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  • Couple make historic investment in ECTC

    Dr. Robert E. and Rita Robbins of Elizabethtown recently presented a $1 million gift to Elizabethtown Community and Technical College from the Dr. Robert E. and Rita H. Robbins Fund of Central Kentucky Community Foundation. Their gift is the single largest private investment ever given to ECTC.

    At a celebration at ECTC’s Elizabethtown campus, college leaders, faculty, staff and students honored the Robbinses’ commitment to making the region a better place. Dr. Juston Pate, ECTC president, called Dr. Bob and Rita Robbins visionary leaders in the community.

  • NCS among state’s top five energy-efficient districts

    Nelson County Schools was recently recognized as one of the top five energy-efficient districts in the state, ranking third behind Owen County and Butler County.

    The recognition comes from the Kentucky School Boards Association, which recently recognized its 400th Energy Star School at a press conference Jan. 23.

  • State budget concerns play role in county school district discussion

    Discussing a district budget in the middle of a legislative budget session is always tricky, Chief Operating Officer for Nelson County Schools Tim Hockensmith said. But with Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget cuts, this year’s efforts to plan ahead are especially concerning.

    Nelson County Schools approved its draft budget for 2018-2019 at its meeting last week, and in his overview with the board, Hockensmith said pensions, transportation, and health insurance could strongly affect the district if Bevin’s budget is approved.

  • Mills retires as city’s electrical engineer

    Jeff Mills is trading his City of Bardstown monogrammed shirts for a “doo dah hat.”

    The city’s electrical engineer and head of its electric, and cable television and internet departments retires today after three decades of service to the city.

    On Thursday, he’ll be a volunteer for the Stephen Foster Drama Association, working to help resolve the issues facing the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre so that it can open in time for the 60th season of “The Stephen Foster Story.”

  • Kentucky Distillers Association opening office in Bardstown’s Spalding Hall

    The Kentucky Distillers Association’s third office will be in Bardstown.

    Eric Gregory, KDA president, made the announcement in a press release Monday.

    The office will be on the second floor of Spalding Hall, above the Oscar Getz Museum of Whiskey History and below the Kentucky Bourbon Festival’s new space.

    The historic building is at 114 N. Fifth St. behind the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral.

  • ‘A lasting impact’

    In the hall, colorful cutouts of students’ hands hung from trees and, on a bulletin board, school photos decorated paper balloons. The simple decorations were a reminder of why the guests attended Saturday’s Portraits of Excellence dinner — it was all for the kids of today and of tomorrow.

  • Two Nelson County educators recognized by state leadership group

    Two Nelson County Schools educators were recognized recently by the state for their work in education. Tanya Jury and Tiffanie Clark were among the 30 educators selected for the first cohort of the Kentucky Women in Education Leadership (KWEL), according to a press release

    Applicants were chosen based on specific leadership criteria, and they were recognized at a ceremony in Louisville Jan. 19. KWEL is designed for women working in P-12 public education who are entering or advancing their careers.

  • Jury acquits defendant of manslaughter

    A Nelson County jury acquitted a man Monday of all criminal charges related to a fatal crash on Taylorsville Road in January 2017.

    The jury deliberated for less than an hour before returning a not-guilty verdict for Jerico Bentley, of Campbellsville, on second-degree manslaughter charges in the death of Emily Outlaw, of Jeffersontown.

    The trial ended Monday after five days of testimony where Bentley’s attorney argued that prosecutors had no proof that he was driving the car when it crashed.

  • Standard takes first in statewide contest

    The Kentucky Standard was named best multi-weekly newspaper in the statewide press association contest Friday.

    The newspaper won first place in the General Excellence category of the 2017 Kentucky Press Association’s Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition. The General Excellence award is determined by the number of prizes awarded in individual categories.

    The Standard placed in 23 individual categories, including nine firsts, for coverage between Oct. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2017. Journalists in the Mississippi Press Association judged the contest.

  • Standard takes General Excellence in advertising

    The Kentucky Standard advertising and graphics departments won first place in General Excellence in the 2017 Kentucky Press Association Advertising Excellence in Kentucky Newspapers competition in the Multi-Weekly division for the 12th year. The awards were announced January 25th during the opening day of the 2018 KPA Winter Convention at the Hilton Inn in Lexington.

    The winning staff and advertisements were: