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Local News

  • New Haven raises water rates

    The New Haven City Commission met Thursday to approve several new ordinances, including the hiring of a lifeguard for the public pool, an approved budget for a police cruiser and an ordinance to increase the cost of water utilities in the city. Additionally, the commission approved reviving the softball marathon tournament, which has been dormant more than 15 years.

  • Thrasher proposes changes to county ethics ordinance

    Don Thrasher has proposed several changes to the ethics ordinance for Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County. Some of the changes, he said, are copied from the ethics laws of Louisville and Bloomfield.

    The Republican candidate for county judge-executive said he has discussed them privately with his Democratic opponent, Dean Watts, but that Watts prohibited him from sharing the suggestions publicly with other members of the Nelson County Fiscal Court.

    The provisions are as follows:

    • Subpoena and investigation power (able to hire an investigator).

  • Thrasher: Watts won’t allow debate about changing ethics law

    Don Thrasher, the Republican candidate for county judge-executive, is critical of the incumbent, Dean Watts, for not allowing him to speak at a Nelson County Fiscal Court meeting about proposed changes to the city-county ethics ordinance.

    In a press release sent to local media last week, Thrasher accused Watts of denying him his First Amendment rights and called his decision “reminiscent of Soviet-Era dictatorship.”

  • New Haven residents say building is trouble

    A group of New Haven residents say an apartment building at the corner of First and Center streets has become a center of trouble, with its residents harassing neighbors and conducting what witnesses called “transactions.”

    “We have a lot of activity on our streets in abandoned houses, stairwells and buildings where people with no legal address are living,” said Frances Boley, a New Haven resident, who spoke at Thursday’s New Haven City Commission meeting.

  • Annual music event in Bardstown has big reach

    Indiana, Tennessee, New York, Maryland and Florida are just a few of the states represented among the 600 music lovers who have flocked to the area for Kentucky Music Week.

    The annual festival and camp has been held in Bardstown for more than two decades, and its popularity continues to grow. Offering five days of classes in various instruments from banjo and autoharp to penny whistle, guitar and dulcimer, it’s the variety and the location that draw people in.

  • Jail logs, June 22-26

    Robert Matthew Hedges, 32, theft by deception including cold checks under $10,000 (2018 felony case).

    Rodney Lee Daniel, 40, flagrant non-support.

    Brandon Paul Hutchins, 33, second-degree possession of a controlled substance (drug unspecified, 2018 criminal case, previously indicted).

    Jesus Angle Munoz-Colon, 38, first-degree fleeing or evading police on foot, theft by unlawful taking or disposition under $500, tampering with physical evidence and persistent felony offender (all 2017 criminal case, previously indicted).

  • New Haven arcade, kayak rental opens

    An arcade and kayak rental shop has opened in the New Haven area with the goal of giving the youth of the town an area to hang out at. The arcade features several arcade machines, pool tables, a foosball table and offers kayak rentals.

    Kay Inman, of New Haven, has established Ms. McGoo’s inside an old bar building. She said her target customers are kids and she got the idea from her own youth. She said when she was in school she would go to where there were some arcade machines in town and play Pac Man and other games after classes.

  • Fairfield residents come home

    Fairfield held its annual homecoming Saturday with a cookout, live music, a horse-drawn wagon and open tours of the local museums. The overcast weather for the day gave pleasant temperatures to those who made their way to the event.

    Mary Marquess, former Fairfield mayor and organizer for the event, said the weather for the day was perfect and that people seemed to really enjoy the music and food. She said the event is a community-based one that puts proceeds towards maintaining a local African-American cemetery.

  • White announces retirement from education foundation

    Dorothy White announced her retirement at the June 19 Nelson County Board of Education meeting from Nelson County Schools’ Community Support Foundation, which raises funds to support educational experiences in the district. White has served as the director of the group since retiring as executive director of the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce.

  • State’s premier concert band playing Friday

    The Central Kentucky Concert Band will be the featured group at this week’s Edward Jones Summer Concert Series, co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks & Recreation Department. The series, now in its 16th season of free, family-oriented concerts, is held at Bardstown Community Park each Friday at 7 p.m. from Memorial Day through Labor Day.