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Government

  • McCoy’s legislation would allow shipments of bourbon to homes

    Bardstown’s state representative, Chad McCoy, has again gotten a bill through the Kentucky legislature to benefit bourbon drinkers and businesses.

    Last year, McCoy got a bill enacted to allow the sale of vintage spirits at taverns and festivals.

    This year, he got the House and Senate to pass legislation that would allow those who visit distilleries or wineries to have liquor or wine shipped directly to their homes in Kentucky or other states where shipment of alcohol is allowed.

  • Mathis ethics complaint to be heard

    Nelson County’s Board of Ethics is expected to take up an ethics complaint against Mark Mathis, secretary of the Planning Commission, at its next regular meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, April 19.

    Mathis is the president of Mago Construction Company and Bardstown Asphalt Company, both of which do street and road paving.

  • Study: Bill cuts taxes for the rich, raises taxes for 95 percent of Kentuckians

     

    DANIEL DESROCHERS

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    A new study of the tax bill rushed through the Kentucky General Assembly Monday shows the changes it makes to the tax code are likely to lower taxes for the wealthy while raising taxes for 95 percent of Kentuckians.

    The analysis, performed by the Institute for Taxation and Economic Policy in Washington D.C., a liberal-leaning think tank, studied the impact of the tax cuts and increases on Kentuckians.

  • 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.