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Editorials

  • Boston company deserves award

    County School Superintendent Dr. Jan Lantz said when she nominated Promotional Wood Products of Boston for the Kentucky School Board Association “Friends of Education Award” she feared the small firm might be overshadowed by the LG&Es and Ford Motor Companies of Kentucky.

  • Downtown area in need of a facelift

    Many of us tend to think of Bardstown as a quintessential, historic Kentucky community, with a quaintness and charm that resonates from our historic downtown through Museum Row, Bardstown Village, and on to the My Old Kentucky Home, the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, and all around.

    That’s why it is so very important to preserve and enhance our past for today and tomorrow’s generations — part of what the Bardstown streetscape project and downtown renewal visions are all about.

  • 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.