• EDITORIAL: Spalding offers stability for area dispatching

    The hiring of Milt Spalding as director of the joint city-county Dispatch Center last week was something of a no-brainer.

    Spalding, a Nelson County native, has been a dispatcher, either full or part time, for almost two decades. He was named interim director last August when former director Debbie Carter resigned amid the uncertainty created by Bardstown Mayor John Royalty’s efforts to have city dispatching outsourced to the Kentucky State Police in Elizabethtown.

  • Editorial: We still have work to do

    In the United States of America, most of us like to believe our race relations are good. Many of us like to think that events taking place in the 1960s solved all our issues, and our wrongs have all been righted.

  • Editorial: Bowman’s skills, service will be missed

    The agricultural scene in Nelson County has changed profoundly in the past three decades, and retired County Extension Agent Ron Bowman has been an engaged witness to it all. 

    There are now far fewer family farms compared to the number in 1985, when Bowman started here after working seven years as a high school vocational agriculture teacher in the public school system. Not only has the number of farms decreased sharply, the kind of products produced on those farms has shifted dramatically.

  • Editorial: Imagination Library allows each of us to give back to area kids

    Losing a loved one is devastating and that certainly was the case for Melanie Carter and family when her daughter, Reagan, died in 2014. The tragic death of a young girl, who was only 12 years old at the time, sent shock waves through the entire community. While the pain of losing Reagan will always endure, Melanie Carter has taken her pain and channeled it into a worthwhile tribute to her daughter.

  • EDITORIAL: Closure seems poorly timed, but hopefully the transition is smooth

    The state Office of Employment and Training in the Education and Workforce Cabinet recently announced it will be reorganizing effective Feb. 16. Currently, there are 51 Kentucky Career Centers in Kentucky, and those will be reduced down to 12 hubs and eight existing satellite offices. The Bardstown office is one of the 31 offices that are affected with the change.

  • EDITORIAL: Expanded investigation should soon bring clarity

    The Bardstown City Council’s investigation into possible malfeasance by the administration of Mayor John Royalty took a turn recently when its members approved expanding the probe.

    The inquiry has moved beyond the issue of whether records leaked to the media were intended to illegally influence the outcome of the Nov. 8 election. On Jan. 24, following an hour-long closed session where the mayor was forced to leave the room, Councilman John Kelley, a former county attorney, announced the search by a private investigator, lawyer Scott Crosbie, had led down other paths.

  • Editorial: Hall’s departure calls attention to urgent need for firefighters

    The stepping down of Frank Hall as chief of the Rolling Fork Fire Department is calling attention to a growing problem for all volunteer fire departments: aging members.

    There is an urgent need for an infusion of younger members to get involved in helping to protect their communities.

  • Editorial: County was blessed to know Jerry Nevitt

    Jerry Nevitt is being remembered by friends, family and colleagues as a fire responder who, in the words of a niece, “had a passion for public service.”

    Nevitt, a resident and native of New Haven, passed away at his home last month after a battle with cancer. He was 63 and had found many paths of service, starting as a volunteer fireman in his hometown. Later, he became an EMT in New Haven and then a deputy sheriff under Jimmy Riley. He also served as a dispatcher and Bardstown police officer.

  • EDITORIAL: Award winners worthy of honor; opportunities to volunteer are plenty

    Thursday evening, some of the brightest shining faces in our county came together. Among them were individuals whose impacts on life in Nelson County have been monumental.

  • EDITORIAL: NelCASA is vital, volunteers needed to keep doing hard work

    Children are some of the most vulnerable people we have in our community, and too many live in heartbreaking, horrifying conditions.

    Whether it is overt physical abuse or neglect, too many of our youngest citizens are dealing with issues that will impact them their whole lives.

    Many of them wind up in our overworked court system. For an adult, the legal system can be daunting. For a child, it is even harder to comprehend this system that is making decisions about their lives.