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Government

  • Shelby Jett carries on his wife’s cause

    As he talks, Shelby Jett fidgets with a twisted piece of pink and white plastic. It’s a ballpoint pen and flashlight that was in his wife Judy’s pocket when she was injured in a fire last month that took her life.

    On the side are these words: “If you’re ever tempted to light up, use THIS instead!” It’s followed by a phone number.

    He remembers JROTC students handing the pen lights out to people while walking alongside the PATH Coalition’s Christmas parade float.

  • City raises street paving standards

    Bardstown’s design standards for paving streets have been among the least stringent among Kentucky cities, but that’s changing.

    On Tuesday, the City Council unanimously approved a municipal order to establish new standards that would follow those of the state Department of Highways.

  • Higdon talks backing taxes, budget plan and pension fix

    For the Republican president pro tem of the Kentucky Senate to support increased taxes wasn’t easy, but it was necessary to save pensions and avoid severe cuts in public services.

    “It was a tough vote,” Sen. Jimmy Higdon, R-Lebanon, said in an interview Wednesday after the legislature had finished its work and recessed until April 14.

    “We made a decision to fully fund the pension plans, and that’s a huge obligation,” he said.

  • County road slides occurring in diverse places

    Winter weather has been hard on rural roads in Nelson County.

    County Road Engineer Brad Spalding was giving a report on road slides from Howardstown to Nazareth and Maud when Magistrate Keith Metcalfe grinned and said, “Nelson County’s gonna slide!”

    It’s no joke though to road workers who are going to have their hands full in the weeks ahead.

  • ELECTION 2018: Call challenging Ice in 3rd District race

    David Call was driving his tractor-trailer rig and listening to his neighbor, Bernard Ice, on the radio when the 3rd District magistrate said something that made him pull his truck over and start jotting notes.

    According to Call, Ice said Nelson County is “no longer an agricultural community.”

    “To me, it’s kind of like degrading the farmers that’s left,” Call said. “Tobacco and dairy farms and beef is what built this town, along with the distilleries. It goes hand-in-hand.”

  • McCoy: Pension bill good for Kentucky’s teachers

    Teachers across the state called in sick Friday so they could protest a state pension bill that was introduced and approved by the Kentucky House in one day.

    State Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, who spoke in favor of the bill in the House and then voted for it with the majority, said the bill had to be rushed through because legislators were out of time if they wanted to reserve a day to override Gov. Matt Bevin’s likely veto.

  • Mayor proposes gas franchise fee

    Bardstown LG&E gas customers’ bills would likely increase next year under a 3 percent natural gas franchise fee Mayor Dick Heaton suggested at the City Council meeting Tuesday.

    For a customer who pays $300 a month on a winter gas bill, that would add $9.

    Heaton said the company’s estimate is that a 3 percent fee would raise about $116,000 a year.

    Heaton suggested the fee as a way the city might be able to fund the payments on the property the council decided to purchase following a closed session Tuesday.

  • Bardstown to buy three parcels of land for $1.7 million

    Bardstown is growing, and so is its city government.

    For years, municipal workers have complained that the old school building that houses City Hall, the Bardstown Fire Department and part of the physical plant for Bardstown Utilities and Public Works is bursting at the seams.

    This week, city officials made a big decision that will give them more elbow room.

    The City Council plans to spend $1.69 million to acquire 15.4 acres of property to meet the municipal government’s needs for future expansion.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from March 27

    New firefighters introduced

    Three new firefighters were introduced by Chief Billy N. Mattingly at a City Council meeting Tuesday night and sworn in by Mayor Dick Heaton. They replace three others who had “moved on,” the chief said.

    Joe Strong had already been a volunteer for the Bardstown Fire Department, as well as a volunteer for Lebanon and Marion County, Bradfordsville and Gravel Switch and a part-time emergency medical technician for Marion County EMS. He is also an Army veteran.

  • Resident pitches chickens; council ducks decision

    Nick Kipper is again making a pitch for allowing backyard chickens in Bardstown.

    And City Council members still aren’t saying they’re for or against the idea, but during a meeting Tuesday, they hinted at changes Kipper could make to his proposed ordinance that might get it an up or down vote.

    Kipper, a master gardener who lives in the Historic District, raised chickens for three years on a nearby lot until he was busted in 2016 by the city code enforcement, who was looking for some other chickens that had flown the coop.