• EDITORIAL: Music is also a Bardstown tourist attraction

    This week kicks off what’s been described as a “living tradition” as hundreds of musicians descend on Bardstown for Kentucky Music Week.

    There will be 50 instructors offering 150 classes on everything from dulcimers, guitar and ukuleles to clogging, stained glass and basketry.

    The five days of festivities begin with a jam session tonight, the first of many.

    Classes this year are at Bardstown City Schools, where as many as 500 participants from 30 states are expected to attend.

  • EDITORIAL: Zarb brothers’ dream lives on in street concert

    Who knew that back in 2003, when two guys from Australia, who had adopted Bardstown as their American home, closed the streets down and hosted a big party right in the heart of downtown that we would still be carrying on the same tradition 15 years later? Most would have said that it just wouldn’t happen, but the tradition lives on today and shows just what the determination of two individuals can achieve.

  • OPINION: Hitching a ride on the Gravy Train to Fat City

    Would you like a ticket to ride on the Gravy Train to Fat City? And you ask, where do I get that ticket? Well, according to an article, dated Sept. 10, 2013, from Forbes contributor Addison Wiggin, that train is the charter school movement.

  • EDITORIAL: Nelson County Public Library has truly become a community hub

    Nelson County Library Director Sharon Shanks says she was quite gratified for the large crowd that turned out earlier this month at the fairgrounds to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the modern library operation in the county.

  • EDITORIAL: Listening sessions offer a chance for real change

    The Nelson County Schools system has recently started a series of “listening sessions” to discuss the issues experienced during the past school year. The main concerns include leadership by the district available to staff at the schools and student discipline.

  • EDITORIAL: Officers face risks that sometimes mean deadly force is needed

    A man lost his life this month when he was shot and killed in Bardstown by police officers during a shootout that came at the end of a high-speed chase that lasted more than two hours.

    Any loss of life in such a situation is a tragedy. The events in the early morning hours of June 5 would have been even more horrendous had one of the officers involved been shot or killed.

  • Editorial: Area teens worthy of applause for volunteerism

    For 15 local teenagers, this summer is filled with making a difference by volunteering at Flaget Memorial Hospital. While some of these teens may be working alongside medical staff to get a taste of their possible career paths, others are merely enjoying helping those in need.

    It’s important for young people to volunteer in some capacity to help develop them into responsible adults.

  • Editorial: Congratulations to local students taking part in GSP

    ​This could very well be the best year ever for schools in Nelson County as 20 local teens will take part in the Kentucky Governor’s Scholar’s Program.

    The Nelson County area has always been blessed with bright, young minds and this year is no exception as local high school seniors will participate in the prestigious program.

  • Editorial: We can each offer teachers community support

    The results of the most recent TELL Survey revealed some things most of us already knew. They revealed a few things we probably didn’t expect, too.

    The survey is an anonymous poll of educators in each of the state’s schools.

    Of 32 teachers at Old Kentucky Home Middle School, 23 responded.

  • Editorial: Concert series is a small-town treasure

    One of the perks of living in the Bardstown area is the free Summer Band Concert Series held Friday nights at Community Park.

    There is something quintessentially small town about enjoying live music on a warm summer night under the stars.

    This is the 15th year for the concert series co-sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club and the Bardstown Parks and Recreation Department. Financial support comes from patrons led by the local Edward Jones offices.