Local News

  • Reed drops out of Dist. 1 magistrate race

    Update, Monday, July 16: Reed has now officially dropped out of the magistrate's race.

    David Reed, the only candidate to file as an independent in a partisan county race, has dropped out, citing his wife Patty’s upcoming surgery.

    Reed, of 298 J.T. Riggs Road, New Hope, filed March 14 as an independent for the 1st District magistrate’s race, challenging incumbent Democrat Keith Metcalfe for the second time. His first try was in 2016, when he ran as the Republican candidate.

  • Bardstown Council could abolish code enforcement board

    The Code Enforcement Board established three years ago by former Bardstown Mayor John Royalty to expedite resolution of nuisance complaints may be dissolved.

    One reason, according to City Attorney Tim Butler, is that there hasn’t been a need for it. It hasn’t heard a case in almost two years.

  • Community grant requests exceed city’s available funds

    If you’re giving away money, people will come and ask for it.

    For the first time, the city of Bardstown included money in its budget for community grants, and at the first meeting of the new budget year, the City Council’s chambers was full of representatives of local groups seeking donations.

    The Stephen Foster Drama Association also wanted $10,000 to go toward rebuilding its amphitheater’s stage area, which must be demolished and rebuilt at the end of the show’s 60th season.

  • Jail logs, July 12-13

    Amanda Lerene Milburn, 31, two counts of failure to appear (2016 misdemeanor and criminal cases).

    Jeffery Monty Harrison, 53, alcohol intoxication in a public place.

    James Carl Cotton, 59, third-degree criminal trespassing and theft by unlawful taking or disposition $500 or more but less than $10,000.

    Earnest Dwayne Jones, 38, failure to appear (2017 misdemeanor case).

    Justin William Uesseler, 37, fugitive from another state (warrant required).

  • Local actress’ career taking flight

    Despite her beginnings in central Kentucky, Lauran September’s acting career has taken her to both Chicago and Los Angeles. Her career has given her the opportunities to star in a couple series, including Sharp Objects, which began airing July 8.

    September said she was born in Louisville, grew up between Bardstown and Lexington and went to school in Nelson County. She describes this as the “triangle of Kentucky.”

    “I’d been doing theater since elementary school,” September said.

  • 2018 Nelson County Fair starts Monday with fun activities for those who come

    The sights and sounds of the county fair return this week with rides, games, competitions, agriculture events and unique displays. 

    In its 44th year, the Nelson County Fair kicks off at 6 p.m. Monday with the opening of the Midway followed by two of the fair’s main pageants and ATV and dirt bike racing. The closed Miss Nelson County Pageant will be at 6 p.m. and the Miss Nelson County Fair Pageant, open to all Kentucky residents, will be at 8 p.m. The racing event starts at 7 p.m.

  • Man of the House

    When he retired at the end of 2016 after six terms as state representative, David Floyd didn’t imagine that, in little more than a year, he would be back in the marbled halls of the Kentucky Capitol, among old friends and colleagues, serving the people again, but in a different role.

    Since February, Floyd has been chief of staff to Speaker Pro Tem David Osborne and the Republican leadership of the state House of the Representatives.

  • New cycling law takes effect, specifies safe passing distance

    For years, cyclists have pleaded with motorists to “share the road,” but a new Kentucky law specifies how by applying a safe passing distance.

  • Watershed Watch

    Water quality and water source protection are not only important, they are one of the many topics about which the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth are focused on educating the public.

    Recently, Nazareth was the host of a training workshop aimed at teaching volunteers how to test local water quality throughout the year.

  • COLUMN: Hearts of stone or compassion: WWJD?

    And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”

    Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, “The Little Prince”


    In my college French class at Notre Dame, we spent most of the first semester translating “The Little Prince” into English. That was 51 years ago. But I am just now beginning to see its deep wisdom.