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  • Training simulator looks at police use of force

    Matt Gordon was caught off guard when the man on the screen — an off-duty cop — pulled a gun from his waistband and shot his wife before turning the gun on Gordon, killing them both.

    “That came out of nowhere,” said Gordon, a reporter with PLG-TV, playing the part of an officer responding to a domestic call during a training simulator at Bardstown Police Department.

    The man, angry the cops had been called, had flashed his badge at Gordon inside the home.

  • Child drowns in Rolling Fork

    The Rolling Fork River claimed the life of a 10-year-old boy in New Haven over the Memorial Day weekend.

    Coroner Field Houghlin identified the victim as Spencer Ryan Dugger of New Haven, son of Mary Garner and Travis Dugger.

    He is also the great-nephew of Nelson County Jailer Dorcas Figg, Mrs. Garner’s aunt.

  • Several injured in parkway crash

    Seven of eight people involved in a collision on the Bluegrass Parkway Saturday night were injured, at least two of them critically, when a car crossed the median into the eastbound lanes of the Bluegrass Parkway and hit a van head-on.

    Nelson County Dispatch got the call at 7:09 p.m., and local sheriff’s deputies, emergency medical personnel and firefighters responded. However, the accident occurred just over the Washington County line around the 40 and 41 mile markers.

  • PHOTOS: Nelson County High School seniors graduate

    Nelson County High School seniors graduated and received diplomas at a cermony Friday evening at the school.

  • PHOTOS: Thomas Nelson class of 2018 graduates

    Thomas Nelson High School seniors graduated and received diplomas at a cermony Friday evening at the school.

  • Why they lost: Hutchins, Figg may have been undone by issues largely beyond their control

    Former U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O’Neill used to say, “All politics is local.” He meant that to be successful, even a national leader has to pay attention to the personal, everyday issues his constituents care about.

    But the opposite is also true. Local politicians are often at the mercy of situations and regulations that are largely beyond their control.

    Results of last Tuesday’s local elections in Nelson County offer a couple of examples.

  • PHOTOS: Students visit Bardstown Fire Department

    Children from Bardstown Primary School got to visit the Bardstown Fire Department Thursday. They got to meet firefighters and had their pictures taken on a truck.

  • Most incumbents to face challengers in November election

    Nelson County was once so heavily Democratic that the party’s primary in May often was the main event in an election year, and the fall race, pitting Democrats against Republicans, was almost an afterthought.

    Those days are long gone.

    This year’s Nov. 6 general election promises to be a robust affair with those who emerged winners in last Tuesday’s primaries facing serious challengers in county and state contests.

  • Guthrie’s coming to Bardstown

    Congressman Brett Guthrie will be in Bardstown Thursday afternoon to hear what’s on constituents’ minds.

    The public forum will be from 5 to 6 p.m. May 31 in the Fiscal Court’s meeting room on the second floor of the Old Courthouse downtown.

    The Republican lawmaker from Bowling Green is changing it up a bit this time. In the past, he has met one-on-one with people, but this time it will be more of a “group discussion” and “reception-style” meeting.

  • Sidewalk project to raise Bardstown budget

    Bardstown’s general fund budget is about $1.75 million less than last year’s but that will likely change because of a $700,000 sidewalk project to be included in the fiscal year 2019 spending plan before it gets its final approval next month.

    Mayor Dick Heaton said Thursday morning the city was awarded a $555,000 state grant with a $138,000 city match to extend the walking and bicycling path on Ky. 245 toward Chambers Boulevard. That will increase the Street Department’s budget by about that amount. Currently, it is $1.56 million.