• Work Ready distinction sets us apart, but the work’s not done

    Nelson County has once again found a way to distinguish itself, and the most recent announcement out of Frankfort could bode well for residents’ economic futures.

    Last week, Nelson County achieved “Work Ready Community” status, becoming only the 11th county in the state to earn the title, and the first in the Lincoln Trail Area Development District.

    What does this mean?

    For one, it gives a quick reference point to companies that are looking to locate in an area where they can be assured that a quality workforce is available for hire.

  • The future generation of farmers is vital to us all

    When you think about farmers, what do you picture?

    For many, the word likely conjures images of a middle-aged man in overalls driving a tractor.

    Quint Pottinger is not that farmer.

    Recently, Pottinger was named an agriculture Champion of Change by the White House and U.S. Department of Agriculture for his efforts to grow the next generation of farmers, his initiatives and his involvement in state agricultural organizations.

  • Debates are are vital to the political process

    Political season is in full force, with less than two and a half months until the general election in November. Most of the candidates are getting geared up for heated races. But with all the advertising campaigns, yard signs and letters of endorsement, one aspect of the political season continues to be pushed aside that is highly important to our democratic system — good old political debates.

  • More questions could have been asked in coroner ruling

    The findings of a Kentucky Standard investigation into the Nelson County coroner’s records raise significant questions about whether the county received adequate services for which it paid and the amount of oversight by county government in meting out sanctions.

    Nelson County Coroner Rayfield “Field” Houghlin was found by the joint city-county Ethics Board to have violated the county’s ethics laws when he hired his daughter as a deputy coroner. Houghlin, by his own account, ran afoul of the anti-nepotism rules when he hired her in March 2013.

  • It’s not too late to file

    There are still a couple of days left to file for nonpartisan races on the November ballot, and while the list is growing, there is still time left for those community members who want to make a difference.

    The deadline for nonpartisan races is Tuesday.

    As of Friday afternoon, 10 candidates had filed for the six seats on the Bardstown City Council. Four of those people are longtime incumbents.

  • Teamwork goes well with bourbon
  • Revisions needed for sign ordinance to function

    When Bardstown businesswoman Rosemary Humkey put a sign for her barbershop on a car in front of her business, heated opinions began to simmer against the city’s sign ordinance.

    Questions were raised about whether car signs were temporary signs or mobile signs, which determines if they require permits and how long they can be displayed.

  • Bardstown At Home deserving of recognition

    Bardstown At Home, a local nonprofit organization that helps seniors stay in their own homes as long as possible, recently received much-deserved recognition from Kentucky Gov. Steve Beshear. The award, presented last Tuesday, recognized the non-profit for its volunteerism and service, along with 14 groups and individuals from across Kentucky who were also honored at the ceremony.

  • New nutrition guidelines a healthy decision for students

    Anyone with children knows it can be difficult to get them to eat their vegetables.

    School districts are now facing that same challenge, as new nutritional standards go into effect this year requiring schools to offer healthier lunches.

    Approved by Congress in 2010, the lunch standards phase in requirements that schools increase offerings of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grains while reducing sodium.

  • State right to fund Farm to Food Bank program

    We all need more fresh fruits and vegetables in our daily diets. But for those who don’t know where their next meal will come from, this is even more a challenge.

    It’s estimated that one out of every six Kentuckians struggles with hunger each day. They eat whatever and whenever they can, and most of the time the cheap, processed food they consume is high in fat, sugar and sodium. Most times they lack consistent access to fresh fruits and vegetables required for an adequate diet necessary for a healthy lifestyle.