• Finding innovative ways to tackle drug problem

    Faced with a growing methamphetamine problem in Kentucky, lawmakers, this year, are trying to come to grips with how to control access to the key ingredient in the drug, pseudoephedrine. It is found in a multitude of over-the-counter medications designed to fight colds, sinus problems and allergies.

    A bill introduced in the State Senate would have made medicine containing pseudoephedrine available only by prescription, but critics say that would penalize law-abiding citizens by requiring a doctor visit (complete with out-of-pocket co-pay) plus higher costs for the drug.

  • Police Chief to retire after 10 years on the job

    In Bardstown Police Chief Charles D. Marksbury’s 10 years at the helm he’s seen a lot of changes. The biggest change was probably  the relocation of the police department from cramped quarters at Bardstown City Hall to the Nelson County Justice Center site next to the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Time to look at the real problem of prescription drug abuse

    Prescription drug abuse is a scourge in Kentucky.

    Anyone in denial about the situation needs only look at the statistics. Among young people the problem is growing as the illicit use of prescription drugs outpaces marijuana and the other traditional drugs of choice such as coke, crack and meth.

  • Space contact may increase science and math interest

    “The quality of our math and science education lags behind many other nations. …

    “We need to teach our kids that it’s not just the winner of the Super Bowl who deserves to be celebrated, but the winner of the science fair.”

  • 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.