• Share the joy this season

    It’s no surprise that the Christmas season is upon us.

    Radio stations have been playing Christmas music since the day after Halloween. Christmas décor has been in stores since before that. Christmas commercials for deals and sales at retail stores seem to have started somewhere around July.

  • This Saturday, shop small

    Shop local is more than a slogan.

    Small businesses are the lifeblood of economies in small towns. And they can be just the same for economies in bigger cities. These independently-owned shops, restaurants, stores and other businesses are owned and managed by your peers. They’re run by the people who live down the street from you. Their children go to our schools. Their bills are paid to the same companies as your own. When you buy from them, they’re putting your money back in to your community rather than in the pockets of large, national corporations.

  • Tomorrow, be truly thankful

    Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, a holiday steeped in tradition and all about family.

    It’s one of the last great holidays that hasn’t become overly commercialized, where there is no pressure to buy the perfect gifts or find just the right decorations. Instead, the day is spent enjoying great food prepared by loving hands, listening to the same old stories that have been exaggerated over time, watching some great football games and, finally, squeezing in a nap before another piece of homemade pumpkin pie.

  • Breastfeeding benefits us all

    Food is life.

    That’s the case for every person. We have to eat to live.

    Proper nutrition is essential for growth, development and overall health. When it comes to babies, that’s even truer than for adults. Infants are developing every second. They are fragile and rely on the rest of us to provide them nourishment.

    Breastfeeding is the ideal nourishment.

    We’re lucky to live in a society where infant formula exists and can be used to provide nutrients babies need in instances where breast milk isn’t available.

  • Cantrell contributes to vibrant art scene

    If you’ve been around Bardstown for a while, you will undoubtedly have discovered that it’s not your typical, run-of-the-mill small town.

    A big part of the high quality of life we enjoy here relative to other towns of our size is the vibrant arts scene that you just won’t find in similar-sized cities, or even those two and three times the size of Bardstown. And for those opportunities, we are beyond fortunate.

  • Airbnb could keep tourists in town

    With the scarcity of lodging in Bardstown coupled with the exploding tourism growth, Airbnb could be one of many possible solutions to further expand our visitors’ experience.

  • Royalty’s governing style doesn’t match goals

    If you’ve been keeping up with the stories over the last 11 months on the front of The Kentucky Standard about firings of city employees, the lyrics to “Another One Bites the Dust” probably come to mind.

    In December 2014, before even taking office, Mayor John Royalty told the Standard that, although he had talked about change, those who administer city government didn’t need to be concerned about him coming in and making sweeping personnel changes.

  • Achievements let a broader audience in on local soccer show

    As far as entertainment goes, the local girls’ soccer teams have always been one of the best box-office values.

    Over the years, when Thomas Nelson, Bardstown, Nelson County and Bethlehem meet up, it tends to result in evenly-matched, highly-competitive, ultra-intense affairs, especially when the rivals face off for their annual postseason thrill ride.

    Overtime games are all but guaranteed, making play in the 19th District as exciting as anywhere in the state, and our own little secret.

  • Thank vets today, and every day

    The 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month has been set aside each year for reflection, to honor and show gratitude to all the veterans who have worn the uniform of the United States.
    Today is that day — Veteran’s Day.

  • Lung cancer: a No. 1 ranking it would be good to lose

    November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month, and in Kentucky, the message is important. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentucky leads the nation in lung cancer cases and deaths. To put that into perspective, lung cancer kills Kentuckians at a rate of 50 percent above the national average, claiming over 3,500 lives each year.