• Drug Court successful, research still needed

    Kentucky has the sixth highest per-capita death rate in the United States from prescription drug overdose.

    According to the Centers for Disease Control, in recent years, drug overdoses have killed more people than vehicle crashes. Locally, that trend is the same, and overdose death rates are steadily increasing. And not every overdose is fatal. Nelson County EMS responded to 58 overdoses between Aug. 31, 2013, and Aug. 31, 2014. And those patients are from different races, age groups and social classes.

  • Cable service’s viability depends on adapting to consumer wants

    The announcement that Bardstown Cable will start offering TV Everywhere is welcome news and shows the publicly owned utility is trying to keep up with the ever-evolving media landscape.

    Earlier this month, the Bardstown City Council authorized Mayor Bill Sheckles to sign a contract that will make it possible for cable subscribers to watch their favorite shows on their smartphones, tablets and laptops.

  • Bourbon Festival is our time to shine

    The Kentucky Bourbon Festival officially kicked off yesterday for the 23rd time. The next six days will be filled with numerous events, from first-class paid events for those 21 years of age and older to exciting free activities targeting the entire family. What better way to spend the glorious fall days of September than to enjoy all things celebrating bourbon?

  • Pennants, signs add charm to downtown

    Ask any one of the thousands of visitors that come to downtown Bardstown every year to describe it in a few words, and chances are you will hear the word “charming.”

    Charming encompasses a lot of elements, and obviously one person’s idea of charming is different from another’s.

    Take, for instance, the OPEN banners (pennants) and sandwich boards at the center of so much controversy last week as the city looks at updating its sign ordinance.

  • United Way an avenue to help friends and neighbors

    The newly formed Tri-County Kentucky United Way kicked off its fall fundraising campaign last Thursday. The organization, formerly known as Untied Way of Nelson County, has been working for more than a year to expand into Marion and Washington counties to create a tri-county area effort.

    “The name has changed, but the mission remains the same,” said Executive Director Kenny Fogle. The goal of Tri-County Kentucky United Way is to raise funds for 27 nonprofit agencies so they can go about their good work helping our neighbors during their time of need.

  • Johnson, Auslander a loss for community

    This summer our close-knit communities lost two men who served in many capacities and were giving of both their talents and time. Both men were avid volunteers who wanted nothing more than to serve their communities and lift up their neighbors during their time of need. These humble and gracious men simply went about their work not seeking any recognition, but only hoping to make a lasting impact.

  • Voters lose in candidates’ tit-for-tat feuds

    A campaign bus that doesn’t have the proper permits to carry passengers. A campaign manager who resigned because of rumors he might be connected to an improper donation in Iowa last year.

    These are the topics it seems the campaigns for both sides of the U.S. Senate seat in Kentucky want to talk about.

    Of course, the candidates don’t want to talk about their own campaign problems. They want to talk about their opponent’s.

  • For workers, reality puts a damper on celebration

    Swimming against a strong current is an apt comparison for the plight of most workers today.

    A recent study by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy illustrates just how hard it has become not only for the unemployed, but even for those who get up every day and go to work.

    “The State of Working Kentucky 2014” reported that between 2001 and 2013, Kentucky workers’ median wages fell 8 percent after adjusting for inflation.

    And those are the workers who still have jobs.

  • BackPack program worth every penny you can spare

    Have you ever been hungry? We mean really hungry, where your stomach starts to growl, your head is pounding and you become weak? Imagine going an entire day without eating. Now imagine a child going two straight days without any food. No, this isn’t a scene in a third world country, but one that plays out right here in Nelson County.

  • Culinary and other teams expand skills taught in school

    Last week, the Thomas Nelson High School Junior Chef team, the Purple Cow Crew, made it to the championship competition at the state level for culinary teams. Not only is this an achievement for the school — as is any successful competition at state level, it is important for our schools and shows how our education system is evolving and expanding.