• '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.

  • Editorial: Perhaps the red elm can't be saved

    When Nelson County Schools announced it had to cut down the large red elm tree behind Foster Heights Elementary School, it was inevitable there would be some protest. The tree, which is estimated to date back to the Civil War, has long provided shade and a fun place to romp for Foster Heights students.

    Regardless of the sentimentality surrounding the tree, it’s a shame to eliminate such an impressive living thing that has been, as one letter writer put it in The Kentucky Standard, a silent witness to history.

  • Bus bomb threat the work of a small mind

    We don’t know yet who was behind the bomb threat Monday that affected Bardstown Primary and Elementary schools, but we do know it was someone who at best is immature and at worst disgruntled and intent on dragging innocent children into his misery.

  • Our hopes for 2011

    As we leave what has been a rough 2010 and look forward to 2011, here’s a list of our hopes for the new year.

    • Kentucky will finally join the ranks of other former top burley-producing states — North Carolina and Virginia — and pass a statewide smoke-free workplace ordinance to protect workers’ health.

    • Kentucky lawmakers will pass a balanced budget on time.

    • Newly elected local officials will settle into their leadership roles and fulfill their campaign promises.

  • Bardstown on its way to being culinary destination

    You could call it “recreational dining,” but that sounds more like a hot dog-eating contest. In this case recreational dining refers to those who travel to a particular town or region to patronize an eating establishment.

  • It is important to post your house number prominently

    Recently at a 5:01 Chamber event, incoming City of Bardstown council member Fred Hagan expressed his surprise to find so many Bardstown homes without house numbers while campaigning door to door this fall. It was especially surprising since the City of Bardstown has an ordinance on the books requiring residents to post their house numbers.

  • Saying bye to those who have served our county

    In his quiet, unsuspecting way Sheriff Mike Newton has changed the Nelson County Sheriff’s Department.