• Tuesday was hard.

    Election days always are, but this year there seemed to be a bit of electricity in the air. No matter who won the election, the country would have a new leader. And after 20 months or more of campaigning, it seemed as if the entire country was ready for it to be over. But they were ready in an excited way, not apathetic as has been past sentiment during presidential elections.

  • To the editor:

    I want to bring to your attention my recent encounter with the Nelson County Road Department. After days of rigorous efforts on my part to unclog the culvert at the end of my old driveway, I was still mostly unsuccessful. Our road department coincidently came down to the end of Robert Taylor Lane with a Grade-All, a dump truck with a brand new culvert and a load of rock. I quickly found out that they were not there to rescue me. They were looking for yet another clogged culvert that was diverting rainwater out onto the roadway.

  • To the editor:

    November is national Adoption Awareness Month. I would like to share some facts and information about adoption in Kentucky and let everyone know about support that Kentucky offers for anyone touched by adoption.

  • In a number of celebrations Tuesday, this community will come together to honor its military veterans — those that are still with us and those that have died.

    Through their sacrifices and the sacrifices of their families, we are still able to live in a free country. We shouldn’t take what they do for granted. It takes a special personal and personality to serve in our military, especially during war times. And we should salute them for putting their lives in danger for the benefit of the country.

  • Delsie Williams said once she realized how many animals are euthanized at animal shelters, she decided to do something to help. So she, her husband, Don Williams, and their daughters, Danielle and Claudia Tyler, began Hilltop Haven Animal Rescue in March.

    Hilltop Haven is a “halfway house” for dogs waiting to be transported to a rescue home for adoption. The Williams family saves the dogs from shelters and keeps them on their 17-acre farm in the Cox’s Creek area until a rescue home becomes available.

  • Tuesday is a day I will tell my children about, if I ever have any. If I don’t, I’ll tell other people’s children.

    Never in my lifetime — and granted I’ve been around only 33 years — has Election Day been so exciting. There was almost a carnival-like atmosphere at the polling stations I visited. Voters had smiles on their faces, an uncommon characteristic of people waiting in line for any reason.

  • To the editor:

  • To the Editor:

    Even with the attempt made my Dean Watts to divert attention away from himself, there are issues of Nelson County code of ethics violations, lack of information provided to the Magistrates, and possible improper activities by Mr. Watts in his tenure as Nelson County Judge Executive.

  • “Historic” is a word that has been used so often and in so many ways that it has almost become a cliche, but in attempting to describe Tuesday’s election, no other word quite expresses it as accurately.

  • “Historic” is a word that has been used so often and in so many ways that it has almost become a cliche, but in attempting to describe Tuesday’s election, no other word quite expresses it as accurately.

  • Recently, I wrote a story for the newspaper about a young couple from France who flew from Paris to Miami and then set out to walk to Argentina.

    They came through my community on their way north to the Florida panhandle, then west to Texas and down to Mexico, Central America and South America. They estimate they’ll get to the tip of Argentina in about two years.

  • Oh to be Americans once again — not enemies — neighbor against neighbor engaged in at times brutal war-like election politics. It is a relief the race is finally over, though likely sadness remains for some in the shadow of their compatriot’s elation.

    I was expecting news of the final verdict to come after a long and drawn-out ordeal, but was surprised when it seemed like all at once it was announced that Barack Obama would be the next president of the United States of America.

  • To the editor:

  • To the editor:

  • Those of us who live in or near Bardstown are prone to not noticing the charm of this place we call home. It’s a risk of human nature. When you see something every day, it seems less unique and can lose its luster.

  • In so many ways the United States is a wonderful country.   Our professed values are stellar.

    This is not to say though that we are perfect or sinless. Any unacknowledged and unrepented sins have a way of causing trouble for us sinners, too, as well as others harmed.

    I have long believed that one of our national sins is the way settlers from other countries and parts of this one individually and/or collectively forced the original inhabitants off their land. As I watch national legislation to this day, this mischief continues.

  • We would like to express our gratitude to all who participated in the Oct. 11 poker run benefiting the Nelson County Relay for Life. Special thanks for their generosity are extended to Joe Lawrence Thompson and Kate Guthrie of Bluegrass Tavern, Rita Medley of Cozy Corner, Lois Ann Cecil of Howardstown Minit Mart, Debbie Morris of Long Branch, Roby’s Country Gardens, and the many individuals who donated auction items. The event was a huge success and all is greatly appreciated.

    Cathy Newton and Lou Smith

    Michael Smith Memorial Team

    470 Clarktown Road

  • It was easier than I thought it would be.

    When I pulled up to the large bright blue trailer to drop my recyclables off, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect. But with my No. 1 and No. 2 plastics already sorted and my cardboard and newspapers in separate piles, things went smoothly.

    As I unloaded the recyclables from my trunk, a number of people came and went from the large blue trailer. Some dropped off piles of stuff. Others just dropped off a few things.

  • To the editor:

    As a resident of Sullivan Lane, I would like to thank our County Judge Executive, Dean Watts, our fourth district magistrate, Tim Hutchins, and the Nelson County road crew for the much needed improvements to this road. The road is easier and safer to drive.    Thanks again.

    Joe Rice

    Sullivan Lane


  • A recent renovation suddenly turned demolition shed some light on a problem the city has with its historic preservation statutes — there’s no teeth in the law for those that don’t abide by the rules.

    The building in question was the former site of Nelson County Health Department at 115 S. Fifth St. in the city’s historic district. Bardstown Medical Building Inc. received permission from the Historic Review Board and the Bardstown City Council to make changes to the outside of the building during a renovation phase.