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Government

  • Republicans talk bringing ‘monumental change’

    A conservative revolution in Kentucky has resulted in epic change in state government, and Nelson County Republicans are hopeful the 2018 elections will cement that change into place and extend it to the local level.

    The county’s state representative, Chad McCoy, alluded to the election of Republicans to executive positions in Frankfort in 2015 and capturing the state House the following year when he said that “we’ve done a 180.”

  • ELECTION 2018: Candidates for county judge operate with contrasting styles

    The man who is vying to replace the top elected county position says that if voters choose him, he will bring a new style of governing to the county’s management.

    Kenny Fogle said the main issue on which he’s running against incumbent Judge-Executive Dean Watts is the “contrast in our leadership styles,” which, he described as different as “night and day.”

  • Attorney General: Bardstown violated open records law

    Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s office has found that the City of Bardstown violated the Open Records law when it denied a woman access to a copy of the back of a canceled check.

    On Feb. 28, Terena Franke requested from the city a copy of the front and back of a settlement check made out to Councilwoman Kecia Copeland to avoid a lawsuit stemming from the past mayor’s alleged inappropriate actions, according to the Attorney General’s open records decision 18-ORD-084.

  • City chickens ordinance, others, tabled at Tuesday meeting

    Because two members of the Bardstown City Council weren’t at the meeting Tuesday, the others decided to postpone the first reading of three of the four ordinances that were on the agenda.

    One would amend the city’s law prohibiting livestock within the city limits by allowing residents to raise chickens in town under strict regulations.

    The other two proposals would increase the pay of the mayor and council members for the first time in 20 years and provide for annual cost-of-living adjustments tied to the consumer price index.

  • Candidate alleges it’s conflict of interest for funeral home director to be coroner

    Doug Alexander, the Republican candidate for county coroner, had wanted the Board of Ethics to look into the issue of whether it’s a conflict of interest for Coroner Field Houghlin to be a funeral home director, but on Tuesday, the board refused to issue an advisory opinion.

    Houghlin, an owner of Houghlin & Greenwell funeral home, is seeking re-election as coroner, an office he has held for many years. He is the Democratic candidate, and Alexander is his only opponent.

  • Vittitoe running for 3rd District magistrate seat

    Selvey Vittitoe works long days in his tree-trimming business, but now he wants to branch out into public service by becoming Nelson County’s 3rd District magistrate.

    He’s hoping to fell Bernard Ice, but first, he would have to take down Philip Bischoff in the Republican primary.

    The two Republicans and David Call, Ice’s Democratic primary opponent, all filed on the last day they could against Ice, who is seeking his ninth term as magistrate.

    Vittitoe thinks that’s too long to be in office.

  • ELECTION 2018: DeWeese says workers need voice in Frankfort

    Teachers’ protests to protect their pensions may have come at just the right time for a labor leader making his second run for Kentucky’s 50th House seat.

    Two years ago, it was Republicans who were on a roll when James DeWeese lost to Chad McCoy by almost 5,400 votes and the Bluegrass State’s legislature turned red for the first time in nearly a century. But even in states as conservative as Alabama and Kansas, there has been a backlash against the politics of the right, and the educators’ rallies could be evidence of one brewing in Kentucky.

  • Bloomfield mayor won’t seek a third term

    Bloomfield Mayor Rhonda Hagan has been active in the Northeast Nelson County community for as long as she can remember.

    She’s never been shy about rolling up her sleeves and taking on tasks, whether it be for the PTA at her children’s school or starting Bloomfield Proud, a group dedicated to community cleanup.

  • ELECTION 2018: Most Fiscal Court candidates oppose county smoking ban

    Convincing a majority of Nelson County Fiscal Court members elected this November to back a law forbidding indoor smoking in public places and workplaces may be a tough sell.

    Most of those running for magistrate oppose an ordinance or aren’t saying how they would vote if faced with a decision on it. Three of the four vying for the office of county judge-executive favor it, and the fourth won’t say.

  • Mayor raises issue of officials’ pay

    The last time Bardstown’s elected city officials got raises, Dr. Harry Spalding was mayor, the city had about 3,700 fewer residents, and 65 cents would buy what a dollar buys today.

    The current mayor, Dick Heaton, thinks it’s time to consider giving council members a bump in pay — and some council members want to include the mayor as well. However, the increases would only apply to those elected or re-elected.

    And the mayor wants them to think about the possibility of having a full-time, professional city administrator.