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$65.24 Inside Today 50 cents • 14 pages • Vol. 112, No. 40 • www.kystandard.com The Kentucky Standard Sunday, April 1, 2012 No bus drivers fired under cost-cutting proposal Plan cuts $252,389 from transportation budget ERIN L.MCCOY emccoy@kystandard.com A proposal to cut $252,389 from the Nelson County Schools transportation budget would eliminate six routes and six bus drivers without having to fire a single driver. The bus driver positions would be eliminated through attrition, as at least six drivers already plan to retire or resign by the end of the year, Executive Director of Operations Tim Hockensmith told the Nelson County School Board at a work session Thursday. “We are not going to have to eliminate anybody from their jobs,” confirmed Director of Physical Support Services Todd Sanders. Some bus drivers have “ We wanted to make sure that we compensated people, but now that we see how that works, we were overcompensating people. TODD SANDERS, DIRECTOR OF PHYSICAL SUPPORT SERVICES expressed concern in recent weeks that a large percentage of their work force may be cut, or that they might be asked to run double routes and work more hours than what they’re paid to work. Superintendent Anthony Orr set a goal in January to cut $250,000 from the transportation budget, and he said although he had considered doubling every driver’s route, he knew that might not be feasible. However, Orr and Sanders said not all drivers were working the full four hours for which they were paid, and they wanted to make the department more efficient in that area. Only a relatively small number of routes would be affected by the proposal, likely to come before the school board’s April 17 reg- ular meeting, Sanders said. The department worked to redraw routes by combining some in which fewer students were being picked up and cutting down on areas where routes overlap. See DRIVERS, page A13 Moving Day Johnathan Moore Walter Moore Chad Newton Louisville men arrested at alleged meth cook ERIN L.MCCOY emccoy@kystandard.com A Nelson County Sheriff’s deputy allegedly discovered an active meth cook at a Timber Trail residence Tuesday. Three Louisville men were arrested and lodged at the Nelson County Jail, and more people may be charged, Dep. Reece Riley said. Johnathan Moore, 20, his father Walter Moore, 42, and Chad Newton, 25, all of Louisville, were each charged with manufacturing methamphetamine, complicity to manufacturing methamphetamine, first-degree possession of a controlled substance (meth) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Dispatch received an anonymous tip about a posSee METH, page A13 Art auction planned for community clinic fundraiser ERIN L. MCCOY/The Kentucky Standard Eight-year-old Kevin Collado, the youngest volunteer to help move St. Vincent de Paul to its new location, holds the door as Buddy Fields, Bardstown, pushes a refrigerator and Tony Hutchins, Bardstown, right, and Philip Mattingly, Bardstown, unload a truck. St. Vincent de Paul, which provides free and discounted food, clothing and furniture for Nelson County’s needy, was closed last week for the move from North Fourth Street to North Second Street, in the old Rizer building. It is expected to reopen this week. A blessing and dedication will be 8:30 a.m. April 9. BRAD BOWMAN bbowman@lcni.com Health care continues to be a contentious issue among politicians during election time. With the cost of health care sure to rise, health clinics continue to be the only alternative for those without insurance to receive the medical care they need. The Nelson County Community Clinic continues to meet the need of patients with economic hardships or those working that don’t have insurance without the politics. By supporting the Flaget Art Auction, residents of Nelson County can help support the clinic’s future. “We operate on a $180,000 annual budget and deliver an estimated $3 million in services,” said Jan Tronzo, Executive Director of Nelson County Community Clinic. “The value of services grows every year and this year it grew by about $700,000.” The Flaget Art Auction will be at the St. Gregory Community Center beginning at 6 p.m. April 13. There will be a silent auction, social hour and live auction including dinner. “We will open the doors 30 minutes early so peo- April Fools’Day pranks outlawed after legislative upheaval STAFFREPORT Kentuckians are illadvised to indulge in trickery on the trickiest day of the year after Gov. Steve Beshear signed a measure into law Friday to outlaw Rep. David April Fools’ Day pranks. Floyd The legislation was introduced in the Kentucky throughout the Capital. Senate in anticipation of a “I almost voted to outlaw repeat of last year’s April 1 pencils. That was poor judgsession, which fell on a Friday, resulting in a rash of ment on my part. Things just prank bills, whoopee cush- got out of hand, and that’s ions and misinformation not how a responsible legis- See AUCTION, page A3 >> OPINION An April Fools’ Day prank got out of hand in the General Assembly last year when Rep. David Floyd said Sen. Jimmy Higdon gave him tobacco laced with Tabasco sauce. Higdon blamed it on the day and swore it was bourbon not tobacco that he laced with Tabasco sauce. >> OBITUARIES Weigh in on this paper’s poll question at www.kystandard.com: lature operates,” the bill’s author said on the Senate floor. Nelson County representatives also got caught up in the holiday enthusiasm, but The older portion of St. Thomas cemetery gets a face-lift. >> Page A3 >> More commentary, Page A6-7 Do you know who your Kids’ friends are online? >> Page A14 BARDSTOWN CABLE OFFERS My Friends www.myfriends.rip INTERNET FILTERING PARENTS CONTROL For more information, contact us, and mention this ad. 348-1719 Brittany Michael Tyler Tiffany Thomas Kayla See PRANKS, page A2 >> PEOPLE AND PLACES >> INSIDE Preserve,Restore Mary Beatrice Fields, 89 Rylan Anthony Lyvers, infant Did you play an April Fool’s joke on someone or get one played on you? Sen. Jimmy Higdon say that what began with one legislator’s shoelaces being tied together under the podium escalated into legislative turmoil. “Jimmy offered me a chew of tobacco once and so I thought I’d try it, and it was so all-fired hot that I spit it out. He had loaded it with Tabasco sauce,” Rep. David Floyd said. “April Fools — I felt compelled to do it,” Sen. 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