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Fiscal court approves industrial revenue bonds for Heaven Hill Distilleries

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022 — Nelson Fiscal Court gave final approval for Heaven Hill Distilleries’ $135 million in Industrial Revenue Bonds. The court gave its initial approval in June when the project was announced. The bonds will go toward the construction of a new distillery and bottling […]

October 5th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,County government,News,Politics | Read More »

District 2 magistrate candidates meet for Nelson County America First PAC forum

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022 — The magistrate candidates for District 2 participated in town hall-style forum Wednesday at Thomas Nelson High School sponsored by Nelson County American First PAC. Incumbent 2nd District Magistrate Gary Coulter, who is completing his first term on Nelson Fiscal Court, and Republican […]

October 1st, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,County government,Election News,Elections,News,Politics | Read More »

Judge-exec debate compares, contrasts, candidates for county’s highest office

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Saturday, Sept. 24, 2022 — The candidates in the race for Nelson County judge-executive squared off Thursday evening at the Thomas Nelson High School auditorium in a forum sponsored by Nelson County American First PAC, led by Don Thrasher. Local journalist Dennis George served as moderator of […]

September 24th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,County government,Election News,Elections,News,Politics,Public Safety | Read More »

Stoli CEO says new distillery, visitor complex still on track for Kentucky Owl

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIOSTAFF REPORT Friday, Sept. 16, 2022 — Plans to develop the former rock quarry at the intersection of Bloomfield Road and KY245 are still in the works, according to the parent company’s CEO. Damian McKinny, chief executive officer of the Stoli Group International, said the plans are moving forward to build […]

September 16th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,News | Read More »

Nelson Fiscal Court sets lower property tax rate; discusses bourbon liquids tax

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022 — Nelson Fiscal Court approved the county’s new property tax and tangibles tax rate at its regular meeting Tuesday morning. Last year’s tax rates were 13.9 cents per $100 value. This year’s real estate tax rate is 13.7 cents per $100 value, and […]

September 6th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,County government,News,State government | Read More »

Rapier sworn-in as judge; vehicle donation to help Letcher County Sheriff’s Office

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022 — Nicky Rapier was sworn-in Tuesday morning as the new judge executive of Nelson County at the start of the first fiscal court meeting in nearly 30 years without Dean Watts as the head of county government. Though Gov. Andy Beshear signed the […]

August 2nd, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,County government,News,Police / Fire / EMS,Politics,Public Safety | Read More »

Nelson Fiscal Court discusses distilled spirits tax issue at special-called meeting

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Tuesday, July 26, 2022 — Nelson Fiscal Court meet Tuesday morning for a special-called meeting in what Judge Executive Dean Watts said would definitely be his final meeting. Most of the meeting focused on a discussion about the taxes placed on aging whiskey while it sits in […]

July 26th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,County government,News,Politics,State government | Read More »

Health condition prompts Watts to step down early as Nelson Co. judge executive

By JIM BROOKSNElson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Thursday, July 7, 2022 — Nelson County Judge Executive Dean Watts announced Thursday morning that due to recent health issues, he will step down as judge executive effective July 31, 2022. Watts’ press release states that he has sent a letter to Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear advising […]

July 7th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,City Government,County government,Election News,Elections,Historic,News,State government | Read More »

Bardstown Bourbon announces purchase of Owensboro’s Green River Spirits

NC GAZETTE / WBRT RADIOSTAFF REPORT Monday, July 4, 2022 — The Bardstown Bourbon Co. announced plans last week to purchase Owensboro’s Green River Spirits. The purchase includes the historic Green River Distilling Co. in Owensboro, which is the 10th-oldest distillery in the state. The deal should close by the end of July, according to […]

July 4th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,Business News,News | Read More »

Tired of ‘beating a dead horse,’ sheriff urges court to upgrade officer pay, benefits

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Tuesday, June 7, 2022 — Nelson Fiscal Court’s meeting ended on a tense note Tuesday morning after Nelson County Sheriff’s Ramon Pineiroa thanked the court for its 7 percent across-the-board employee raise, but told the magistrates the raises fell short of a salary that will retain his […]

June 7th, 2022 | Posted in Bourbon-related,Breaking News,County government,News,Police / Fire / EMS,Politics,Public Safety | Read More »