• Board would be one more tool

    Mentioning “police” and “Citizens’ Review Board” in the same sentence is a sure fire way to spark controversy, start an argument or abruptly end a conversation.Carefully crafted, however, such a board could go a long way in improving the perceptions of a significant percentage of the population concerning the role of police in their lives.The key is crafting such a board with care so as to provide it with meaningful powers without compromising the rights of a particularly vulnerable group, law enforcement officers.

  • Drama Assoc. to have great season

    The video shown at the Stephen Foster Drama Association lunch Thursday documented a season of success.The 49th year of “Stephen Foster — The Musical” and the many other successful endeavors of the drama association in 2007 were quite a feat. This season — the 50th — will be even more spectacular.With the Stephen Foster show being joined by “Annie” and “The Civil War: A Lincoln Bicentennial Event,” residents of Nelson and surrounding counties will have a variety of shows from which to choose this summer.

  • Downtown events are a good idea

    Unlike many small towns, Bardstown’s downtown area is alive and full of interesting, unique shops that please locals and visitors alike.

    The proof is in a recent Top Five listing with “AAA Car and Travel Magazine” about favorite southern cities. Bardstown shared the spotlight with cities such as Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, La., Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. That’s not bad company.

    In an effort to keep that favorite spot among tourists, the downtown realtors have come

  • Original intent of fund should remain

    The tragic fire that took 10 lives last year affected most everyone in this community.As the news of the fire spread beyond our community, others were also deeply affected. In an effort to ease the financial pain felt by the survivors many throughout the country gave money to the fire victims’ fund. Nearly $142,148.39 was collected. Of that, $82,000 remains.The question then became what to do with the money that remained after medical, funeral and living expenses for the survivors were paid.More than a year later that question has been answered.

  • Area is privileged to have Montessori

    Any time a local business closes, it is a sad day for the community. It’s even worse when that business deals with children and has a proven record of success.The Nazareth Montessori Children’s Center has served Bardstown-area preschoolers for 35 years. Because of declining enrollment — which dropped from 75 in 2001 to 45 this year — the center will likely close after this school year.The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth leadership team is justified in questioning whether the center is still needed.

  • New bottling line is good news

    Whenever a local company invests in itself, the Nelson County economy benefits.Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. put an exclamation on that claim recently when it introduced its new bottling line that will increase its capacity by 1 million cases per year. It marks the third major expansion at Heaven Hill in the past three years.

  • Housing authority deserves award

    The state of low-income housing options in Bardstown can pretty much be divided into “before 1965” and “after 1965.”Before that watershed year, low cost housing consisted basically of trailers or ramshackle living quarters poorly maintained and barely acceptable for human habitation.

  • 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.