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Today's News

  • Chief wants more officers for Bardstown PD

    For the first time in years, the Bardstown Police Department is fully staffed, but Chief Kim Kraeszig wants a few more officers.

    During a budget discussion before the City Council Tuesday, Kraeszig said that her department is authorized for 28 sworn officers and is currently at that number, but she is requesting to increase the number to 30 in the 2020 fiscal year budget that takes effect July 1 of this year, and she suggested she would like to continue to increase it incrementally beyond next year.

  • EDITORIAL: Employers need to adapt to find best workers, hiring success

    The labor market is simply not what it once was, and if businesses are going to succeed, they will need to figure out how to recruit and retain the best employees.

    For nearly a decade, employers got away with considering many employees as disposable during a sluggish economic recovery from the Great Recession of 2008. The unemployment rate was high enough and the labor market large enough that there were enough people looking for work that the balance of power largely favored the employers.

  • OPINION: Decide primary election for governor on policies, not politics

    As election seasons go, this one has been a sleeper.

    The first of May, the editor and I were talking about how little attention the primaries had gotten, either from citizens or the media. But a few days later, the pursuit of the Democratic Party’s nomination for governor had turned into a real horse race, and one nearly as scandalous, I might add, as this year’s Kentucky Derby.

    The election is only 10 days away, and it seems the candidates are everywhere, on the airwaves and in the flesh, grasping hands and handing out yard signs.

  • OPINION: ‘Stony the Road’ outlines the violent campaign to reverse Reconstruction

    WASHINGTON — Conservatives sometimes accuse the academic left of ignoring the good in American history and emphasizing the horrors. But in some respects, the typical telling of the American story does not focus enough on the horrors.

  • OPINION: If impeachment comes, it’s on Trump and the Republicans

    WASHINGTON — Our nation does not have to face a constitutional crisis, but we are barreling toward one at breakneck speed. The House should not have to move quickly toward impeachment, but it may now have little choice.

  • Local nonprofits raising funds with online campaign

    Several Kentucky nonprofit organizations will be raising funds through an online campaign Tuesday, including groups that operate locally.

    May 14 is the annual Kentucky Gives Day, a 24-hour statewide online giving event during which community members can donate to support projects for registered nonprofits and charities. In Nelson County, participating groups include the Kentucky Railway Museum, Barktown Rescue, the Nelson County Schools Community Support Foundation and the Stephen Foster Drama Association. Those interested in donating can go to kygives.org.

  • County asked to create energy district

    The Nelson County Fiscal Court has been asked to consider providing a way for businesses to take advantage of low-interest financing for energy efficiency projects.

    Chris Jones, of the non-profit Energize Kentucky, made a presentation to the county judge-executive and magistrates Tuesday about PACE (property assessed clean energy) financing for capital projects.

    PACE allows building construction and improvements that result in utility savings to be funded by private capital and repaid by means of a long-term tax assessment, usually for 20 to 25 years.

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  • Tourism offering marketing grants

    The deadline is this week for the annual Bardstown tourism marketing grant applications.

    “To encourage new tourism venues, events and attractions, the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourism Commission has initiated a Tourism Development Grant program for government or non-profit organizations in Nelson County,” Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Convention Commission Executive Director Michael Mangeot said.

  • Jail log, May 6-9

    Scotty L. Johnson, 44, second-degree fleeing on foot, contempt of court, receiving stolen property, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of meth and parole violation.

    Jeffrey L. Ellis, 43, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of meth and possession of marijuana (previously indicted).

    Megan G. Vittitow, 25, possession of drug paraphernalia, first-degree possession of meth and possession of marijuana (previously indicted).

    Freddie D. Woolett, 38, fourth-degree assault (previously indicted).