• Records don't tell the whole story

    With Bardstown’s 28-20 loss Friday at Fort Campbell, the football season for all our local schools drew to a close.

    All three teams finished the season with a losing record, but some context to the just-completed year is necessary.

    Bardstown was ranked all season in every statewide Class 2A poll, despite finishing with a 6-7 record. In some cases, statewide observers chalk that up as having less to do with how good the team is and more owing to respect for the program’s history.

  • Boston up for revival of sorts

    A group in the Boston community has started a drive to keep the once thriving little city from becoming simply a wide spot in the road at the intersection of U.S. 62 and KY 61.

    Through the years the business base of Boston has shrunk to the point where the very identity of the town is threatened. A grass-roots group, VOB (Voices of Boston), is trying to turn things around.

  • Celebrate Native American history

    As we are about to turn the calendar page to the 12th and final month of the year, it is appropriate to pause and reflect on November and its designation as Native American Heritage Month. The special designation was “brought to life” here in Bardstown at the “Harvest Celebration,” honoring Native American and Early American cultures, recently at Old Bardstown Village.

    It was a weekend for food and fellowship, story-telling, music and crafts in which the festival gained insight to the Indian culture of a nearly forgotten time and place.

  • Rat control is a plus for county

    For several years the county has provided residents with free rat bait.

    The plan is simple. If the county provides free rat bait to its residents, those resident are more likely to use the bait that kills the unwanted rodents. While rats will likely never be eliminated from the county, the rat bait program can suppress them into a more manageable number. Rats are a problem for many, particularly considering we are an agricultural community. But with the free program, the problem can be managed thus keeping the rats from reaching epidemic numbers.

  • Let's fix the illegal immigrant problem

    It’s not often that businesses in Bardstown get flagged for employing undocumented workers, but it does happen. We’re apt to see more of it until this nation comes up with a comprehensive, permanent solution to the illegal alien epidemic that now affects every state in the Union.

    Duh, is there a war against terrorism going on throughout the world? And, yet, our borders are like flood-gates, with thousands of persons from virtually every country in the world entering the U.S. every month. How can this be?

  • Thanksgiving meal needs your help

    For 25 years the Bardstown-Nelson County Ministerial Association has gathered the resources needed to present a free Thanksgiving meal at St. Joseph School cafeteria.

    This year is no exception but the resources are thinner this year even though the gravy will be just as thick as ever. In short the association needs your financial support.

  • Scouts head out in search of food

    Many people were met at their front doors the past weekend by members of local Boy Scout or Cub Scout groups.

    Scouts were out in numbers scouring local neighborhoods for canned good items.

    Pulling wagons and proudly wearing their uniforms, the Scouts were collecting those items for local food shelters that provide food for those in our community who are less fortunate. This annual Scouting for Food program allows these shelters to stock up on their supply right before the Thanksgiving holiday and before the harsh winter weather sets in.

  • Grant could prove to be catalyst

    The awarding of a state grant of $145,000 to Bardstown’s Main Street Program is welcome news and should provide the impetus to getting a much discussed streetscape project rolling. In turn, it could also serve as a launch of further improvement to our Historic Downtown area, as envisioned in discussions and planning that were part of the Rick Hill mini-study.

  • New industry is welcomed addition

    For decades Nelson County has been well known for the production of products involving yeast and grain.

    Flowers Foods, the Georgia-based baking giant, should feel right at home. Friday morning the company officially announced it will build a 200,000-square-foot facility in the new Nelson County Industrial Park.

    By this time next year loaves of Sunshine and Bunny bread will come off the production line providing jobs for some 145 workers. These will be jobs paying above average wages.

  • Volunteering is best kind of service

    Wanted: a few good men or women to answer the call of service in our community.

    Since Ben Franklin founded the first community volunteer fire department back in 1736 (the Union Fire Company, with 30 volunteers) the need for a continuous stream of recruits has been real in cities and towns throughout the country. The Bardstown-Nelson County Fire Department’s perennial recruitment drive is now underway. The need is great, of course, as fire protection is literally a 24-7 operation and volunteers, augmenting the efforts of 10 paid firefighters.