• Decade of progress for county site

    Ten years ago today Nelson Fiscal Court officially purchased the Bardstown Plaza Shopping Center. Detractors called it “Dean’s Folly” and worse but in retrospect the investment ranks right alongside the Spencer Mattingly Road park grounds purchase in foresight.

    It has taken a full decade to see the East Stephen Foster acreage blossom into a landscape that pleases the eye and complements the nearby My Old Kentucky Home State Park grounds.

  • Grants for tourism help our economy

    Grants recently awarded by the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission show a dedication to a wide range of tourism opportunities in Nelson County.

    Eleven organizations received money for projects ranging from Web site development to an outdoor electrical supply. Sports groups, museums and musicals are among the lucky recipients. We are fortunate to have such a wide range of entertainment options in our county, where a short drive can take us to top-notch cultural, historical and community-oriented venues.

  • New Bloomfield Center is good

    Although it may be a few years down the road before Bloomfield’s Civic and Senior Citizen Center is a reality, our hats are off to city leaders for their forward thinking.

    This is a facility the city of Bloomfield needs and something of which the whole community can be proud.

  • Area showcased in Pegasus Parade

    How appropriate it is that “Stephen Foster — The Musical” will be the opening act of this year’s Kentucky Derby Festival Pegasus Parade. That’s super news for the musical and great news for the entire Bardstown community.

    Upwards to a quarter million persons are expected to take in the Republic Bank Pegasus Parade live and that many or more will catch it on Wave 3, either live or on a replay Derby Day.

  • Kiwanis auction is a win for all

    The 48th annual Kiwanis Radio Auction will be a week from Sunday on WBRT, 1320 AM and once again participants will have a chance to buy donated items at “an auction price” and help the many good causes supported by Bardstown’s oldest civic club.

    The auction will be 1-6 p.m. and will again originate from the Conway-Heaton showroom. This is the club’s major fundraiser of the year and has been since it started in the early 1960s, replacing a variety show.

  • Tasers would be good police tools

    Tasers for the Bardstown Police Department are a good idea and we encourage the City Council to give Chief Charles Marksbury the green light to purchase them.

    One hears pros and cons on the use of tasers, but the facts are they are in widespread use throughout the country and it is high time Bardstown police have use of this technology. The chief sensibly is requesting three such tasers, one for each shift. We should think that if they prove effective, eventually it would not be out of the ordinary for each and every patrol officer to have one.

  • Drug problem affects all of us

    It’s been said it takes a village to raise a child. If that’s true, it must take an entire community to rid that village of illegal drugs.

    If all of us work together, those taking part in the manufacturing and distribution of illegal drugs may find it just a little harder to do business. If nothing else, we could protect ourselves from inadvertently being exposed to the hazardous waste produced by some illegal drug operations.

  • Third on Third to benefit downtown

    There are hopes the third Friday of each month will be special for businesses in and around Third Street in Bardstown.

    A new initiative, born through a partnership between Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist Commission and the Downtown Promotions group, is bringing special events to the downtown area each third Friday of the month.

    Designed to increase foot traffic to those area businesses, the Third on Third events will allow local residents and tourists to explore the downtown area with the added bonus of having a little something special on the venue.

  • Participate this Election Day

    If you’ve watched any television lately, read any newspaper, listened to any radio station or just chatted with friends, the upcoming presidential election was bound to be a topic at one point or another.

  • Cuts loom after budget passes

    The budget passed by the General Assembly is cause for high anxiety in various quarters among service providers on the receiving end of funding, including school administrators and school boards which soon will soon be forced to deal with budget cuts. Education Commissioner Jon Draud issued a plea for lawmakers to find more revenue. Specifically, he noted significant cuts to after-school tutoring, teacher development, and school safety programs — where funding was sliced by as much as 50 percent.