• EDITORIAL: Coffee with Chad is good tradition carried on

    If Kentucky government was a true democracy, there would be no reason to elect state representatives or state senators. Any time a new bill or law would be introduced, we would simply drive over to Frankfort and cast our vote. As a practical matter, that would be impossible. This is why we have a republic and elect people to go to the state capital to represent us in the house and senate. We expect them to use good judgment in voting for or against a given bill, but we also expect them to stay in close touch with the folks back home.

  • Editorial: Parenting skills vital to lessening incarceration’s impact on kids

    The New Life Center, a local organization that focuses on healthy families, recently held its first parenting class for male inmates at the request of District Judge John Kelley. For all intents and purposes, the first class was successful with three inmates participating with two male mentors. The new parenting classes are focused on teaching REAL (relevant, expectant, attentive and loving) quality time with their children. After three weekly classes, the participation level has increased to four inmates, according to New Life Center director Marcella Crenshaw.

  • Editorial: Guns in schools likely to hinder, not help, safety

    Donald Trump plans to eliminate gun-free zones in our nation’s schools. U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos thinks schools need guns to protect students from bears. Eight states now have provisions that allow the carrying of concealed weapons on public college and university campuses.

    Legislation filed by state Rep. Tim Moore, R-Elizabethtown, would add Kentucky to that list. It would also add public elementary, middle and high schools to the list of buildings where concealed carrying would be allowed.

  • Editorial: HMH expansion offers a dose of healthy competition

    Hardin Memorial Health recently announced that it will be expanding its footprint into Nelson County by building a 35,000-square-foot outpatient center off Ky. 245 to eliminate the overcrowding of their current facility in Bardstown.

    HMH Family Medical Center, located on South Fifth Street, has 13 medical providers, as well as diagnostic and radiology labs, and has simply run out of space.

  • Editorial: BBC growth, early success great for area economy

    The booming bourbon industry just keeps on keeping on, and this is a great thing for the Commonwealth of Kentucky and Nelson County specifically.

    The latest good news is that interest in the Bardstown Bourbon Company’s collaborative distilling program has been so strong that the new startup on Parkway Drive has already signed enough partnerships with distilleries looking to BBC to help them make their whiskey that the company is already booked solid for the next year.

  • Moore: A true American hero

    Sunday, July 31, 1966, was observed as Vietnam Day in Bardstown and 400 people gathered at Bardstown High School to honor 37 Nelson County families whose lives were being impacted by the Southeast Asia conflict. City government and the Chamber of Commerce were the event organizers. With the call-up of the local National Guard still over a year and a half in the future, Vietnam Day was a foreshadowing of an even larger role for our community in the Vietnam War.

  • Editorial: A Royal mess

    Even to the casual observer, it is becoming clear that Bardstown Mayor John Royalty is doing everything in his power to stymie efforts to uncover potential inappropriate behavior at city hall.

    His latest move was to accuse the City Council last week of violating the state’s open meetings law when members convened in closed session to discuss potential action that could result in the removal or discipline of an employee.

  • Editorial: NAACP needs support of all of us to revive local chapter

    An effort is underway to revive a local presence of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Bardstown, and it needs the community to buy in.

    The local chapter was dissolved in 2005, but its charter can be reactivated by the national organization if 50 members join.

    That is a high hurdle for a community the size of Nelson County. But that is the national policy, according to the state conference president, Raoul Cunningham.

  • EDITORIAL: Record visitors earn a salute to the local bourbon industry

    Another year, another milestone.

    The bourbon industry is reaching lots of milestones lately, and at increasing speed. The explosive popularity of Kentucky’s native spirit has everything to do with that, and there are few signs of that trend slowing any time soon.

  • EDITORIAL: Veterans’ stories too important to our history to go untold

    Bardstown and the American people are saddened by the loss of local hero Gen. Hal Moore, whose acts of valor in service of our country are well documented in print and film.

    However, not every soldier, sailor, airman or Marine has received such extensive coverage of their lives and stories as Moore. This editorial board mourns his passing and will discuss his legendary achievements in this space in an upcoming issue.