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Editorials

  • Bardstown City Schools turn 100

    Much credit is owed to Bardstown’s forefathers, whose vision for a fine community we still enjoy today.

    Now we have a chance to honor one of their greatest contributions.

    Bardstown City Schools is gearing up for its 100th anniversary. The system started in 1908 with the dedication of the Bardstown Graded School. As Superintendent Brent Holsclaw said, it is common for an individual school to turn 100, but there are few entire systems that reach such a milestone.

  • Park loses funds in state budget cuts

    Nobody likes it when the budget ax falls on them, but given the dire revenue picture of Kentucky for the next couple of years, it was no real shock that $1.1 million in funding was pulled for improvements at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre.

    Kentucky, like many other states, is facing a budget austere to the point of pain. Those words belong to new Gov. Steve Beshear, who hasnt seen much of the bright side of the day since taking the reins of governor in December. Ours was just one of many parks improvement projects that was scrapped.

  • Volunteers are a local treasure

    It’s amazing every year that this community can find such deserving individuals to sit in its annual winners circle.

    When winners for the Nelson County Chamber of Commerce’s Man and Woman of the Year were announced, no one batted an eye after Dr. Mark Abramovich and Bonnie Drake stepped up to the podium to accept the honors.

  • Swingers' rights weren't trampled

    The recent decision by Quality Inn management to disallow a “swinger” gathering at its Bardstown location has many wondering if the would-be partiers’ constitutional rights were infringed upon.

    Though heavy pressure was applied from local church and civic leaders to make sure the event didn’t happen, no one’s rights were trampled.

  • Grant makes fire district safer

    Sometimes good things happen in ways we might least suspect.

    The Northeast Nelson Volunteer Fire Department found this out recently when a homeowner’s insurance policy qualified it for a grant that will now pay a portion of a new truck.

  • Hospital's change will strengthen it

    The latest change to the governing structure at Flaget Memorial Hospital is a reflection of the complicated task of delivering quality health-care services in the 21st century.

    Smaller hospitals all over the country have formed alliances, partnerships and associations with larger facilities and each other in an effort to take advantage of combined resources. The tradeoff is a diminishing of local control, but running a hospital these days is a far cry from how things were when the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth first established the Bardstown hospital.

  • Development slump won't be permanent

    After almost two decades of “go-go” growth in the building of single-family houses in Nelson County, we have experienced our second year of declining numbers.

    Perhaps that is why some local developers have been so sensitive about the proposed tightening of regulations governing where and how subdivisions should be built.

  • New central office shows off growth

    As Nelson County Schools central office employees settle into their new office on Wildcat Lane, passersby see evidence of a school system on the move.

    The district had outgrown its former facility on Cardinal Drive, where it had been since 1988. It had such little space that staff often had to use the high school for board meetings. The new office, on Wildcat Lane, has conference rooms and more storage space for technology, files, etc.

    “The district has just grown and grown,” Jan Lantz, superintendent, said. “We just needed more space.”

  • We should follow Dr. King's lead

    In his attempt to improve others’ quality of life, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lost his. Although he died almost 40 years ago, the many ways he benefited American society live on.

    It was fitting that St. Monica Catholic Church was filled Monday with those who wanted to celebrate his life and legacy with scripture, song and instruction.

    The Rev. Bruce Shaw Sr., Pleasant View Baptist Church, Louisville, brought the message and urged the crowd to consciously work to strengthen our country, which starts with strengthening the family.

  • Thanks, and welcome home

    A million prayers and more were answered Monday as the 146 remaining members of Bardstown’s C Battery, 2nd 138th Army National Guard Unit returned home from Iraq — with no fatalities and no serious injuries.