• EDITORIAL: Ethics law changes should safeguard public’s right to know

    It’s nearly impossible to account for every instance when drafting and passing a law, and such is the situation with the ethics ordinance that covers local governments in Nelson County.

    The Board of Ethics for Bardstown, Fairfield and Nelson County is considering updating the county’s ethics ordinance, which has been on the books since 1995 and has gone through several revisions, the most recent of which was in 2011, when some minor changes were made.

  • Editorial: Dispatchers, unsung heroes of emergency management

    In a recent, front-page article about Nelson County Dispatch, Debbie Carter, the Dispatch Center’s director, acknowledged that her agency is usually left out of stories involving firefighters, police or EMS. She acknowledged that it is “hard to compete with blue lights and bullets.”

    It might be hard to compete, but that doesn’t mean the men and women of Nelson County Dispatch are any less worthy of recognition and respect.

  • EDITORIAL: Pike Conway: A life well-lived to inspire us all

    The Rev. Terry Bradshaw, lead celebrant at Thursday’s funeral Mass for Pike Conway, termed the gathering a celebration of “a life well lived.”


  • You can save a life by signing your license

    In the U.S. more than 123,000 men, women and children currently need lifesaving organ transplants and every 10 minutes a new name is added to this list. Nearly 1,000 of those people live in Kentucky and are anxiously waiting that call so they may have a second chance at life. Unfortunately, on average, 22 people in the U.S. will die each day because the organs they needed were not donated in time.

  • Royalty still a danger to innocent bystanders

    Bardstown is losing a valued public servant with Police Chief Rick McCubbin’s announcement that he will retire soon, and that loss comes at the hands of one man.

    Bardstown Mayor John Royalty.

    McCubbin was left with really no option after Royalty blindsided the chief by demoting two of his longtime command staff and appointing two of the mayor’s personal friends as their replacements.

  • Get educated to fight cervical cancer, HPV

    It’s been referred to as the common cold of STDs.

    Its reach is not limited to those among us others describe as promiscuous. In fact, studies suggest that if you’ve had unprotected sex with just two people, you’ve likely been exposed.

    Human papillomavirus (HPV) is the most common sexually transmitted infection in the United States. It currently affects nearly 80 million Americans. And most people who contract it never experience any symptoms or develop any health problems.

    But some do. And some of those problems can be life-altering.

  • Lodging regs should strike a balance

    In the capitalist tradition, market inefficiencies have a tendency to work themselves out, with supply fulfilling demand’s needs one way or another.

    Bardstown is a city with a vibrant tourist economy that far outpaces cities several times its size. People want to come here and sit a spell, take in the scenery and small-town charm, sample our distilleries’ wares, and not be rushed back out of town because there’s no place convenient to spend the night, as hotel rooms are often long booked in advance during the warmer months.

  • Think before you plant

    If the road to Hades is tree lined, the trees are probably Bradford pears.

  • HB40 will offer some a fresh start

    House Bill 40 was delivered to Gov. Matt Bevin’s office April 1 for his signature, and it was no April Fool’s joke for many residents across Kentucky who have done their time but still are feeling the punishment for their crime. 

  • Opening juvenile court will finally allow analysis of the system

     It took many years to test the waters of opening juvenile court proceedings with Kentucky legislators, but, finally, many agree that passing Senate Bill 40 is the first step in the right direction. 

    While SB40 doesn’t open all juvenile court proceedings in all Kentucky courtrooms, it is allowing, for the first time, a creation of a small number of pilot sites in Kentucky courts that will open child abuse and neglect proceedings.