• Elected officials should be heard

    Nelson Fiscal Court recently turned another page in its efforts to enhance its smoking ban.

    Some years ago, the Court banned smoking in all government offices. Now, the Court has extended that ban to include smoking inside county-owned vehicles.

    The Court was split among its members with two magistrates voting for the ban and two voting against it. County Judge Executive Dean Watts cast the final vote enacting the smoking ban for county vehicles.

  • Honor Veterans on this day

    Today is Veterans Day and while some ceremonies have already been held and others will occur today and Monday, the resounding purpose is to honor our veterans for their willingness to serve and sacrifice for the common good of the United States of America.

    When we honor our men in women in the armed services throughout the world and those who have served their country we are showing our patriotism, love of country and respect for those who protect and defend our freedoms.

  • KSP officer deserving of honor

    Citizens involved in drug awareness work in this region have long known about the dedication Kentucky State Police Elizabethtown Post trooper Steve Pavey brings to his job as public affairs officer.

  • Shop at home this Christmas

    Most holiday programs have a theme. Whether it’s Light Up Christmas, Holiday Spirits or Fairy Tales come to life, the themes are endless but can set a mood for a particular gathering.

    This week’s holiday preview by the Downtown Merchant’s Association should come with the theme “Shop at Home.”

  • Christmas toy drive kicks off

    For more than 50 years the Bardstown Optimist Club has lived up to the motto of “Friend of Youth” so it was no surprise when the organization announced last month that it was going to spearhead the effort to collect toys for needy children for this Christmas season.

    You will recall last year that when Bonnie Drake learned the Jaycees had been disbanded locally she took on the challenge of organizing the collection and distribution of toys as well as blankets for seniors.

  • Slower housing gives needed break

    What a blessing it is to live and work in a growth area.

    A recent story in The Standard took a look at housing starts in 2007 and rightly concluded they were off pace with more recent years. That’s certainly true, but our area has also been moving at near break-neck speed since the mid-90s. Nearly 5,000 homes have been built in the greater Nelson community since 1995, with development spread in virtually every direction.

  • Lantz deserving of recent award

    We join the greater Bardstown and Nelson communities in congratulating Dr. Jan Lantz on being named Superintendent of the Year by the Kentucky World Language Association.

    The award recognizes the Nelson County Schools superintendent for her all-around support for foreign language instruction and especially for the Chinese language program recently adopted.

    The KWLA and its leaders had some glowing remarks. “She is one of the leaders nationally in this Chinese program,” noted Dr. Jacque Van Houten, who presented the award at a recent meeting in Louisville.

  • Gover leaves with bourbon festival

    The decision by Pam Gover to step down as director of the Bourbon Festival has called into sharp focus the immense contribution she has made to the success of the annual September event. When Gover took the reins almost a decade ago, the Festival was more than $150,000 in debt and struggling to survive.

  • County will put facility to good use

    Nelson Fiscal Court’s decision to purchase the old Post Office/Library building on the court square for use as a records depository was the right thing to do on several levels. First, it will save the county money. Even with converting County Clerk records to images for storage, the county was running out of room to keep the records, many with historic significance in an orderly and safe manner.