• EDITORIAL: Vote for the Best of Nelson County

    What restaurant has the best burger in Nelson County? Who is the best photographer in Nelson County? Who is the best attorney in our county?

    The voting has begun for the annual Kentucky Standard Best of Nelson County awards, and you have the opportunity to vote and decide who is the best in each of those categories, plus 97 more.

  • EDITORIAL: Bourbon’s so big, it needs whole weekend

    With the explosion of popularity in bourbon in recent years, everybody wants a piece of that action. With so many tourists coming to Kentucky to sample our spirits, and their numbers growing yearly, there are lots of opportunities to cash in on bourbon tourism.

    Some 95 percent of the world’s bourbon is produced in Kentucky, and most of it comes from within a 20-mile radius around Bardstown, and that is an important fact of which to remind people.

  • EDITORIAL: Bookfest success aided community in several ways

    The recent Nelson County Bookfest, which took place at the Guthrie Opportunity Center May 16-23, was a huge success for the center and The Kentucky Standard Newspaper in Education program. An estimated 30,000 books, DVDs, CDs, tapes and vinyl records were purchased, and the event raised over $11,500 for the two programs.

    If anyone thinks people don’t read these days — especially books — then the Bookfest proved that reading is still alive and well in Nelson County.

  • EDITORIAL: McConnell: winning (any way he can) since 1977

    Mitch McConnell knows how to win. He has been winning elections in Kentucky for more than 40 years, since he was first elected in Jefferson County as judge-executive in 1977.

    McConnell figured out how to convince Louisville’s labor unions to endorse him in that first run. He pledged his support for collective bargaining for public employees when he was seeking their endorsement.

  • EDITORIAL: ‘Stephen Foster’ kickoff shows strength of local action

    “The Stephen Foster Story” will kick off its 61st season this Saturday at J. Dan Talbott Amphitheatre.

    The amphitheater has been a longstanding staple of Bardstown, Nelson County and Kentucky since 1959. Thousands of people visit Bardstown yearly to experience the story of Stephen Collins Foster, who composed Kentucky’s state song and other classics.

  • Get ready, this governor’s race will be personal

    No love will be lost, that’s for sure. 

    On Tuesday, May 21, Kentuckians who went to the polls and voted for their choice to be the next governor of this state made sure this gubernatorial race is going to be one for the ages.

  • EDITORIAL: Revival effort of New Hope Ballpark is encouraging

    In the digital age, the social lives of many people revolve around the internet, with apps on a phone, tablet or laptop serving as the access point to a worldwide community.

    That approach has its good points, such as making it easier for people to stay connected despite long distances. There are downsides, also, such as how civility is dying a slow death through toxic communications by people hiding behind computer avatars, spewing things they would never say to a person face-to-face.

  • A sacrifice worth at least a minute of your time

    What is Memorial Day?

    It might be easier to first address all the things it isn’t.

    Memorial Day is not a celebration of barbecues and backyards.

    Memorial Day is not a day to buy a grill or landscaping supplies or mattresses — even though they’ll all be on sale.

    Memorial Day is not the day pools open.

    Memorial Day is not the first day of summer.

  • EDITORIAL: Congress should raise age for buying nicotine products to 21

    The history of tobacco’s influence in Kentucky politics for far too long favored producers of a product that has been proven to kill people.

    Often that protection was veiled under the guise of protecting the small family farmer who worked a full-time job but raised a tobacco patch to supplement the family’s income.

  • EDITORIAL: Jennings an asset to local preservation

    If you haven’t noticed, history is what we do here in Bardstown.

    The deep history ingrained in our area permeates just about every aspect of life and culture in one of Kentucky’s most historic destinations.