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Government

  • Paul not backing down on health care

    Establishment Republicans warn that if conservatives continue their “rebellion” against Speaker Paul Ryan’s American Health Care Act, it will cost the party in next year’s election. But Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., told a Bardstown crowd Thursday the opposite is true.

  • Growth to be job one for new management

    Growing the economy and bringing more jobs to Bardstown will be his main priorities in the next 20 months, Mayor Dick Heaton told reporters at a press conference Tuesday. But his first task at hand this week would be to mend the frayed cords between the Mayor’s Office and the city workers.

    Heaton said he intended

    to have a staff meeting Wednesday.

    “I think one of the main things we need to do is to sit down with the employees and assure them,” he said, and rebuild their confidence and morale.

  • Local unemployment office to open two days per week

    Bardstown no longer has a full-time Office of Employment and Training — which most people refer to as the “unemployment office” — but its services will be offered at the same location as before two days a week, according to state officials.

    In February, state Education Secretary Hal Heiner announced that that state would consolidate 31 Office of Education and Training sites at 51 Kentucky Career Centers into 12 regional hubs and eight satellite offices.

  • Watts proposes $24 million budget

    Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts proposed a $24 million county budget for 2018 that is about $3 million more than the current spending plan.

    The increase is largely attributable to a carryover of approximately $4.4 million from the current fiscal year.

    Watts explained that there were many areas where the county didn’t spend as much as expected, such as in $100,000 budgeted for road salt as a result of the mild winter and $250,000 less than budgeted on fuel costs.

  • Mayor’s removal hearing hinges on lawsuit hearing

    A hearing scheduled for early Wednesday morning could potentially give Bardstown Mayor John Royalty a reprieve from a hearing a few hours later that could remove him from office.

    A hearing has been scheduled for Wednesday morning before Circuit Court Judge Charles Simms in the lawsuit Royalty filed April 5 against the Bardstown City Council.

    Part of that lawsuit sought a delay or permanent injunction from the hearing scheduled for Wednesday at 10 a.m.

  • Whirlwind session

    Beginning his career as a state representative when his Republican Party was in control of the Kentucky House for the first time in 95 years was a heady experience for Chad McCoy.

    “It was very exciting for me, and I’m surprised at how much I enjoyed it,” the Bardstown lawyer who succeeded longtime legislator David Floyd, said Thursday. “I think we did a lot of good, and I was proud to be part of it.”

  • Lawyers (and fees) keep being added to council’s attempt to remove mayor

    The roster of lawyers involved in the Bardstown City Council’s effort to remove Mayor John Royalty continues to grow.

    Tuesday night, another name was added to the list.

    Former City Attorney Bruce Reynolds was selected to represent the city in case Royalty’s attorneys attempted to file a motion in court to delay the hearing past the scheduled date of April 12. His services would only be obtained if needed, and would cost the city $150 an hour. On Wednesday, Royalty filed suit.

  • Council tending to details of mayor’s removal hearing

    The Bardstown City Council spent Tuesday night’s working session attending to details of the hearing scheduled for next week that could potentially remove from office Mayor John Royalty, who did not attend.

    Two more lawyers were added to the mix.

    Doughlas M. “Dodie” George, a retired circuit court judge from Lebanon, was approved as the hearing officer for Wednesday’s hearing.

  • Origin of court records still not confirmed

    The investigation report into Mayor John Royalty’s administration laid out a thorough theory on the origination of many of the documents comprised by anonymous packets revealed at the Nov. 1 city council session.

    The vast majority of those documents were about Councilwoman Kecia Copeland and included two reports from fires at her past residences, an internet rant about her from several years ago and several pages from a professional-level account with the Administrative Office of the Courts that detailed minor traffic violations and small claims court cases.

  • Investigators say mayor continued to monitor emails after election

    Mayor John Royalty is accused of ordering city workers to gain access to Councilwoman Kecia Copeland’s email in October, but investigators also say he continued to monitor her communications after the election and after her attorney sent him a cease and desist order.

    Royalty gained access to Copeland’s account through her city-owned iPad in October, according to the investigation’s findings that were presented Tuesday.

    But in December, Copeland was issued a new, “official iPad” and returned her old tablet.