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Editorials

  • Editorial: Willett past and future contributing to bourbon legacy

    Not long after the passage of the 21st Amendment repealing Prohibition, the Willett family of Bardstown started the distillery that still bears its name situated on a hill just southeast of town.

  • Editorial: Meal delivery program to expand outreach to area hungry

    We are fortunate in Nelson County to have an active and innovative ministerial association. They were the founders of Bethany Haven, a shelter for women and children, and six months ago decided to tackle the larger homeless problem here with the launch of the Room in the Inn project.

  • Editorial: Learning about SCN can offer inspiration

    Recently, the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth marked National Catholic Sisters Week by offering tours of Nazareth and sharing their stories. Not only did they talk about the origins of the organization, they shared their personal stories, telling of their own accomplishments and events that have shaped their lives.

    While it’s easy to assume they’ve always been women who calmly clip stamps and collect money for those in need, these women have lived full, eventful, action-packed lives. Their stories are fascinating.

  • Editorial: Morale more to blame than pay for police leaving

    We all work for pay, but for many of us, pay isn’t all we work for.

    That’s especially true in certain professions, where stress levels are high and the work is often bleak. There are many people drawn to professions out of a sense of duty or mission. That includes social workers, emergency medical technicians, firefighters, journalists and anyone who works in the nonprofit sector.

    Police also fall into that category, or at least the kind of police that we want patrolling our streets and protecting our community.

  • EDITORIAL: Leadership, action needed in struggle against opioid scourge

    The number of drug overdoses in Nelson County climbed last month to at least 35 confirmed cases, but could potentially be more. And statistics show that one out of every five reported overdoses ends in death. These are the chilling facts that are facing our community as we try to get our heads and hands wrapped around this epidemic that has reached all segments of our community — including teens, housewives, business professionals and the grandmother next door. Do we have a crisis situation in Nelson County? You better believe it.

  • Editorial: Sheene coming to Bardstown contributes to city and U.S. history

    History writes itself one person at a time.

    Recently, Melissa Sheene helped write a piece of Bardstown Fire Department history when she became the first female, full-time firefighter. Several female volunteers have served with the department in its more than 200 years, but Sheene is the first woman to be hired to fill a permanent, full-time position.

  • Editorial: Newcomb’s contributions left a mark on his community

    Nelson County has lost another member of the remarkable, post-World War II generation of bright business people who shaped our current reputation as a mecca for economic advancement.

    John Newcomb, a native of tiny New Hope, died last week just days shy of his 90th birthday.

    After enlisting in the U.S. Navy while a senior at St. Joe Prep and undergoing basic training, Newcomb was being transported overseas to take part in the invasion of Japan when he learned the war in the Pacific was over.

  • EDITORIAL: Regulations on short-term rentals require a delicate balance

    The time has come for us to face the truth: Bardstown is increasingly becoming a tourist city. Bardstown is already one of the top 10 communities in Kentucky for Airbnbs. We’re drawing in outsiders. We wanted to. They keep our economy flourishing. But we can do that while maintaining our charm and without looking “touristy” if we expand things the right way.

    With that growing tourism comes challenges, including how to properly regulate lodging options in the 21st century and the growing trend of short-term rentals.

  • Editorial: Congrats, Cards!

    Nelson County’s drive to the girls’ 5th Region basketball championship interjected some excitement into the sports programs at the high school, giving fans and students of the school something to cheer about like they haven’t had in many years.

  • Editorial: Centennial a great time to get involved

    This year, the Kentucky chapter of the American Red Cross is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

    The nonprofit organization is not part of government, but is chartered by Congress and provides vital services to the country, working in close cooperation with local, state and national government agencies.

    In 1917, when the Kentucky chapter was organized, the number of chapters in the country jumped from just over 100 to several thousand, mostly in response to the United States becoming involved in the first world war.