• Write it all down as the progress of man

    It seems every day, we lose a little piece of our history, those little signs of small town and rural life that we once took for granted.

    They disappear and we write it down as the progress of man, as John Prine would sing.

  • City regs would benefit from regular updating

    In less than three months, Bardstown City Council has voted against its own planning regulations not once, but twice. The first appeal was filed by Rosemary Humkey in July when she was cited for her barber shop’s temporary car sign. The council voted to overturn the citation, judging the sign ordinance was unclear. All parties involved agreed it was time to revisit the Bardstown sign ordinance and a committee to tackle the unpopular but necessary regulation was formed.

  • Heaven Hill setting good standard for bourbon

    Tuesday, the Kentucky Distillers Association released a report detailing bourbon’s impact on Kentucky’s economy and showing how much growth the industry has experienced in recent years.

  • Youth Vote teaches the importance of voting

    On Tuesday, Nov. 4, you can make a difference with a single vote. Not only by casting your own vote, but by taking a child to the polls where they will have an opportunity to vote alongside you on a Youth Vote ballot.

    The Optimist Youth Vote program is sponsored by the Bardstown Optimist Club with help from media partners The Kentucky Standard and PLG-TV.

  • Designation helps, but doesn’t solve drug problem

    The designation of Nelson County as a High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area is a dubious event to celebrate.

    It is good that the area will receive more funding from the federal government to help combat the drug problem in the county. It is bad news that we need it.

    As of Oct. 1, Nelson County was added to the Appalachia HIDTA, which covers parts of Tennessee, West Virginia and at least 30 Kentucky counties.

  • Area educators deserve credit for improved KPREP scores

    Results from 2013-14 KPREP testing were recently released and credit is certainly due to area educators.

    KPREP — the Kentucky Performance Rating for Educational Progress — measures several factors used to determine if schools are preparing students for life after graduation.

  • Educate yourself about breast cancer

    Your bra is not giving you breast cancer.

    Your deodorant is not giving you breast cancer.

    Coffee is not giving you breast cancer.

    Mammograms are not giving you breast cancer.

    In a large percentage of cases, your genes aren’t even giving you breast cancer.

    As with anything that escalates to the level of attention breast cancer has received, there are several myths about the disease. There are posts all over social media and even reports on mainstream media that do nothing but incite fear over incorrect information.

  • The Standard holds true to its mission

    As we mark the 74th year of National Newspaper Week, it is important to look not only back, but also ahead at the role our organization plays in the life of our community.

    The Kentucky Standard writes about a lot of subjects, people and organizations, but rarely about itself. During this week of Oct 5-11, please allow us this indulgence to explain how we see ourselves and what we strive to be.

  • Can we talk drug treatment? ‘Obamacare’ Kentucky’s best shot at beating scourge

    Trying to lay out a coherent approach to deal with Kentucky’s plague of drug abuse and addiction without touting the Affordable Care Act is like explaining Keeneland without mentioning horse races.

    You can offer some details and useful recommendations (such as the gorgeous grounds and corned beef sandwiches) while completely missing the big picture.

    Missing the big picture is what Kentucky’s competitors for U.S. Senate are doing as they try to win votes on the drug-abuse issue.

  • Seizing an uncomfortable opportunity

    The video of NFL Pro Ray Rice attacking his now-wife in an elevator outraged many Americans across the nation and rightly so.

    The incident has helped to spark a national conversation about the seriousness of domestic violence and the consequences. The attention, while uncomfortable for most, has been welcomed by victim advocates who hope the incident will finally shift the way our country addresses domestic violence.