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Editorials

  • EDITORIAL: Getz Museum work will enhance local visitor experience

    When the Barton Distillery changed hands in the mid-1980s, Bardstown came close to losing a 50-year collection of bourbon memorabilia now housed at Spalding Hall and known as the Getz Museum of Whiskey History.

  • EDITORIAL: Souper Bowl shows community’s compassion

    The Souper Bowl of Caring had humble beginnings, much like its big-game namesake on the football field, starting out as a small event but eventually growing over time into a grand occasion.

  • EDITORIAL: Communicating, not arming teachers, could offer prevention

    Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not the answer to enhancing school safety.

    The idea routinely pops up on social media comments following a mass shooting at a school such as what happened in Marshall County High School last month or Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.

    People voicing their opinions on social media is one thing, though. It is a completely different issue for lawmakers to seriously consider allowing teachers to go armed.

  • Editorial: Comer’s legacy will live on in many ways

    Don Comer did not invent the antique show, but what he and his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann, did in 1967 was to combine their love of antiques with a solid business plan that resulted in the Historic Bardstown Antiques Show. Don was a Marion County native who grew up mostly in LaRue County, but certainly left his mark on Nelson County.

    He died earlier this month at his South Third Street home. He was 86.

  • Editorial: New director hire a big score for Tourist Commission

    Bardstown is at its best when it thinks big.

    And the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission scored a big win this month in hiring its new executive director.

    The commission hired Mike Mangeot Feb. 6 to guide this area’s efforts on bringing in more people to experience what is probably some of the best small-town Kentucky has to offer. He starts on the 19th.

  • The issue: Merging Kentucky counties

    Keep government close to the voters

    A bill in Frankfort would affect most Kentucky counties by merging them with their neighbors and bringing the number from 120 to 55. The reasoning of the bill’s sponsor is that it would save money by eliminating the salaries for elected officials in the deleted counties and realize savings by increased efficiency.

  • Editorial: Jail issues are bigger than a hole in the wall

    The Nelson County Jail has been in the spotlight lately and, unfortunately, it’s not for being innovative or a step above the rest.

    At the end of January, a hole was fixed on the outside of the jail that had been used by inmates to smuggle contraband in to the facility from outside. Yes, that really happened — not once, but at least six times. (That’s how many times the hole about the size of a golf ball has been repaired.)

  • Editorial: Honorees all work to make our community a better place

    Last Thursday was a big night in our community as four individuals were honored at the annual dinner of the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce. There was plenty of praise to share as presenters read aloud the accomplishments of those recognized.

  • Editorial: Be patient during bridge work

    It is going to be a sometimes frustrating spring and summer for motorists who regularly use the U.S. 150 bridge over the Bluegrass Parkway. Officials are urging patience while the bridge is being widened and two additional lanes constructed between the bridge and the Ky. 245 intersection.

  • Editorial: Event is a night of elegance and an opportunity to help rebuild

    Every year, the Stephen Foster Drama Association kicks off its season by hosting its annual fundraiser, the Beautiful Dreamer Ball. This year, those funds and that support are needed more than ever before.

    This year, as performers, organizers and guests come together to celebrate 60 years of a local tradition and national treasure, they’re also rallying to support the drama’s home.