• Public voices concerns to school board again

    Monday’s school board meeting saw a smaller crowd than prior gatherings, but those who attended had a lot to say when it came time for guest comments.

    Larry Adamson was the first to approach the podium and his focus Monday was on Horizons Academy, where he worked until the end of the school year.

  • NCS brainstorming sessions taking place

    Playing of off concerns identified at a series of meetings last week, Nelson County Schools is continuing summer efforts this week with brainstorming sessions.

    “We’ve generated a lot of ideas,” Superintendent Anthony Orr said.

    Some have been critical of the meetings on social media, saying things like “too little, too late,” or calling the process a “smokescreen” to distract from problems.

    But Orr says he believes the district will see some short-term gains to start, and work its way to long-term approaches.

  • NCS teachers re-evaluate school culture

    Five Nelson County Schools teachers, along with Superintendent Anthony Orr, came together Thursday morning to discuss ways to improve school culture for the last day of town hall meetings during the week.

    The main topics of the meeting were establishing a consistent culture across schools and making sure everyone — teachers, students and parents — feel valuable to the school system.

    “Am I just doing this paperwork to check a square or is it really going to be important?” asked Col. Donna Lucchese, a teacher at Nelson County High School.

  • REMINDER: Nelson County School Board Meeting change

    As a reminder, the Nelson County Board of Education's regular June meeting was rescheduled for Monday, June 19 at 6:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Central Office, 288 Wildcat Lane in Bardstown. The agenda for the meeting as sent to media has been posted below. Brainstorming sessions for the district will also kick off on Tuesday, June 20 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Old Kentucky Home Middle School. Tuesday's session will focus on student/school safety.


    Nelson County Regular
    June 19, 2017 6:30 PM
    Central Office

  • An ‘unspoken’ connection

    Talking to the wall or trying out three accents for one phrase might not appear normal to the everyday observer, for but for members of the Bethlehem High School Speech Team, it’s just another part of practice.

    Since being revamped about four years ago by coach Jenny Neel, the Bethlehem High School Speech Team has shown tremendous progress in the region, state and nation.

  • Classical learning with Christ at the center

    Come August, some local families will be exploring a new educational setting for their kids as the Unitas Honor Academy opens its doors for its inaugural year. The new private school on Bloomfield Road is small and still finalizing its formation, but the staff’s mission is to provide classical Christian education and a familial atmosphere.

    “We are really excited to bring this to families who seek something like this,” said Andrea Hutchins, who is opening the school with her husband, Jeremy.

  • ‘Listening sessions’ held for Nelson County Schools

    A few dozen participants turned out Tuesday for the first in a series of meetings introduced by Nelson County Schools this summer, which district officials say will be used to help address concerns in the coming school year. Representing teachers, parents and students, the crowd met at Thomas Nelson High School for morning and evening sessions that began with the topic of safety in schools.

    “What brings us here is a common interest,” said Superintendent Anthony Orr, who opened the meetings before turning them over to facilitators and participants.

  • The bond of love we have with our pets

    Billy Holland

    religion columnist


    Within two weeks of each other, my son and daughter-in-law took both of their dogs to the vet to end their suffering. Juno and Bishop were so loving and gentle. They were rescued a few years ago, but sadly, they both had recently been diagnosed with cancer. It’s very difficult to go through this, but our sincere love and respect does not to want to see them suffer.

  • Friends earn matching National Merit Scholarships

    Mary Ann Downs knew exactly what her son needed to do to get the best college scholarship possible.

    “When I got into high school, my mom said, ‘The goal for you is to try to get a National Merit scholarship,’ ” said Davis Downs, a recent Bethlehem High School graduate who received a $500-per-year National Merit scholarship after being named a finalist. Danny Manion, another Bethlehem student and Downs’ friend, earned the same scholarship.

  • Teens continue hospital volunteerism with summer assignments

    Maggie Piles and Lydia Sandefur straightened their ID badges and smoothed their shirts as they headed to their assigned locations. Piles sorted through books as she waited for patients to come to the third-floor activities room. Sandefur cleaned up a vacant infusion room at the cancer center.

    Most days the tasks are simple, but the summer volunteer opportunity is important for the hospital.