• Honorees remind us of the value of commitment

    The three individuals recognized Friday by the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce and Standard Communications could offer us a lesson in perseverance, compassion and dedication. They were rewarded for their commitment to their community, but the awards could just as easily have been for the strong personality and optimism all of them seem to share.

  • Practice patience when snow falls on county roads

    Surprise, there’s more snow in the forecast.

    Tuesday’s forecast is calling for a light wintry mix with the possibility of more snow on Wednesday.

    Considering the type of winter this area has experienced thus far, this news should come as no surprise. This seems to be the winter of snow, snow and yet more snow.

  • Timber Trails area needs county action

    The fire Tuesday morning at an abandoned house on Timber Trails east of Boston brought attention to a section of the county that has long felt “abandoned” by county government.

  • Athlete shows maturity, patience beyond her years

    “Why do bad things happen to great people?”

    Sure, it’s a timeworn cliché, and coaches are well known for often over-using clichés. But Bardstown girls’ basketball coach Paul Stone was right on the money when he wondered this aloud in a comment to Kentucky Standard Sports Editor Peter W. Zubaty in a story in the Jan. 14 edition after it was revealed his star forward, Daizah Kimberland, would miss the remainder of her senior season after blowing out her left knee the week before.

  • Job fair can meet the needs of all involved

    The fact that our country’s unemployment rate is alarmingly high is no secret. It’s getting better, but it has a long way to go before we can say it’s good. In the meantime, many Americans are without work or wondering when their unemployment benefits will expire. That’s a situation that affects every aspect of one’s life, from nourishment to shelter to raising children.

  • ‘Gentleman attorney’ will be missed

    If being “old school” means embracing values that sometimes are lost in the shuffle of 21st century life then Challen McCoy was very much old school.

  • 'I have a dream'

    August 28, 1963

    Washington, D.C.


    I am happy to join with you today in what will go down in history as the greatest demonstration for freedom in the history of our nation.

    Five score years ago, a great American, in whose symbolic shadow we stand, signed the Emancipation Proclamation. This momentous decree came as a great beacon light of hope to millions of Negro slaves who had been seared in the flames of withering injustice. It came as a joyous daybreak to end the long night of captivity.

  • It’s time for a statewide smoking ban for Kentucky

    Kentucky is behind the eight ball when it comes to a statewide smoking ban.

    But that could change if a Lexington legislator gets her way. For the upcoming General Assembly, State Rep. Susan Westrom, D-Lexington, has proposed a statewide ban on smoking in all indoor workplaces with at least one employee, including restaurants, bars and private clubs. It may sound like a radical move, especially for local residents who are just getting used to a Bardstown ban instituted this summer, but in reality the state is running behind the rest of the country.

  • Floyd’s position of influence a thing of the political past?

    David Floyd’s position on dropping out of contention for a leadership post in the Kentucky General Assembly seems counter-intuitive.

    He says he can better serve the people of the 50th District by shedding the workload associated with being Minority Whip. What he is sacrificing, though, is a seat at the table where strategies are developed, agendas shaped and far-reaching decisions about the way the system works are hammered out.

  • Flaget Hospital celebrates 60 years of service

    Sixty years ago, the community welcomed the opening of the county’s first hospital — Flaget Memorial Hospital.

    On Jan. 8, 1951, the building was blessed and years of planning, fundraising and construction were finally a reality. Even before the hospital officially opened, it was obvious the county was in need of the facility.