• Hutchenses set a shining example

    Most of us have been guilty at least once of thinking public schools get all the money they need from state and federal government, and that, by paying taxes, we’ve already done our part.

    Sadly, that’s not necessarily true. Although we are fortunate in the United States that most public schools are well equipped, the state of the economy, particularly in Kentucky, paints a dire picture for their near future. Their state funds could be cut by as much as 12 percent, thanks to a budget shortfall that we’ll all feel eventually.

  • Hamilton a good pick for Bethlehem

    Bethlehem High School has faced a great deal of uncertainty in the last four months. The sudden, unsettling absence of former principal Dr. Paul Schum, followed by the announcement that interim principal Chris Walsh would leave at the end of the school year to go to DeSales High School in Louisville, left many at the school longing for calmer days.

    Hopefully, those days have arrived. Thomas Hamilton, an associate superintendent at Bardstown City Schools and a former longtime principal at Bardstown High School, was introduced Wednesday as Bethlehem’s new principal.

  • Help United Way reach its goal

    A boy with no positive male role model. A family left homeless after a tornado. An elderly woman in need of a warm meal. These people and more benefit from money collected and distributed by United Way of Nelson County. The 17 charitable agencies in Nelson County that receive help from United Way collectively asked for $187,550 in 2007. Although the money raised fell $17,550 short of that goal, most of the agencies will receive the amount they requested. To receive funds, each participating agency fills out an application requesting an amount to meet specific needs.

  • It's democracy, not Frankfort Follies

    Some would call it shenanigans. Others would call it more of Frankfort Follies. At least one member called it communist. Instead, it was a simple procedure in democracy.The gaming issue continues to have a heartbeat, thanks to political maneuvering by House Speaker Jody Richards who, on Tuesday, pulled the old switcheroo by removing one member and appointing two others on the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.

  • St. Catharine an area treasure

    St. Catharine College means a lot to Nelson County.

    Having a college so close to our community increases our economic development and way of life for all who call Nelson County home.

    Many students at St. Catharine are from Nelson County, continuing our relationship and solidifying our ties with the ever-growing college.

    Now offering some four-year degrees, the college has more to offer its students than ever before. But to continue its growth patterns, the college needs sustainable funds.

  • School calendars a local decision

    The school calendar has become the latest battleground for opponents of “teachers teaching the test.” State Senator Joey Pendleton of Hopkinsville has introduced a bill that would ban school districts in Kentucky from starting classes until late August.

  • Bulky item pick-up starts Tuesday

    Now that the ice has thawed and, hopefully, won’t soon return, it’s time to get moving and lose some weight — some bulky item weight.

    The first phase of Nelson County’s bulky item pick-up starts Tuesday. It covers the southern part of the county, all roads south of Blue Grass Parkway and west of KY 49, including all roads attached to it, U.S. 31E to the county lines and south through New Hope and Howardstown.

  • Attend meeting to help downtown

    Bardstown’s downtown area draws people from all around our region. Its quaint shops, local-flavor restaurants and laid-back atmosphere offer a pleasant contrast to the hustle and bustle of nearby cities.

    It is something to be proud of, and all Bardstown residents should take part in preserving and improving it.

  • We agree, N.C.H.S. is overcrowded

    About 1,700 students attend Nelson County High School. That’s a lot of teenagers to pack into one facility, and the Nelson County Board of Education knows.

    At its meeting Tuesday, the board approved forming committees to study design, redistricting and proposals for architectural and construction firms for a new high school. The district’s Master Educational Facility Plan, which included the new school, was approved in April 2006.

  • No excuses, just get out and vote

    Young people need to get turned on while the majority of the rest of us could use a good swift kick, if this great experiment known as democracy is to survive apathy.

    Those two items are abundantly clear from the recently released general election data from the State Board of Elections.