• 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.

  • County comp plan overhaul is long overdue

    Janet Johnston-Crowe is right.

    The planning commission director says a major overhaul of the county comprehensive plan is overdue, and we need to bring in some pros to draw up a revised map to guide development where it makes sense. By law the comprehensive plan must be reviewed and revised every five years, but no major update has been done in almost two-and-a-half decades. Having county-wide zoning is not that common in Kentucky, but it is a key factor in the quality of life here.

  • Editorial: New distillery experience is a game-changer

    In the past couple of years, Kentucky legislators injected some extra juice into an already burgeoning bourbon industry, releasing the shackles on producers’ and distributors’ ability to put their products in customers’ hands.

  • EDITORIAL: St. Joe Prep lives through its legacy

    Last month marked the half century mark of the passing of a great Bardstown institution — St. Joseph Preparatory School.

    It was February 1968 that the Xaverian brothers who ran the school announced they would be closing it.

    Times were changing, they said. There were more demands than their religious order could meet, and on top of the personnel concerns, declining enrollment and the cost of needed repairs left them with no option.

  • EDITORIAL: Thanks to area dedication, the show will go on

    Well, that was close.

    For a time there, it looked like the “The Stephen Foster Story” and other events at the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre would not survive into its 60th year. The deteriorating condition of the amphitheater, with its myriad structural and electrical issues, threatened to end the historic drama ahead of that 60th milestone, with the state pushing to shut down the facility it had long neglected, citing safety concerns.

  • EDITORIAL:Salt River event changes were a good idea and probably overdue

    Decades ago, when Salt River Electric started the practice of having a festive annual meeting in early June, most of the counties where members lived did not have county fairs. By default, the electric co-op became the place where appliance dealers hauled in their wares, where the Pork Producers and Beef Cattle Association cooked up savory sandwiches for sale, and where not-for-profit groups set up information booths. There were rides for the kids and live music, too. 

  • EDITORIAL: Echoes of the past

    In 2018, modern-day American society has its struggles, from the prolonged fight against terrorism to violence in our schools to providing affordable health care and many more issues. It might be understandable for this generation to think its members face issues more serious than any before it.