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Government

  • 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.

  • Nelson County Fiscal Court briefs from March 6

    Stephen Foster Drama lease given to officials

    Each member of the Nelson County Fiscal Court was given a copy Tuesday of the proposed sub-lease agreement between the county government and the Stephen Foster Drama Association for the J. Dan Talbott Apmhitheatre property at My Old Kentucky Home State Park.

  • Thrasher proposes shifting Nelson to county commission

    Don Thrasher, Republican candidate for county judge-executive, is starting a petition to change Nelson County’s form of government from a fiscal court to a county commission.

  • Thrasher files request for officials’ phone records

    Don Thrasher has filed an open records request asking to inspect records of Nelson County Fiscal Court members’ phone calls, text messages and emails, as well as their calendars, schedule books and call logs, and any video camera evidence from the Old Courthouse from the hours of 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on the days the court meets.

    The letter was filed Feb. 22 and covers the previous 120 days.

  • Thrasher: Fogle wanted to ‘collude’ against Watts

    Emails between Don Thrasher and Kenny Fogle show the two candidates for county judge-executive cooperated in alleging that the incumbent, Dean Watts, routinely violates the state’s Open Meetings Act.

    Thrasher shared those emails with The Kentucky Standard because he was miffed at Fogle for accusing him of grandstanding after Thrasher brought up the subject of transparency at a Fiscal Court meeting last week.

    It was Fogle himself, he said, who suggested that he raise the issue.

  • Volunteers talk cancer in Frankfort

    Stacey Phelps held a photo of her mother as she took her turn speaking to the crowd in Frankfort Wednesday. She died of lung cancer, and with proposed cuts in cancer screenings, the disease was one of the main talking points for this year’s Cancer Action Network’s Day at the Capitol.

    The event is a time for Kentuckians — particularly cancer survivors and affected families — to meet with lawmakers about legislation that affects research funding and other topics. Phelps was among those representing Nelson County for the day.