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  • County budget anticipates greater spending for 2019

    The proposed budget that the Nelson County Fiscal Court will vote on in two weeks would increase spending by nearly one and three-quarters of a million dollars more than what was budgeted for the current fiscal year, which ends June 30.

    One reason is that the Nelson County Fiscal Court expected to take a big hit on county employee pensions in the coming year — about $775,000 more than this year — but the state legislature passed a bill to phase in the increase over several years and capped it at 12 percent.

  • County to pave Murrays Run Road and others

    The county Road Department will get $106,350 to resurface 13,000 feet of what County Judge-Executive Dean Watts called one of the worst roads in the county — Murrays Run Road.

    During the Nelson County Fiscal Court’s meeting Tuesday, he said he was transferring money from his own discretionary road fund to Magistrate Jerry Hahn’s district to improve the road.

    The court also approved about $140,860 for paving roads in Magistrate Bernard Ice’s district, including sections of Clear Creek Drive, Lick Creek and Hugh Ice Loop.

  • Head takes first in Congressional Art contest

    Jenna Head, a sophomore at Nelson County High School, took first place in Kentucky’s 2nd District for the 2018 Congressional Art Competition for her drawing titled “Sandy Sea Shell.”

    The piece is graphite and a portrait of her friend, Meridith, who had sent her a photo from the beach over the summer.

  • Hagan Road residents to have Bloomfield City water by July


    Special to the Standard

    It was last July when a group of Hagan Road residents asked the Bloomfield City Council to extend water lines to their area.

    If things go as planned, they should have city water this July.

    Public Works employee Scott Thompson told the council Monday the Kentucky Division of Water has finally approved the project plans, and work should begin in a few weeks.

    County Engineer Brad Spalding had been working with the city on its plans.

  • Harper finance documents provided

    Todd Harper’s campaign provided The Kentucky Standard his campaign’s election finance reports Friday.

    The candidate for the Republican nomination for Nelson County sheriff was not included in an article in Friday’s paper about election finances in that race because the Kentucky Registry of Election Finance said it did not have his report when it was requested by The Standard through an open records request.

  • PHOTOS: NCELC honors graduates

    Several preschool students of the Nelson County Early Learning Center “graduated” in special ceremonies at Nelson County High School  and Thomas Nelson High School this week.

  • Candidates account for much of campaign funding

    While people often bemoan the corrupting influence of money in politics, at the local level the biggest funders are usually the candidates.

    Two of the county-level elected offices that have traditionally cost the most money to run in have been sheriff and county judge-executive.

    Candidates who opt to spend over a certain threshold of money must file reports with the state’s Registry of Election Finance listing both their contributors and their expenditures. They are required to file reports 32 days and 15 days before the primaries and 30 days afterward.

  • Signs, signs everywhere

    Campaign yard signs can mean the difference between a candidate winning and losing an election.

    But only if the race is close. Close as in 17 votes for every thousand cast.

    That was the conclusion of a study in March 2016 that determined signs have a “modest” influence on the share of votes a candidate receives. That effect is “probably greater than zero,” researchers wrote, before offering up a hard number estimate — 1.7 percent.

  • Clinic, schools offering sensory-friendly activities for kids

    Partners in Pediatric Therapy and the special education departments of Bardstown City Schools and Nelson County Schools are collaborating to offer this year’s Summer Sensory Sessions on Saturdays in June and July for children with special needs.

    “We’re offering something unique,” said Developmental Interventionist and clinic owner Lance Blanford. “Our goal is to make sure we allow families the opportunity to get out and do things in an environment that is more comfortable to them.”

  • New director positions approved for Nelson County Schools

    Superintendent Wes Bradley is reorganizing Central Office, and that includes creating three new director positions and dividing the Central Office into “teams” to better serve Nelson County Schools.

    The positions include a director of community health and engagement, a director of workforce development and a director of student leadership and learning. A fourth position, the community and school media coordinator, has also been created.