Bardstown missing nearly $764K; police investigating

An audit of a Kentucky city found nearly $764,000 in missing cash receipts, undocumented personal expenses and account credits over a six-year period ending last year.

Findings of the audit have been turned over to Kentucky State Police and an investigation is ongoing, WHAS-TV reported.

Certified public accountant Linda Gray outlined how the money disappeared from the City of Bardstown coffers during an audit presentation this month to the City Council.

Gray said it appears a former employee took cash from payments made by customers before depositing the money, bought a cellphone with a city credit card, took vacation days that had not yet accrued and paid expense reimbursements without proper documentation.

The former employee wasn’t named. No charges have been filed.

Kentucky opens regional driver licensing office in Richmond

Kentucky has a new regional driver licensing office in Richmond where some services are available remotely.

The Richmond location is the 11th Kentucky Transportation Cabinet regional office newly opened or reopened to handle licensing needs during the coronavirus pandemic, the cabinet said in a news release.

Anyone whose license, permit or ID card was lost or expired, or will expire, anytime from March 1 through Feb. 28 and who doesn’t require testing may apply for renewal or replacement remotely through the circuit court clerk in their county, the agency said.

Essential, in-person public services are offered in a way that protects public health, Gov. Andy Beshear said. “Essential services include issuing, renewing and replacing operator’s licenses and official identification cards for our fellow Kentuckians who depend on them for employment, travel and emergencies,” he said.

Kentucky whiskey producer part of tree-planting project

A Kentucky whiskey maker is teaming with a conservation group for a tree-planting initiative.

Bulleit Frontier Whiskey said it’s working with the group American Forests for the project. The goal is to plant 1 million trees in the next five years, it said.

In addition to its reforestation efforts, Bulleit said it has committed to supporting American Forests’ goal of creating more green space in urban areas.

The partnership will reforest landscapes in the eastern U.S. dominated by white oaks, a key species for wildlife, water conservation and forest products.

Bulleit said it has prioritized white oak restoration because, in addition to being a cornerstone species of the region’s forests, white oaks are essential to the future of many industries, including the whiskey industry. By definition, bourbon must be aged in new charred oak containers.

In 2017, Bulleit celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of a new distillery at Shelbyville, Kentucky.

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