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State’s education funding method forces taxpayers to carry more of the burden

By ASHLEY HOLLINGSHEADNelson County Board of Education member Monday, Sept. 19, 2022 — Our state school funding is broken, and Nelson County is an example of how the system puts an unfair burden on property owners. This has a real impact on people’s lives. Let’s consider a three-bedroom, 1,500 square foot home in Nelson County […]

September 19th, 2022 | Posted in Breaking News,Education,News,Politics,State government | 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 »

General Assembly takes swift action to support Eastern Ky. flood recovery

By JIMMY HIGDON14th District Senator Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022 — Kentucky officials, residents and many from outside our state’s borders turned their full attention to the desperate needs of our fellow Kentuckians when historic flooding ravaged eastern Kentucky in July. Millions of donations poured in to aid in rescue and recovery efforts. Volunteers from far […]

August 27th, 2022 | Posted in Breaking News,Business News,Community News,News,Opinion,Politics,Public Safety,State government | Read More »

Legislative update: Changes should improve school safety, quality this year

By JIMMY HIGDON14th District State Senator Thursday, Aug. 4, 2022 — It is a busy time of year for Kentucky families as students get back into the school routine, and the many after-school activities get into full gear. I wish all the students, teachers, school staff and parents a great year. With each new school […]

August 4th, 2022 | Posted in Business News,Education,News,Politics,Public Safety,State government | Read More »

Higdon: Here’s how to get help to the flood victims in Eastern Kentucky

By JIMMMY HIGDON14th District State Senator Monday, Aug. 1, 2022 — Thursday’s flooding in eastern Kentucky exacted a devastating and deadly toll. As of Friday morning, 15 were confirmed dead, with the number expected to rise. Approximately 33,000 homes were left without power. A state of emergency was declared. Emergency management personnel and the Kentucky […]

August 1st, 2022 | Posted in Breaking News,Community News,Journalism,News,Opinion,Politics,Public Safety,State government | Read More »

Legislative update: Committee meetings underway during 2022 interim

By JIMMY HIDGON14th District State Senator Thursday, July 28, 2022 — The Kentucky General Assembly is more than a month into the 2022 Interim, and committee meetings are in full swing. My fellow lawmakers and I are receiving updates on the implementation of past enacted policies and hearing testimony on various issues impacting Kentuckians. Notable […]

July 29th, 2022 | Posted in Breaking News,Education,News,Opinion,Politics,Public Safety,State government | 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 »

Judge Executive Deans Watts’ final fiscal court meeting is business as usual

By JIM BROOKSNelson County Gazette / WBRT Radio Tuesday, July 19, 2022 — Judge Executive Dean Watts led the final fiscal court meeting of his career Tuesday morning. During the meeting, Nelson County Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa presented Watts with a shadow box that featured the emblems representing the magistrates and the various county departments Watts […]

July 19th, 2022 | Posted in Breaking News,County government,Historic,News,Politics,State government | Read More »

Bluegrass Beacon: Government can calm inflation fears with meaningful policies

By JIM WATERSBluegrass Institute for Public Policy Solutions Thursday, July 7, 2022 — Welcome to the scary return of inflation, which Ronald Reagan famously described “as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber and as deadly as a hit man.” While Transportation Secretary Jim Gray isn’t quite as intense in portraying the […]

July 7th, 2022 | Posted in News,Opinion,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 »