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  • Boy Scouts work on badges at meeting

    Members of Boy Scout Troop 136, Bloomfield, attended the Bardstown City Council meeting Tuesday to work on their citizenship, community and communication skills. The boys took notes during the meeting so they could recap what happened.

    Among the items of business they heard was that the Cable TV Department will not purchase a pickup truck this fiscal year as planned. The department’s budget is getting tight and Mayor Dick Heaton asked the department to wait until the next fiscal year, which begins this summer, to get the truck.

  • 'Beautiful Babies' focus of this year's contest to benefit Newspaper in Education

    For the past two years pets have been the center of attention for The Kentucky Standard’s Newspapers In Education fundraising initiative as reader’s furry friends were voted on for star of the show. This year is all about babies. The Beautiful Baby Photo Contest is open to babies 24 months and younger.

    NIE provides 44 classrooms in Nelson County with newspapers as a teaching aid.

  • School Board names next superintendent



    After months of searching, interviewing and consideration, the Nelson County School Board announced Anthony Orr has been chosen to be the next leader of the largest school system in the county at a brief meeting Tuesday afternoon.

    The board and the superintendent screening committee reviewed 13 applicants throughout March and April before selecting Orr, the principal of Paul Lauwrence Dunbar High School in Lexington.

  • Taste of Bardstown photos
  • Questions center on Bloomfield’s unfinished business



    A vigorous conversation broke out at the Bloomfield City Council meeting Monday after council members were asked to voice their concerns, a regular practice before the close of every council meeting.

    Councilwoman Rhonda Hagan vented frustration at the amount of business she felt was left unfinished.

    “We bring things to attention, but then are not doing what people are asking us to do,” Hagan said.

  • Alcohol a factor in two-car accident

    A two-car crash caused injuries to five people after a black Explorer pulled into the path of an oncoming vehicle Monday evening.

    According to a press release from the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, the driver of the explorer, Scott Pruitt, has been charged with driving while under the influence. He was attempting to make a left-hand turn onto Wilson Creek Road from KY 245 when the accident occurred. Pruitt and his passenger, Crystal Shofner, were transported to Flaget Memorial Hospital with unknown injuries.

  • Monday is deadline to register to vote in primary

    To vote in the plentiful primary election May 18, you need to register by Monday.

    Nelson County’s ballot will be packed. Available for your selection will be 12 of the 13 county clerk candidates, two of three candidates for jailer, two of three candidates for judge executive, eight of nine District 1 magistrate candidates, four of five District 4 magistrate candidates, all four District 5 magistrate candidates and all four sheriff candidates.

  • Attorney General decides in favor of Nelson Fiscal Court regarding open records appeal

    The Kentucky Attorney General’s Office has sided with Nelson County Fiscal Court in a dispute concerning an open records request made by a Nelson County citizen and frequent critic of county government.

    The request at issue was made by Jack Hurst and asked for a year’s worth of financial invoices from county law enforcement entities. After receiving the financial documentation, Hurst filed an appeal with the AG, stating Fiscal Court had not fully complied with his request.

  • Preparations begin for smoke-free ordinance

    Three weeks after the City of Bardstown smoke-free workplace ordinance became official, area businesses and the Smoke-Free Nelson County Coalition are preparing for the mid-June effective date.

    The coalition pledged from the beginning to provide assistance to businesses if the ordinance passed. Now that it has, the group is meeting to decide exactly what to offer, spokesman Pat Whelan said. It will also meet with Bardstown City Council for advice.

  • 2-year-old pulled from pond by alert neighbor

    A trip to chase down a family pet might have ended in tragedy for a Nelson County toddler if his quick-acting neighbor hadn’t jumped into action Friday afternoon.

    Jackson Cooper Vittitow, 2, was supposed to be getting into the car with his four other siblings while his mom, Jessica Vittitow, was gathering items needed to get the family to her husband, Josh, who had just had a car accident. But, she said, somehow the family dog got out and Jackson took out after it. In the chaos of getting everyone in the car, no one noticed Jackson had disappeared.