• Good news for Heaven Hill

    Normally the announcement of a multi-million dollar industrial investment in Louisville would be of only passing interest in Nelson County.

    Not so the investment Heaven Hill has made in expanding the Bernheim Distillery. The capacity of the distillery has a direct impact on the jobs here that are tied to the barreling, aging and bottling of Nelson County’s most famous produce. Following the disastrous November 1996 fire at Heaven Hill there were fears the distillery operation would not be built back here.

  • St. Joseph School begins new initiative

    Since its beginning, St. Joseph Parish School has never undergone a building renovation such as the one it is just beginning.

    In a ceremonious turning of the dirt this week, the school and parish signified the start of its $3.3 million expansion and renovation project.

  • WineFest is an event to attend

    It’s the happening.

    What better way to end the month than with a bit of wine, in the accompaniment of friends, all the while nestled in classic Bardstown?

    For each of the past 32 years, the Rotary Club has had the tasting fest, one of the club’s top fund-raising events. In turn, the proceeds are used to fund the various good works of Bardstown Rotary. This year’s fete, the 33rd annual will be Saturday night on the lawn of Spalding Hall.

  • Sewer video brings problem to light

    The private citizen who made video recordings of sewage gushing out of two man holes and into Town Creek next to the Bardstown Community Park walking trails and then posting them on a video-sharing Web site certainly drew the city’s attention to the problem and in a very public way.

  • Summer concert series is back

    Looking for some free entertainment? Yes, while the words free and entertainment might seem an oxymoron in most locales, here in Bardstown the term is alive and well this summer. Look no further than the Summer Band Concert Series, to be staged by the Stephen Foster Music Club.

  • Remember the fallen this weekend

    We want to take a moment to remember.

    As we celebrate Memorial Day this year we want to remember those who have served our country and paid the ultimate sacrifice.

    That is, incidentally, the true meaning of Memorial Day.

    Through the years many people have forgotten the reason Memorial Day was established — as a day to remember military men and women who have died in service to our country. Some believe it is a day to honor anyone who has died. That’s not a bad thought but it was not the intent of Memorial Day when it was established.

  • Lions Club finds new start in area

    Bardstown already has three active service clubs, Rotary, Optimist and Kiwanis, do we need a fourth?

    Lions International is in the process of trying to renew interest in starting a Lions Club here. There have been a couple of false starts and for a time about a decade ago we did have a functioning Lions Club but it faltered and dissolved.

  • We need to do better at the polls

    We can and must do better in November.

    Given the virtual non-existing contests in the Republican primary, the overall turnout in Tuesday’s primaries in Nelson County and Kentucky was respectable. With the winner-take-all stakes in November for President, U.S. Senate, and 2nd Congressional U.S. House seats, the time is now to begin critical analysis of the candidates and the issues, as to position oneself front and center in line on Nov. 4 as a willing and educated voter.

  • Fire could not destroy church

    The Bardstown United Methodist Church fire, though certainly not expected or welcome, had many positive outcomes.

    Few would have thought that possible in the first days after the fire, which was May 24, 1998, after lightning struck the steeple and bell tower. The blaze caused about $1 million in damage, and the water used to extinguish the fire damaged the sanctuary, pews, piano and organ. Parts of the ceiling in the Family Life Center, which was completed shortly before the fire, was damaged from firefighters having to cut through the ceiling to control the flames.

  • Downtown concept is taking shape

    Joe and Jenny Buckman are the poster children for the concept Rick Hill was preaching two years ago when he released his report on how the downtown and near downtown areas of Bardstown could be transformed through innovative development of living space.

    The condominium project on North Fourth Street is the perfect example of blending a new building with historic surroundings. Even more innovative are plans on which the Buckmans are working for six so-called “row houses” on East Broadway, just east of the Opera House property.