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Government

  • Advocates warn proposal would weaken open government

    A proposal by Kentucky Senate Majority Leader Damon Thayer would make one of the strongest open records laws in the nation one of the weakest, according to Jon Fleischaker, a Louisville attorney who should know.

    He’s the principal author of the law.

  • County officials still not sold on state broadband

    Nelson County officials still aren’t convinced that a statewide fiber optic broadband network would significantly benefit local residents, but County Judge-Executive Dean Watts told the magistrates this week he’s going to ask them for an “up or down vote” on a franchise agreement with the state project’s private partner, Bluegrass Network (Bluegrass Cellular), at the next meeting, on April 3.

  • City of Bardstown gets grant to pave Wilson Parkway

    State frees up money for other city streets

    Bardstown will get a grant of $97,159 to pave the roadway through Wilson Industrial Park this year, freeing up about a third of the city’s transportation budget to use on other street paving projects.

    The City Council on Tuesday voted to authorize the mayor to enter into an agreement with the state Department of Highways to accept the money for the repaving of Wilson Parkway.

  • New Haven City Commission briefs from March 15

    Recently completed sewer project to be re-bid, corrected

    It looks like New Haven area residents will likely face another summer of trying to avoid areas of sewer construction.

    Jones Construction Co. recently completed a $348,000 sewer rehabilitation project, but the city is not pleased with the results, and voted Wednesday night to take steps to force them to forfeit their performance bond so the work can be rebid and, hopefully, be corrected by a different firm.

  • Cell tower’s delay angers Bloomfield residents

    Northeast Nelson County and Bloomfield residents were hopeful when New Cingular Wireless applied for approval from the Nelson County Planning Commission to construct a tower on Arnold Lane in Bloomfield.

    But they will have to wait a while longer, it appears. A hearing by the commission to consider the proposal had been scheduled for March 27, but the company withdrew the request.

    A large contingent of residents turned out to Monday’s Bloomfield City Council meeting to voice their displeasure and disappointment at the company’s decision.

  • Craig visits McCoy in Frankfort

    Gracyn Craig was photographed with Rep. Chad McCoy in Frankfort during the legislative session. Craig is a sixth-grader at Bardstown Middle School.

  • Bardstown City Council briefs from March 6

    Copeland makes pitch for women legislators

    Bardstown Councilwoman Kecia Copeland wants her city to join the National Foundation for Women Legislators.

    March is Women’s History Month, and what better way to celebrate the role of women in leadership than to join the NFWL, she asked at Tuesday’s meeting.

    She wants the city to join by the official proclamation day of March 19.

  • Democratic Woman’s Club organizes sexual, cyber harassment presentation

    There is a line some people don’t see when their actions cross over into sexual harassment or cyberbullying, and the Democratic Woman’s Club is hoping to make that line a little brighter through an educational opportunity this week.

    On Thursday at 6 p.m., Judge David Tapp and Gretchen Hunt will address what behavior crosses that “red line” at Maywood Country Club.

  • Mayor talks of ‘silver lining’ in American Greetings announcement

    American Greetings’ announcement Tuesday that it would close its Bardstown plant cast a cloud over the community, but Mayor Dick Heaton says there’s a silver lining in that local demand for skilled workers is going to be strong in the year ahead.

    “Right now, it’s dark days for Bardstown and Nelson County, but I think that in the coming months, there will be a lot of people that are very grateful that we have this workforce available,” the mayor said during a City Council meeting Tuesday.

  • Copeland wants to bring Fresh Stop Markets here

    Fresh Stop Markets are based on the idea that all people, regardless of where they live or what they can afford, have a right to fresh food.

    The initiative of New Roots Inc., a Louisville-based charity, expects this year to co-host 16 farm-fresh produce markets at churches, community centers and businesses in food-insecure neighborhoods in Kentucky and Indiana this year.

    And Kecia Copeland, a member of the Bardstown City Council, would like for one of them to be located here.