• EDITORIAL: Compromise could be key to changing meeting times

    Don Thrasher recently proposed an ordinance that would move Nelson County Fiscal Court meetings to 7 p.m. and require one meeting each quarter take place on a Saturday.

    The Fiscal Court currently meets the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 9 a.m. in the second-floor chambers of the Old Courthouse downtown.

  • Editorial: Fresh faces offer new perspectives on Bloomfield council

    For the second time since October, a vacant seat has been filled on Bloomfield’s City Council. One aspect they both share is their relative youth for serving in local government. Both are in their 30s.

  • Editorial: Addressing our need for available and affordable housing is critical

    Bardstown and Nelson County continue to grow and prosper, but there are key segments in our market that are lagging behind. Available and affordable housing is a key issue that’s plaguing our community. When the real estate bubble burst in 2007, leading up to the Great Recession, everything fell apart. Builders got out of the business or retired, banks took hits on defaulted loans, and new subdivisions set idle for a decade. Now that the economy is recovering and our community is bouncing back, housing development has fallen way behind the demand.

  • EDITORIAL: Getz Museum work will enhance local visitor experience

    When the Barton Distillery changed hands in the mid-1980s, Bardstown came close to losing a 50-year collection of bourbon memorabilia now housed at Spalding Hall and known as the Getz Museum of Whiskey History.

  • EDITORIAL: Souper Bowl shows community’s compassion

    The Souper Bowl of Caring had humble beginnings, much like its big-game namesake on the football field, starting out as a small event but eventually growing over time into a grand occasion.

  • EDITORIAL: Communicating, not arming teachers, could offer prevention

    Putting guns in the hands of teachers is not the answer to enhancing school safety.

    The idea routinely pops up on social media comments following a mass shooting at a school such as what happened in Marshall County High School last month or Parkland, Fla., on Wednesday.

    People voicing their opinions on social media is one thing, though. It is a completely different issue for lawmakers to seriously consider allowing teachers to go armed.

  • Editorial: Comer’s legacy will live on in many ways

    Don Comer did not invent the antique show, but what he and his wife of 62 years, Mary Ann, did in 1967 was to combine their love of antiques with a solid business plan that resulted in the Historic Bardstown Antiques Show. Don was a Marion County native who grew up mostly in LaRue County, but certainly left his mark on Nelson County.

    He died earlier this month at his South Third Street home. He was 86.

  • Editorial: New director hire a big score for Tourist Commission

    Bardstown is at its best when it thinks big.

    And the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission scored a big win this month in hiring its new executive director.

    The commission hired Mike Mangeot Feb. 6 to guide this area’s efforts on bringing in more people to experience what is probably some of the best small-town Kentucky has to offer. He starts on the 19th.

  • The issue: Merging Kentucky counties

    Keep government close to the voters

    A bill in Frankfort would affect most Kentucky counties by merging them with their neighbors and bringing the number from 120 to 55. The reasoning of the bill’s sponsor is that it would save money by eliminating the salaries for elected officials in the deleted counties and realize savings by increased efficiency.

  • Editorial: Jail issues are bigger than a hole in the wall

    The Nelson County Jail has been in the spotlight lately and, unfortunately, it’s not for being innovative or a step above the rest.

    At the end of January, a hole was fixed on the outside of the jail that had been used by inmates to smuggle contraband in to the facility from outside. Yes, that really happened — not once, but at least six times. (That’s how many times the hole about the size of a golf ball has been repaired.)