facing serious challengers in county and state contests.

  • Pineiroa comes out on top in Democratic sheriff’s race

    Ramon Pineiroa’s voice was hoarse from emotion Tuesday night as the last of his scouts came into his election night headquarters to tell him he had come out on top in a three-way race for the Democratic nomination for sheriff.

    “It’s overwhelming,” he said as people gathered at his celebration cheered in the background. “Man, it is overwhelming.”

    Pineiroa had sent runners to get the precinct results before they were tabulated by local media.

    It was the last operation in a race that stretched back to last year.

  • Harper wins GOP sheriff’s race with two-thirds of total

    Todd Harper won a resounding victory Tuesday night in his quest for the Republican nomination for Nelson County Sheriff.

    Harper won with 1,213 votes, or 62 percent, over his opponent, Chris Middleton, who garnered 756 votes, according to The Standard’s unofficial results.

    Harper congratulated his fellow Republican, who like him is a Louisville Metro police officer and a first-time candidate.

  • Snellen wins Democratic nomination for jailer

    John “Buck” Snellen has unseated longtime Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg after he won the Democratic nomination in Tuesday night’s primary election. Snellen will now face Republican challenger James Beery in November.

    In talking with voters, Snellen said many felt it was time for a change.

    “Dorcas is a good person, and I think the world of her,” he said. “But I think it is time to move on.”

  • Watts wins primary bid for county judge

    The third time wasn’t the charm for Kenny Fogle.

    County Judge-Executive Dean Watts won Tuesday’s primary to claim a spot in November’s election where he will run for a seventh term for the office he’s held since 1994.

    The final count was 3,410 to 2,645 or 56 to 44 percent.

    “He gets closer every time he runs against me,” was the first thing Watts said when he was asked to comment on the race.

  • Sidebottom to face Pulliam for Nelson County Clerk

    Jeanette Hall Sidebottom will face Republican candidate Kelly Pulliam for Nelson County Clerk come November after winning the Democratic nomination in Tuesday’s primary election. This is the third time she has run for the office, and she was happy to take the win in the primary.

    “I want to thank all of my supporters. If it wasn’t for the people of Nelson County, I would never have got this far,” Sidebottom said Tuesday night. “I am very, very tickled with their support.”