• 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.

  • 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.