• Editorial: Zarb brothers’ cultural vision continues to enrich Bardstown life

    Local legend tells us that back in 2003, two brothers from Australia, Pauly and Matt Zarb, adopted Bardstown as home. Why? Unclear. What was clear is one day, Pauly looked out the front window of his Third Street apartment, and thought it would be cool to put a stage right in the middle of the street to host a new, diversified concert. To manifest the vision, they would close the streets and host a big party. Right in the heart of downtown.

  • Editorial: Attendance best way to support fair

    The 44th annual Nelson County Fair is underway. Activity continues through Saturday night at the fairgrounds on New Haven Road.

    The county fair has a long history. An earlier version of the fair was organized by the Nelson County Agricultural Association, and fairs were held for decades in the last half of the 19th century into the early years of the 20th.

    The first fairgrounds were located on the west side of Louisville Road just south of the Nazareth campus, a section that old-timers still call Fairgrounds Villa.

  • EDITORIAL: Law will help fight opioids

    Combating the opioid crisis got one more boost last month when the U.S. House of Representatives overwhelmingly passed H.R. 5327, named the Opioid Recovery Centers Act.

  • EDITORIAL: Habitat builds more than homes, enables better lives

    When volunteers turn out in big numbers, things get done, and they get done fast.

    That was the scenario a week ago, when about 40 people poured their time and effort over a two-day span to raise a new house for Betty Ellery in Springfield.

    The home, the first for Ellery, who is in her mid-50s, was made possible by the charity of My New Kentucky Home Habitat for Humanity.

  • EDITORIAL: Kentucky Music Week a gift for local economy, arts

    This past week Bardstown has reverberated with the sweet sounds of hammered and mountain dulcimers, banjos, fiddles and a host of other instruments.

    Late June means Kentucky Music Week here and the event over the past couple of decades has grown into a real economic driver for the community. Nancy Barker says she is proud of the impact Kentucky Music Week has on her town. The idea for Kentucky Music Week was a kind of spinoff of Kentucky Music Weekend that Barker staged each summer at Louisville’s Iroquois Park.

  • Editorial: More public recreation options needed

    One resident of the Woodlawn Springs area is trying to get enough signatures on a petition to convince the Nelson County Fiscal Court to consider buying the defunct golf course that has been rezoned for residential development.

    Phillip Mouser thinks the property would be ideal for public greenspace, a place for the public to enjoy the outdoors. There is already some infrastructure in place, such as restrooms and paved paths.

  • EDITORIAL: City was right to separate utility funds from government

    No one can ever recall a time when the City of Bardstown didn’t depend on utility subsidies to help subsidize the city’s general account that provides funds for critical services such as police and fire protection.

  • Editorial: City right to earmark funds to bring back police body cams

    For a while, Bardstown was up with the latest technology by outfitting its police officers with body cameras three years ago.

    But the city’s previous administration less than a year later decided to back out of that game over concerns the technology purchased the first time didn’t pass muster. In the interim — the day of the decision to halt the program, in fact — a man committed suicide following a long negotiation period with police that went sideways.

  • Editorial: Women stepping up on Bardstown Fire, others should be encouraged to do so

    The Bardstown Fire Department recently trained a class of firefighters unlike any it had seen before.

    The group in training included the most women in one class since current Chief Billy Mattingly has been around, which is roughly 30 years.

    There has been one full-time female firefighter in the group’s history, and a few other female volunteers over the years, but never have women made up such a large part of the department.

  • EDITORIAL: Three words that can make a difference

    There are three little words that don’t get said enough in our modern, social-media-saturated world. They are three words that could ease a lot of tensions, reduce conflict and restore friendships.

    No, it’s not “I love you” — this isn’t a sappy pop song. The three words are “I don’t know.”

    Almost no one is willing to say “I don’t know” anymore. Instead, everyone has an opinion about everything, even when they have very little information on which to base those opinions.