• Pet owners need to be responsible

    If there was any doubt about the need for responsible pet owners to spay and neuter their dogs and cats a loud and clear answer was provided last week by the discovery of more than 70 dogs and nearly a dozen cats living in squaller at a home on KY 1066.

    What may have started out as a well meaning desire to provide shelter to stray or homeless dogs had spiraled out of control and the result was disease ridden animals in an environment that almost defied description.

  • Will schools cut budgets more?

    School districts here at home and across the state are doing a delicate balancing act in setting the stage for the 2008-2009 school year — who or what to leave in and who or what to leave out. Proactive planning makes sense; the coming weeks will provide a clearer picture of the exact funding situation in which schools find themselves, realizing full well these are lean times for our commonwealth (and for most states in the Union).

  • Chaplin grad perfect honoree

    The naming of Chaplin High School graduate Thomas Marshall Williams as the Gerald Florence outstanding alumni for the Nelson County School System for 2008 a week ago Saturday marks the second year that a Chaplin graduate has been so honored.

  • Local American Red Cross honored

    The American Red Cross is often thought of only in terms of blood donations. Though that is a big part of what they do, they also play many other important roles in society.

    The Nelson County chapter was recently recognized for playing those roles well. In fact, it was the only chapter in the state this year to earn such a high level of recognition.

    At the national convention earlier this month, the Nelson County Chapter of the American Red Cross was recognized for being a Highly Functioning Chapter.

  • Decade of progress for county site

    Ten years ago today Nelson Fiscal Court officially purchased the Bardstown Plaza Shopping Center. Detractors called it “Dean’s Folly” and worse but in retrospect the investment ranks right alongside the Spencer Mattingly Road park grounds purchase in foresight.

    It has taken a full decade to see the East Stephen Foster acreage blossom into a landscape that pleases the eye and complements the nearby My Old Kentucky Home State Park grounds.

  • Grants for tourism help our economy

    Grants recently awarded by the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission show a dedication to a wide range of tourism opportunities in Nelson County.

    Eleven organizations received money for projects ranging from Web site development to an outdoor electrical supply. Sports groups, museums and musicals are among the lucky recipients. We are fortunate to have such a wide range of entertainment options in our county, where a short drive can take us to top-notch cultural, historical and community-oriented venues.

  • New Bloomfield Center is good

    Although it may be a few years down the road before Bloomfield’s Civic and Senior Citizen Center is a reality, our hats are off to city leaders for their forward thinking.

    This is a facility the city of Bloomfield needs and something of which the whole community can be proud.

  • Area showcased in Pegasus Parade

    How appropriate it is that “Stephen Foster — The Musical” will be the opening act of this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade. That’s super news for the musical and great news for the entire Bardstown community.

    Upwards to a quarter million persons are expected to take in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade live and that many or more will catch it on Wave 3, either live or on a replay Derby Day.

  • Kiwanis auction is a win for all

    The 48th annual Kiwanis Radio Auction will be a week from Sunday on WBRT, 1320 AM and once again participants will have a chance to buy donated items at “an auction price” and help the many good causes supported by Bardstown’s oldest civic club.

    The auction will be 1-6 p.m. and will again originate from the Conway-Heaton showroom. This is the club’s major fundraiser of the year and has been since it started in the early 1960s, replacing a variety show.

  • Tasers would be good police tools

    Tasers for the Bardstown Police Department are a good idea and we encourage the City Council to give Chief Charles Marksbury the green light to purchase them.

    One hears pros and cons on the use of tasers, but the facts are they are in widespread use throughout the country and it is high time Bardstown police have use of this technology. The chief sensibly is requesting three such tasers, one for each shift. We should think that if they prove effective, eventually it would not be out of the ordinary for each and every patrol officer to have one.