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Today's News

  • Warehouse collapses at Barton

    A warehouse collapsed at Barton 1792 Distillery Friday morning, affecting an estimated 9,000 barrels of bourbon, but there were no injuries.

    Nelson County Emergency Management Director Joe Prewitt and Bardstown Fire Chief Billy Mattingly said their concern was that whiskey could run into a tributary of the Beech Fork River about 250 feet away.

    State environmental officials were contacted and arrived on scene just after 2 p.m. to assess the situation.

  • New businesses, experiences coming to downtown

    Internal renovations and “coming soon” have been seen in downtown Bardstown recently as the city makes space this summer for offerings such as a brewery and barbecue, bar décor and a 1920s bourbon speakeasy.

    “We are very excited to have new businesses coming to our downtown,” said Randi Mouser, executive director of the Bardstown Main Street Program, referencing the area as a “one-stop shopping and dining experience for the whole family.”

  • County to borrow money for amphitheater project

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court has awarded a contract to a local builder to reconstruct the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre and is borrowing to pay for it.

    However, private fundraising by the Stephen Foster Drama Association is expected to reimburse the county within five years.

  • Courthouse facelift includes $175,000 to repair windows

    The $780,000 restoration of the Old Courthouse currently underway will include almost $176,000 to replace the neo-Gothic building’s upper windows.

    On Tuesday, the Nelson County Fiscal Court approved a bid of $175,925 from Bill Brown Construction of Bardstown for the windows on the bell tower and the windows above ground level.

    County Engineer Brad Spalding said the county has already repaired or replaced most of the windows on ground floor.

  • House passes Guthrie bill to fight opioid crisis

    A bill by U.S. Rep. Brett Guthrie to battle the opioid crisis by creating a grant program to broaden treatment options available at rehabilitation facilities has been passed the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly.

    The Opioid Recovery Centers Act (H.R. 5327) would allocate about $50 million over five years to at least 10 rehab facilities to offer all treatments for opioid use disorder currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration.

    Most centers now offer only one treatment.

  • Payton makes move to Bardstown Middle

    Kevin Payton has been named the new assistant principal of Bardstown Middle School according to a district announcement released Monday. Payton comes to the city school system from New Haven School, where he had served as principal for the last two years.

    In Monday’s announcement, BMS Principal Melissa Taylor said Payton’s experience as a middle school teacher and school administrator would allow him to have an immediate impact at Bardstown Middle.

  • Yocum indicted on sodomy charges

    A former Bardstown coach accused of inappropriate contact with a student was arraigned Wednesday on sodomy, image possession and tampering charges.

    According to the indictments, Devin L. Yocum, 38, was a “person in a position of authority” or special trust when he is accused of “engaging in deviate sexual intercourse with another person less than 18 years old … with whom he came into contact as a result of that position.”

  • Threat of storms cancels fireworks show

    A fireworks show that was set to take place this evening has been canceled because of possible storms.

    The Nelson County Public Library announced the cancelation Wednesday morning.

    “Both the threat of thunderstorms during the scheduled event time, as well as the threat of rain between now and then, have led us to this decision,” the announcement on the library’s Facebook page reads. “We have the safety of the community as well as the respect of the vendors in mind.”

  • Fairfield may get new fire station

    Ted Shields, chief of the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District, defended its board’s decision to increase its property tax from 7 to 10 cents per $100 of assessed value by telling the Fiscal Court the fire service plans to build its third fire station within the next two years, in Fairfield.

    He said that when the taxing district was created, Fairfield residents were promised that there would eventually be a station there.

    The existing stations are in Bloomfield and Chaplin.

  • Jail logs, June 19-21

    Willa Marie Stivers, 41, possession of drug paraphernalia, trafficking in marijuana eight ounces to less than five pounds, first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to two grams of meth), and first-degree trafficking in a controlled substance (greater than or equal to four grams of cocaine) (all 2018 criminal case, previously indicted).

    Joshua Michael Mauldin, 27, failure to appear (2017 felony case).

    Randall Isaac Johnson II, 39, harassment and non-payment of fines (both 2017 misdemeanor cases), and resisting arrest.