• Available vaccines offer more than an ounce of prevention

    A little shot can’t hurt you, but it can prevent what could potentially kill you.

    It’s flu season in Kentucky, with cases already confirmed. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lists Kentucky, along with six other states, as having already experienced regional outbreaks.

  • Editorial: Publishing public record adds another level of accountability

    Toward the end of August, both the Nelson County and Bardstown school districts published their complete annual financial statements in The Kentucky Standard. For many readers, this was the first time they had seen the public school districts’ financial statements and others recalled years ago reading the public school districts’ financial statements in the newspaper.

  • Editorial: Uncompromising, angry ways best left to politicians on larger levels

    It used to be that the ugly machinations of state and national politics were just that — something that went on at those levels.

    Local level politics were always different, especially in small towns. While individual agendas may be different from person to person, the overall goal was always the same: Do right by your neighbor and do what you can to make your community better. That should always be the motivation for people seeking office at the local level.

  • Editorial: New Haven efforts paying off

    aven to improve life for the city’s residents. That work and effort have not gone unnoticed. As hundreds of visitors flocked to the city this past weekend for the 2016 Rolling Fork Iron Horse Festival, the streets were clean, the business fronts were neat, the booths were splendid, and the parade was fun.

    The festival isn’t the only great thing the city has had going on recently though. Before this weekend, many other things have happened to contribute to the city’s appeal.

  • Editorial: Talk to your kids about sex and social media

    Technology has had a massive impact on our children. Smartphones and social media have changed everything about being a teenager. Instead of passing notes, phone calls and study dates, texting, Instagram and Snapchat — and a seemingly endless list of other outlets — have taken over. What used to require a thoroughly strategized plan for sneaking out of the house is literally as easy as pushing a button. And as parents, there are things some of us should be doing to educate our children on the consequences of these things.

  • Editorial: Boards to be applauded for not taking max tax rate

    In this country, everyone has a right to a free public education, from K-12.

    An educated society is a more productive society, helping young people prepare for the myriad of challenges individuals will face throughout the course of their lives. Education leads to opportunity, if used properly, providing kids with a basic set of tools and a foundation that they can build upon as they grow into adulthood, and become proud, productive, intelligent and reasoned citizens.

  • Editorial: Welcome to the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’

    Welcome to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival. One of Kentucky’s premier festivals and Bardstown’s signature event dedicated to celebrating all things bourbon. 

    This is the silver anniversary of what started as one black-tie event held at My Old Kentucky Home State Park in 1992 that has now grown to a seven-day, jam-packed celebration of “America’s Official Native Spirit” — bourbon. 

  • Editorial: Thank you is not enough to honor first responders

     On Aug. 28, current and past members of Nelson County Fire and Rescue met to reminisce on decades of service as the agency celebrated its 50th anniversary. 

  • Editorial: Same plot but different ending as council turns page on mayor

    Is this the end?

    Or is it just the closing of one sad chapter and the beginning of a new one with a surprise twist waiting?

    These are the questions on many minds as the city of Bardstown and Nelson County government reach an agreement on a new interlocal agreement for funding the joint dispatching service.

  • Editorial: Buttermilk Days makes major community contributions

    Most of us know that the Buttermilk Days Festival was given the name because it is held each year on South Third Street across from St. Monica Church on lots known as Buttermilk. But where did that name originate?

    One story says a paranoid dairy farmer had the habit of galloping his herd from pasture to pasture, moving them so fast across the lane that the cows would only be able to give buttermilk.