• 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.

  • New bottling line is good news

    Whenever a local company invests in itself, the Nelson County economy benefits.Heaven Hill Distilleries Inc. put an exclamation on that claim recently when it introduced its new bottling line that will increase its capacity by 1 million cases per year. It marks the third major expansion at Heaven Hill in the past three years.

  • Housing authority deserves award

    The state of low-income housing options in Bardstown can pretty much be divided into “before 1965” and “after 1965.”Before that watershed year, low cost housing consisted basically of trailers or ramshackle living quarters poorly maintained and barely acceptable for human habitation.

  • Boston company deserves award

    County School Superintendent Dr. Jan Lantz said when she nominated Promotional Wood Products of Boston for the Kentucky School Board Association “Friends of Education Award” she feared the small firm might be overshadowed by the LG&Es and Ford Motor Companies of Kentucky.

  • Downtown area in need of a facelift

    Many of us tend to think of Bardstown as a quintessential, historic Kentucky community, with a quaintness and charm that resonates from our historic downtown through Museum Row, Bardstown Village, and on to the My Old Kentucky Home, the J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre, and all around.

    That’s why it is so very important to preserve and enhance our past for today and tomorrow’s generations — part of what the Bardstown streetscape project and downtown renewal visions are all about.

  • Hutchenses set a shining example

    Most of us have been guilty at least once of thinking public schools get all the money they need from state and federal government, and that, by paying taxes, we’ve already done our part.

    Sadly, that’s not necessarily true. Although we are fortunate in the United States that most public schools are well equipped, the state of the economy, particularly in Kentucky, paints a dire picture for their near future. Their state funds could be cut by as much as 12 percent, thanks to a budget shortfall that we’ll all feel eventually.

  • Hamilton a good pick for Bethlehem

    Bethlehem High School has faced a great deal of uncertainty in the last four months. The sudden, unsettling absence of former principal Dr. Paul Schum, followed by the announcement that interim principal Chris Walsh would leave at the end of the school year to go to DeSales High School in Louisville, left many at the school longing for calmer days.

    Hopefully, those days have arrived. Thomas Hamilton, an associate superintendent at Bardstown City Schools and a former longtime principal at Bardstown High School, was introduced Wednesday as Bethlehem’s new principal.

  • Help United Way reach its goal

    A boy with no positive male role model. A family left homeless after a tornado. An elderly woman in need of a warm meal. These people and more benefit from money collected and distributed by United Way of Nelson County. The 17 charitable agencies in Nelson County that receive help from United Way collectively asked for $187,550 in 2007. Although the money raised fell $17,550 short of that goal, most of the agencies will receive the amount they requested. To receive funds, each participating agency fills out an application requesting an amount to meet specific needs.

  • It's democracy, not Frankfort Follies

    Some would call it shenanigans. Others would call it more of Frankfort Follies. At least one member called it communist. Instead, it was a simple procedure in democracy.The gaming issue continues to have a heartbeat, thanks to political maneuvering by House Speaker Jody Richards who, on Tuesday, pulled the old switcheroo by removing one member and appointing two others on the House Elections, Constitutional Amendments and Intergovernmental Affairs Committee.