• Let's fix the illegal immigrant problem

    It’s not often that businesses in Bardstown get flagged for employing undocumented workers, but it does happen. We’re apt to see more of it until this nation comes up with a comprehensive, permanent solution to the illegal alien epidemic that now affects every state in the Union.

    Duh, is there a war against terrorism going on throughout the world? And, yet, our borders are like flood-gates, with thousands of persons from virtually every country in the world entering the U.S. every month. How can this be?

  • Thanksgiving meal needs your help

    For 25 years the Bardstown-Nelson County Ministerial Association has gathered the resources needed to present a free Thanksgiving meal at St. Joseph School cafeteria.

    This year is no exception but the resources are thinner this year even though the gravy will be just as thick as ever. In short the association needs your financial support.

  • Scouts head out in search of food

    Many people were met at their front doors the past weekend by members of local Boy Scout or Cub Scout groups.

    Scouts were out in numbers scouring local neighborhoods for canned good items.

    Pulling wagons and proudly wearing their uniforms, the Scouts were collecting those items for local food shelters that provide food for those in our community who are less fortunate. This annual Scouting for Food program allows these shelters to stock up on their supply right before the Thanksgiving holiday and before the harsh winter weather sets in.

  • Grant could prove to be catalyst

    The awarding of a state grant of $145,000 to Bardstown’s Main Street Program is welcome news and should provide the impetus to getting a much discussed streetscape project rolling. In turn, it could also serve as a launch of further improvement to our Historic Downtown area, as envisioned in discussions and planning that were part of the Rick Hill mini-study.

  • New industry is welcomed addition

    For decades Nelson County has been well known for the production of products involving yeast and grain.

    Flowers Foods, the Georgia-based baking giant, should feel right at home. Friday morning the company officially announced it will build a 200,000-square-foot facility in the new Nelson County Industrial Park.

    By this time next year loaves of Sunshine and Bunny bread will come off the production line providing jobs for some 145 workers. These will be jobs paying above average wages.

  • Volunteering is best kind of service

    Wanted: a few good men or women to answer the call of service in our community.

    Since Ben Franklin founded the first community volunteer fire department back in 1736 (the Union Fire Company, with 30 volunteers) the need for a continuous stream of recruits has been real in cities and towns throughout the country. The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department’s perennial recruitment drive is now underway. The need is great, of course, as fire protection is literally a 24-7 operation and volunteers, augmenting the efforts of 10 paid firefighters.

  • With sampling, enforcement is key

    Free samples at a liquor store? Kentucky has come a long way from the days when any bill that mentioned alcohol in any context would be a new way to tax or otherwise regulate the sale or consumption of spirits.

    Now, for better or worse, restaurants in otherwise dry counties can obtain a liquor license, “convention” related business places can sell on Sunday, and now liquor stores, with a proper permit can pass out free samples.

  • Event was a time for all to celebrate

    Nelson County’s fifth annual Interfaith Celebration was Sunday at Nazareth’s campus.

    Along with the Interfaith Paths to Peace in Louisville, this year’s celebration was sponsored by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. The concept of the ceremony is to bring together representatives of the world’s religions in an effort to understand and celebrate the differences among the religions.

    For some, it may have represented the only time they would hear from someone from the Hindu religion or listened to a Tibetan monk.

  • Elected officials should be heard

    Nelson Fiscal Court recently turned another page in its efforts to enhance its smoking ban.

    Some years ago, the Court banned smoking in all government offices. Now, the Court has extended that ban to include smoking inside county-owned vehicles.

    The Court was split among its members with two magistrates voting for the ban and two voting against it. County Judge Executive Dean Watts cast the final vote enacting the smoking ban for county vehicles.

  • Honor Veterans on this day

    Today is Veterans Day and while some ceremonies have already been held and others will occur today and Monday, the resounding purpose is to honor our veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of the United States of America.

    When we honor our men in women in the armed services throughout the world and those who have served their country we are showing our patriotism, love of country and respect for those who protect and defend our freedoms.