• Officials need to learn to agree, compromise in interest of citizens

    The spirit of cooperation seems to be in short supply among the leadership of the City of Bardstown.

    Last week was just the latest example, and possibly not the last.

    After nearly 20 years, the city and county are ending their cooperative agreement on managing Dean Watts Park because Bardstown Mayor John Royalty and Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts couldn’t come to an agreement.

  • Prayers for Crystal's safe return

    The pink and white yard signs scattered across Nelson County and beyond say it all: “Prayers for Crystal’s Safe Return.” Members of the community have said many prayers, as everyone wants Crystal to arrive back to her five children safe and sound. But as time ticks on, doubts are starting to creep in and hope is dwindling. 

  • Signs of progress for Kentucky children

    Kentucky’s gains in child well-being — even while more children lived in poverty — should inspire lawmakers to tackle economic inequality in 2016.

    Smart policy and new state laws — including graduated driver’s licensing and mandatory booster seats — help explain decreases in child deaths as well as less teen pregnancy, fewer low birth weight babies and more children with health insurance in Kentucky.

  • Crusade money comes back to help our kids

    You’ve likely seen the firemen standing at intersections with their buckets and hopefully dropped in some spare change.

    Chances are you’ve seen the telethon on WHAS 11 or heard it on WHAS radio.

  • Rumors hinder process, hide what’s really important

    Life in a small town is many things. It’s quiet and quaint and full of nostalgia and charm. Everyone knows when you get married, go on vacation or have a baby. Unfortunately, the same is true when you get arrested, lose your job or get a divorce. In times of tragedy, that more common news is replaced with gossip and speculation, because everybody knows everybody and everyone has a theory.

  • Heart disease might not be what you think

    What do you think about when you overhear someone talking about heart disease?

    If the first thing that comes to mind is an older person or someone who is overweight, there’s more you should know.

    While age and weight are contributing factors, heart disease can affect even the youngest or seemingly healthiest members of society. And unlike some medical conditions, it’s not more likely to affect certain races.

  • Barton needs a permanent solution

    Nothing’s any better than taking a deep breath on a hazy summer morning and smelling the aroma of sweet corn mash. It’s a smell all our own as the Bourbon Capital of the World, and it means production is in full swing. But for the last two summers, the sweet smell of corn mash has been replaced with a stench. The odor has been identified by Barton’s as hydrogen sulfide, which smells like sewage.

    Due to year-round distilling at Barton 1792, the company’s lagoons have been at capacity, filled with the chemical, which has caused the distinct undesirable odor.

  • Admire wandering wild animals, but leave them alone

    As a young black male bear made his way through Bardstown and Nelson County last week, people’s reactions differed.

    Some were delighted to see the bear that was spotted around town. It was probably the first time those residents had seen a black bear in the wild. Others were terrified, as anyone should be when they see such an animal in the wild. Being cautious is and should be the first rule anytime you are around wild animals as you never know their next move.

  • Religious, civil aspects of marriage are separate issues

    The recent decision by Nelson County Judge-Executive Dean Watts to stop performing all marriages is disappointing.

    Watts announced his decision last week following the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling that bans against same-sex marriages were unconstitutional, thus making them legal nationwide.

  • Free lunches for all students improve learning environment