• Baby steps for city's recycling

    Armed with knowledge that the proposition probably offers both sides of the coin — danged if you do and danged if you don’t — the City of Bardstown will make its entry into recycling later this year. For a growing number of residents, adopting a recycling plan is coming none too soon. Others are apt to be a bit more wary and perhaps even a bit skeptical as to benefits vs. costs of recycling.

  • Good luck at state Bardstown Tigers

    Bardstown High School sold out of its allotment of 800 Sweet 16 tickets Tuesday morning, ensuring the Tigers will have strong crowd support for their first-round game today against 9th Region champ Covington Holmes in Rupp Arena in Lexington.

    The Bardstown bandwagon has grown ever larger during this improbable postseason run, with adults in the community showing up in full force and demonstrating the pride this city has in its school system and its athletic teams.

  • Plaza area needs to stay clean

    In the decade since county government purchased the Bardstown Plaza Center, what was once a sad collection of derelict buildings across from the iconic My Old Kentucky Home State Park has been turned into a visually appealing government center.

  • Wallses will bring much to county

    It was refreshing to hear Charlie and Sandy Walls — new owners of the Blue Grass Entertainment and Exposition Complex — say that while they hope to benefit from Nelson County’s tourism business, they also hope to give back by providing a top-rate entertainment and meeting spot.The relationship between individual businesses and the community as a whole should be symbiotic, and the Wallses get that.

  • State budget talks heat up

    A Democratic-controlled House passes a budget that leaves our new Democratic governor frustrated as well as critical. Meanwhile, the chairman of the House budget committee and designer of the budget and tax bills issues a reminder to the new governor that the legislature “mandates what needs to be done and he (the governor) executes.”All the while, there has been jockeying to see who the next speaker of the house will be.

  • Board would be one more tool

    Mentioning “police” and “Citizens’ Review Board” in the same sentence is a sure fire way to spark controversy, start an argument or abruptly end a conversation.Carefully crafted, however, such a board could go a long way in improving the perceptions of a significant percentage of the population concerning the role of police in their lives.The key is crafting such a board with care so as to provide it with meaningful powers without compromising the rights of a particularly vulnerable group, law enforcement officers.

  • Drama Assoc. to have great season

    The video shown at the Stephen Foster Drama Association lunch Thursday documented a season of success.The 49th year of “Stephen Foster — The Musical” and the many other successful endeavors of the drama association in 2007 were quite a feat. This season — the 50th — will be even more spectacular.With the Stephen Foster show being joined by “Annie” and “The Civil War: A Lincoln Bicentennial Event,” residents of Nelson and surrounding counties will have a variety of shows from which to choose this summer.

  • Downtown events are a good idea

    Unlike many small towns, Bardstown’s downtown area is alive and full of interesting, unique shops that please locals and visitors alike.

    The proof is in a recent Top Five listing with “AAA Car and Travel Magazine” about favorite southern cities. Bardstown shared the spotlight with cities such as Memphis, Tenn., New Orleans, La., Charleston, S.C., and Savannah, Ga. That’s not bad company.

    In an effort to keep that favorite spot among tourists, the downtown realtors have come

  • Original intent of fund should remain

    The tragic fire that took 10 lives last year affected most everyone in this community.As the news of the fire spread beyond our community, others were also deeply affected. In an effort to ease the financial pain felt by the survivors many throughout the country gave money to the fire victims’ fund. Nearly $142,148.39 was collected. Of that, $82,000 remains.The question then became what to do with the money that remained after medical, funeral and living expenses for the survivors were paid.More than a year later that question has been answered.

  • Area is privileged to have Montessori

    Any time a local business closes, it is a sad day for the community. It’s even worse when that business deals with children and has a proven record of success.The Nazareth Montessori Children’s Center has served Bardstown-area preschoolers for 35 years. Because of declining enrollment — which dropped from 75 in 2001 to 45 this year — the center will likely close after this school year.The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth leadership team is justified in questioning whether the center is still needed.