• We need to do better at the polls

    We can and must do better in November.

    Given the virtual non-existing contests in the Republican primary, the overall turnout in Tuesday’s primaries in Nelson County and Kentucky was respectable. With the winner-take-all stakes in November for President, U.S. Senate, and 2nd Congressional U.S. House seats, the time is now to begin critical analysis of the candidates and the issues, as to position oneself front and center in line on Nov. 4 as a willing and educated voter.

  • Fire could not destroy church

    The Bardstown United Methodist Church fire, though certainly not expected or welcome, had many positive outcomes.

    Few would have thought that possible in the first days after the fire, which was May 24, 1998, after lightning struck the steeple and bell tower. The blaze caused about $1 million in damage, and the water used to extinguish the fire damaged the sanctuary, pews, piano and organ. Parts of the ceiling in the Family Life Center, which was completed shortly before the fire, was damaged from firefighters having to cut through the ceiling to control the flames.

  • Downtown concept is taking shape

    Joe and Jenny Buckman are the poster children for the concept Rick Hill was preaching two years ago when he released his report on how the downtown and near downtown areas of Bardstown could be transformed through innovative development of living space.

    The condominium project on North Fourth Street is the perfect example of blending a new building with historic surroundings. Even more innovative are plans on which the Buckmans are working for six so-called “row houses” on East Broadway, just east of the Opera House property.

  • New board member is an asset

    Being an educator or effective school board member is virtually a special calling. When you lump the vocation with the avocation, you have something a bit special. Such is the case with the newest member of the Nelson County Board of Education, who has spent much of his life in schools and the education business.

  • "Habitat" homes make a difference

    In a show of great generosity, a local builder has made it possible for My New Kentucky Home Habitat for Humanity to build two homes in Nelson County this year.

    The local Habitat for Humanity covers three counties — Nelson, Marion and Washington — and homes are built within one of the counties every year. This year was Nelson County’s turn to have a home built, meaning the plans for one home were already in the works.

  • New abbot joins Gethsemani

    Though the daily routine will not change for the monks at the Abbey of Gethsemani, they are entering an exciting new period nonetheless.

    Recently, they elected the 10th abbot in their more than 150-year history. Fr. Elias Dietz accepted the six-year term from Rome, where he is serving a second term as secretary to the Abbot General, head of the Cistercian Order of the Strict Observance, or Trappists.

    As abbot, Dietz will serve as an adviser and spiritual father — holding the place of Christ in the Gethsemani community, as one monk put it.

  • It's time to say thank you to unit

    This Saturday at Parkway Baptist Church the public will have an opportunity to show its appreciation to the men of Battery C, 138th Field Artillery for their service in Iraq.

  • Fischer is choice

    We all know that a Derby “long shot” is a horse that isn’t favored to win, but would apt to pay off nicely if he were to surprise the odds makers.

    U.S. Senatorial candidate Greg Fischer is the decided underdog — a long shot, then — in the upcoming Democratic Party primary. For the most part, that’s because he lacks the name recognition of front-runner Bruce Lunsford. Running for political office for the first time, he nonetheless is creating a ground-swirl of support statewide.

  • Show support for Relay for Life

    Last year the Nelson County community raised $134,000 for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life — an event to raise money for cancer research and treatments. That’s quite a bit of money but as a community we’ve raised more in years past.

  • Help this area stamp out hunger

    Anyone who has been to the grocery store in recent weeks has noted the price of food, basic food, is up. Blame energy costs, the diversion of grain to producing fuel or just the sour economy, the fact remains that it is now more expensive to put food on the table.

    That is why the “Stamp out Hunger” campaign Saturday is more important this year than ever. Families who have struggled with getting enough to eat even when prices were not going up every day are under an even bigger strain today.