• It's time for a smoking ban

    With two public hearings behind us and several opinions voiced at those hearings and in numerous letters to the editor, we think the time has come for Nelson Fiscal Court to do what is right and pass a smoking ordinance for local businesses.

    We understand this is a hard decision for our local officials but they are elected to make those tough decisions and do what is best for the county at large. Both sides of the idea — pro and con — have presented thoughtful ideas.

  • Interceptor line was much needed

    Taxpayers often balk when they hear about elected officials dipping into reserve funds, and sometimes, their trepidation is justified. Such is not the case with Bardstown’s Town Creek interceptor project.

    The project will cost $3.87 million, and though the city budgeted only $2.5 million for it, the remaining $1.37 million — to be taken from normally restricted reserves — will be money well spent.

  • NAMI important for area health

    Mental illness does not deserve the stigma that decades of ignorance have heaped onto it, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t take a toll on those it affects and society as a whole. Dysfunctional family relationships, poor work performance or the inability to stay employed, futile jail time and being a danger to oneself or others are but a few of the unfortunate scenarios depression, schizophrenia or other mental illnesses can cause.

  • Booster seat law was needed

    A host of new laws went into effect Tuesday — 90 days after the General Assembly’s session adjourned.

  • Working together boosts economy

    Wired is an acronym for “Workforce Innovations in Regional Economic Development.” Wired65 refers to economic development centered along the counties near the Interstate 65 corridor.

    Last week, a fact finding session at the Talbott Tavern brought together a wide range of locals who have a vested interest in the development of quality employment opportunities for Nelson County residents. Economic development is no longer an exercise involving pitting one county against another. Today the watchword is regional cooperation and pooling of efforts to maximize good outcomes.

  • Remarkable men pastor residents

    The term “remarkable” generally means something that is worthy of a remark. Nelson County has a new pair of local pastors who are remarkable in their own right.

    The Rev. Wally Dant, the new pastor at St. Thomas and St. Monica, is a father, grandfather and retired UPS executive. Pastor Marion Thomas Harned, the new minister at Boston Christian Church, is a retired Colonel in the Air Force where he served 25 years as a chaplain.

  • Niche tourism found home here

    Down through the years so-called “niche tourism” has played an important role in our visitor driven economy. Although never getting the public attention that mainstream tourists receive, groups coming to Nelson County for a specific event or convention make up a significant number of visitors here each year.

    A good example of these kind of events was this weekend’s Volkswagen “Thing” gathering headquartered at Quality Inn. Soccer tournaments, the Kentucky Music Week and the Maryland to Kentucky reunion are other prime examples.

  • The fair is fun for the whole family

    The 34th annual Nelson County Fair starts Monday bringing the county’s annual fun back to the fairgrounds.

    Each year the fair offers something for everyone — young and old alike.

    With an opportunity to see the county’s best gather to display their talents in a variety of activities, this is one of the best times of the year for the area.

    Although a couple of pre-fair events took place this weekend, the fair officially opens Monday with opening ceremonies and the always-popular Miss Nelson County Fair contest.

  • Gallery beautiful and functional

    Even if Downward Dog Art Gallery were nothing but a pretty spot, owner Rebecca Rumbley would deserve our thanks for turning one of our downtown buildings into a showpiece and preserving it for future generations.

    From the moment you walk into the corner building at 131 N. Third St. and East Flaget, you are struck by a design that makes good use of open space and rich colors. It is at once relaxing and stimulating, with deep violet walls, marble and plenty of natural light.

  • Support fun

    The 10th annual Bloomfield Picnic in the Park is Saturday. It marks the passage of one-fifth of the required 50 years before the time capsule buried at the first picnic can be opened.

    More pressing for this years event are the inexpensive food and many chances for families to enjoy a day with their neighbors.