Local News

  • County leads nation in colon cancer incidence, mortality

    Kentucky has the highest rate of colon cancer in the United States, and Nelson County received the worst ranking possible within the state for incidence and mortality, said Suzanne Gude, Kentucky Cancer Program cancer control specialist.

    “That’s not something you want to be number one in,” she said. “We have a real problem here that we need to address.”

  • Cause of garage fire unknown

    The cause of a garage fire at 5952 Loretto Road Thursday afternoon was unknown at press time Friday. The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department responded to Tommy Bartley’s property at 4:30 p.m. When the fire department arrived, the garage with a work area and wood burning stove inside was fully involved.

  • Confusion on vehicle value delays reminders

    Kentucky residents who normally receive a notification from the state in January reminding them to renew their vehicle registration will be met with an empty mailbox.

    The notices, which are normally sent out mid-month, will be delayed because of some confusion on how vehicles would be valued.

  • MLK's life to be celebrated in Bardstown

    On Monday, people throughout the United States will celebrate the life of one of the country’s most important civil rights leaders — Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    King sought social change and equality through non-violence in the 1950s and 1960s and was the youngest person to win a Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 in 1964.

    Each year on the third Monday in January, his life and vision are honored, remembered and celebrated as a federal holiday.

  • Bardstown High group attending inauguration

    A group of Bardstown High School students is gearing up to attend President-elect Barack Obama’s inauguration Tuesday, but when they signed on for the trip, they didn’t even know he would be the Democratic nominee, much less president.

    “We don’t teach the government class with a political slant, of course, and these kids were just interested in politics and the government,” David Clark, AP government teacher, said.

  • AG announces lay offs at three plants

    American Greetings Corp. — Bardstown’s largest employer — announced Wednesday afternoon between 100 to 120 associates would be laid off at the plant due to the economy.  

    American Greetings Corp. will lay off a total of 200 employees at three plants. Besides Bardstown, the other locations affected by the announcement are the Osceola, Ark., and Ripley, Tenn., plants, according to Patrice Sadd, corporate communications manager at American Greetings world headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio.

  • County clerk nixes plans to move to new building

    More than a year after lobbying county magistrates to buy a building to accommodate the considerable amount of county records, Nelson County Clerk Phyllis Mattingly has changed her mind. She has given word to Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts that she no longer intends to move the records and archives to the old library building, which was purchased by the court specifically to expand the storage capacity of the county clerk’s records and archives.

  • Fatal accident on Bloomfield Road

    The driver of a pickup truck died on Bloomfield Road about 10 a.m. Saturday when the truck left the roadway and overturned. The driver's identity is not yet available. Nelson County Sheriff's Office is conducting the investigation.

  • Man dies in single-vehicle accident

    Gerardo Reyes, age unknown, of Southern Mexico, died Saturday in a single-vehicle accident on Bloomfield Road. He was pronounced dead at the scene due to injuries he received in the crash.


  • Sympson Lake could be back to ‘normal’ by February

    Sympson Lake — the source of Bardstown’s water supply — could be back to normal levels in February.

    It was just in November that the lake was down 15.4 feet — the lowest it had been in 25 years.

    But on Tuesday the lake was down only 6.8 feet, an increase over December, when the lake was down 9.2 feet.