Bardstown residents worried about city's reputation; frustrated by bad publicity
BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - Bardstown residents say they're frustrated with the stream of bad publicity facing the city.
Most recently, Bardstown fired Tom Roby, a former assistant police chief weeks from retiring, for shredding records. Former Police Chief Rick McCubbin, who just left the force during a dispute with the mayor, said in a long Facebook directed at the mayor that the record shredding is routine and everything needed had already been copied.
That's not to mention currently legal disputes regarding the case of Crystal Rogers, who disappeared 11 months ago, or the unsolved murder of Officer Jason Ellis.
Amanda Greer has worked at Hurst Drug Store for the past 20 years, but the store has sat the corner of the city's center for more than 100 years.
"We're getting a lot of bad publicity right now but I still wouldn't live anywhere else," Greer said.
Recently, the gossip at the store and around the city has gotten worse.
"Every day that's all we hear. Every day; the police department or the mayor," Greer said. "It's like a feeding frenzy. You log onto Facebook and that's all you see."
Once voted America's most beautiful small town, people in the city are now worried they're quickly earning a different reputation.
"It's ugly for the people that live here," Edna Mae Conner, a lifelong Bardstown resident, said. "I'm disappointed."
"It's worse than the Democrats and the Republicans now," Sharon Lanhan, another lifelong Bardstown resident, said. "We're all frustrated."
"It seems like it's getting worse by the day," Greer said. "It's something new every day. It's frustrating, I'm sure, for a lot of people."
Besides filling prescriptions, Hurst Drug Store, sells postcards and souvenirs to tourists.
"They do ask questions," Greer said. "What's going on with this or that, and we kindly explain."
The hope is issues get solved, and they don't have to explain much longer.
"Everywhere I go, people want to know 'what's going on in Bardstown,'" Lanhan said. "A year ago nobody knew where Bardstown was and that was a good thing."
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