• It's time to enact a smoking ban

    From Ashland to Paducah and from Northern Kentucky to Paintsville, smoking bans of one type or another are in place in cities and counties throughout the commonwealth. That begs the question: When are our progressive city and county governments going to show the courage in enacting more enlightened anti-smoking provisions here in Bardstown and Nelson County?

  • Needed: deserving volunteers in area

    It takes a special type of person to give of themselves freely. It takes someone caring to donate time and resources to a project or event without the thought of how it will benefit him or her.

    Not everyone possesses the traits necessary to volunteer for a particular project or group and not ask for anything in return. But luckily we have several people in our community who do.

    It’s those who are always willing to give an extra hand to help a cause or help a friend in need. And it is those to whom we look when we think of the definition of a volunteer.

  • Another link to past slips away

    The passing of Bardstown native Colonel Bill Talbott represents another slip in our link to a past that is fading rapidly.

  • Leadership group set for 20th year

    Are leaders born or are they made?

    You could make a case for either scenario suggesting that some things can’t be taught while other signs of a true leader are only learned through experience.

    Whatever the case may be, Leadership Nelson County has provided a learning atmosphere for current and potential leaders in the area for two decades.

    The 20th class of Leadership Nelson County will soon begin its 10-month learning adventure to discover the ins and outs of the county and produce future leaders for our continued economic growth.

  • Mid-Winter Feaste kicks off 2008

    After the stress of Christmas and over-indulgence of New Year’s is over, we often want to seclude ourselves in our homes for some much-needed rest and relaxation.

    Although we could all use some of that, there’s an event happening in Bardstown later this month that is worth getting up off the recliner.

  • Make a resolution to buckle up

    This is the time some of us look at the world as a clean slate. You can right your wrong and correct your misgivings as a New Year dawns.

    While already two days into the new year, there is no need to throw up out hands in frustration if a New Year’s resolution has not been made. There is a simple one all of us can still take part in and it might just save our live. You can’t ask for something better than that — simple and lifesaving.

  • Dispatch Center is now a reality

    After months of planning, discussions, ideas and hopes, the centralized Nelson County Dispatch Center is up and running.

    With the first call being dispatched around 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, the center is guaranteed to stay busy. It will provide calls for the Bardstown City Police, Nelson County Sheriff’s Department, Nelson County EMS, all fire departments in the county, the Emergency Management Agency and for after-hours situations for the Bardstown utilities.

  • Enjoy the holidays responsibly

    All too often, we see the results of someone’s poor judgment.

    When that poor judgment involves choosing to drink and then get behind the wheel of an automobile, those results can be deadly. At times those who are paying for the deadly results are those who had no option in the choosing, they are innocent people on the roads when a drunk driver is behind the wheel.

  • Shelter will provide needed haven

    The new 2,000-square-foot Nelson County Animal Control Shelter is a blessing to the area’s stray animals. It is cleaner, more humane and altogether more comfortable for the animals and animal control workers.

    However, the simple fact that a new facility was needed shows the message to spay or neuter pets is still going largely unheeded.

    “Euthanization day is the hardest part of the job,” said Larry Wimsett, chief animal control officer.

  • New facility is worth the cost

    We have come a long way in how we treat the developmentally disabled. Still, they are often put into a corner before they are given a chance to learn and grow. Many believe they are incapable of becoming functional members of society.

    Supporters of Nelson County Industries know that is nonsense. The program, operated by Communicare, provides work for the developmentally disabled. NCI bids on jobs with local industries and pays its clients to do them. It employs 95 people and supports 43 others who work in the community.