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Today's News

  • Mornings with Merle: Classroom canine assists students

    As Merle moves into Eli’s lap, the youngster responds by leaning in for a gentle hug. Sitting with Merle is part of a new routine for many students at Bardstown Elementary School, as the 3-year-old Australian shepherd/poodle mix has been custom trained to assist children with special needs.

    “He has been trained specifically to support students with sensory disabilities and communication issues, and to be an all-around buddy for kids who need a little help,” said Nicole Britton, Merle’s owner and a new special education teacher at BES.

  • State enforcing right of way rules, county will follow suit on signs

    Some see politics behind decisions to remove political signs, but it’s policy.

    That’s what Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts conveyed to candidates who attended a Fiscal Court meeting Tuesday.

  • Man indicted for incest, rape and sex abuse

    A 35-year-old man has been indicted on incest, rape and sexual abuse charges involving victims under the age of 12.

    Timothy Richardson was indicted on the charges Wednesday and is accused of engaging in sexual intercourse with a relative, engaging in sexual intercourse with two minors incapable of consent because they were under the age of 12, and making sexual contact with a child under 12. According to the indictment, the alleged offenses occurred between January and December 2012.

  • Bardstown City Schools to get resource officer

    Bardstown City Schools will soon have a school resource officer after the Board of Education approved a partnership with Bardstown Police Tuesday afternoon.

    “This is something I have been hard at work on since, really, late June,” said Superintendent Ryan Clark. “I am thrilled we have reached an agreement we think is going to really serve our students and school community and for the first time ever have a school resource officer on Bardstown City Schools’ campus.”

  • Unions, Four Roses to meet Friday

    Striking union workers and company officials from Four Roses are scheduled to speak Friday in an attempt to settle the distillery’s labor differences.

    “I’d like to think we can get this taken care of,” said Jeff Royalty, president of the UFCW 10D union that represents about half of the 53 workers on strike that includes members of the National Conference of Firemen and Oilers Chapter 320. “I am trying to keep everything positive, but also trying to prove to the company how serious this is for us.”

  • Third of needles returned in exchange

    Just over a third of the needles distributed to drug addicts in Nelson County’s needle exchange program have been returned.

    According to the Lincoln Trail District Health Department’s annual report, for the 12-month period from when the pilot program for the district started in July 2017 until June of this year, 14,372 syringes were dispensed to 96 clients, and 5,204 were collected from 28 clients. That’s 36 percent of all dirty needles returned, or a 2.76 to 1 ratio for all clients.

  • County Schools adopts 4 percent tax revenue increase

    Nelson County Schools tax rate will rise from 76.4 cents to 77.2 cents per $100 of assessed real and personal property to allow for a 4 percent increase in tax revenue. The Nelson County Board of Education adopted the increase Tuesday night following a 3-2 vote with Diane Berry and Diane Breeding opposing.

    “It’s a tough call,” said Breeding, referencing that if the board took a 3 percent increase in tax revenue, taxpayers would see a much smaller increase to their bill.

  • Operation Christmas Child efforts to kick-off Saturday

    Each fall, many Nelson County residents, churches and organizations partner with a global project called Operation Christmas Child to pack and deliver gift-filled shoeboxes to children around the world, many of whom are affected by war, disease, disaster, poverty and famine. On Saturday, a recipient of one of these boxes will be at Bardstown United Methodist Church to share her story and discuss how the OCC project impacts the lives of children.

  • Jail logs, Sept. 18-20

    Latosha Gayle Shain, 33, possession of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana, two counts of first-degree trafficking in meth (greater than or equal to and less than two grams), first-degree trafficking in cocaine (greater than or equal to four grams), first-degree trafficking in opiates (less than 10 drug units), and first-degree trafficking in an unspecified drug (less than 10 drug units) (all 2018 criminal case, previously indicted).

    Darren Thomas Keeling, 30, contempt of court (2016 criminal case).

  • U.S. recovery eludes many living below poverty level, Census suggests

    WASHINGTON — In July, President Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers declared that the country’s five-decade war on poverty was largely over and called it a success.

    On Wednesday, the Census Bureau released its 2017 annual report on the poor that offered a stark counterpoint, suggesting that the national recovery has bypassed many of the 40 million to 45 million Americans estimated to be living below the federal poverty level.