Local News

  • Planning and Zoning discussion continues at Nelson Fiscal Court

    Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts attempted to give Fiscal Court a “history lesson” Tuesday when he distributed local government contribution figures dating back to 1993.

    The numbers were to back up Watts’ position that government contribution to Planning and Zoning has historically been greater than 50 percent.

  • City utility rates could increase

    Bardstown residents could face utility increases in every category except cable and Internet in the near future.

    With the city’s wholesale electric supplier, Kentucky Utilities, planning to raise its rates coupled with improvements being made to the water and sewer systems and the fact that garbage is losing money, the city is studying all of its rate structures.

    Mayor Dick Heaton told City Council members of the plans for the increase from KU at Tuesday’s council meeting.

  • FFA Food for America program 'a fun way to learn'
  • Meeting to name new county high school is set

    Anyone wanting to play a role in naming the second high school being planned for the Nelson County School District will have a chance next week.


    The design and redistricting committees will meet 4 p.m. Tuesday at the board’s central office to discuss not only the name, but possible mascots and other aspects of the new school.

    Superintendent Jan Lantz said the board has received approval and comments from the Kentucky Department of Education on the facility.

  • American Legion posts hosting remembance ceremony

    American Legion Posts 121 and 167 will host their annual Memorial Day Ceremony at Bardstown Cemetery on Monday.

    The ceremony, which is a joint effort between the two local legions, has been held every year for as long as Kenny Fogle, the ceremonies chairman of American Legion Post 121, can remember.

  • Strut Your Mutt is back

    After a hiatus last year, Strut Your Mutt is back. The fourth annual fun-filled, dog-centric day hosted by the Humane Society of Nelson County will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 23 at the United Methodist Church’s second campus on U.S. 31E (5100 Louisville Road).

    There will be various activities for those with four legs, including contests such most senior dog, best costume, owner-pet look alike, best trick, doggie kiss off, biggest and smallest and musical sit.

  • Firefighters make last push for Crusade

    Although the Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department no longer collects donations on the streets for the WHAS Crusade for Children, it has found other ways to drum up support for the cause. The Department will have a car wash at Patron’s Home and Rental Center 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. May 23.

    The WHAS Crusade for Children raises money for agencies, schools and hospitals to enhance the lives of children with special needs. Established in 1954, the Crusade has raised more than $128 million, which has benefited about three million children in Kentucky and Southern Indiana.

  • All teaching positions remain after city schools pass tentative budget

    School systems across the country are laying off teachers, but Bardstown City Schools will not be one of those during the next year.

    The board approved the tentative working budget for fiscal year 2009-10 at Tuesday’s regular board meeting.

    Finance Officer Pat Hagan said that with the 1 percent pay raises added in as well as step raises, the budget should be about even because the school system is receiving federal stimulus money. It will have a 4 percent contingency, he said, which is what the system has carried for several years.

  • Five injured in KY 245 accident

    Five area residents were injured Wednesday in a three-vehicle collision at the intersection of KY 245 and Samuels Road.

    Kurt J. Hassell, 54, was waiting to turn onto KY 245 when a vehicle driven by Shaina B. McCauley, 18, struck his Audi. The collision pushed his vehicle into an oncoming Isuzu Rodeo, driven by Phillip Green, 43.

    All vehicles were severely damaged.

  • Group gathers to clean trash from river

    On Saturday, 45 people joined paddles with the Bardstown Boaters to help clean up the five-mile portion of the Beech Fork River that runs through Nelson County.

    For five years, the Bardstown Boaters have organized Paddle Pickup in an effort to help meet water conservation goals in Nelson County. This year, the group contributed to habitat conservation on the river by collecting enough trash to fill an industrial-sized garbage dumpster.