• Editorial: Honorees all work to make our community a better place

    Last Thursday was a big night in our community as four individuals were honored at the annual dinner of the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce. There was plenty of praise to share as presenters read aloud the accomplishments of those recognized.

  • Editorial: Be patient during bridge work

    It is going to be a sometimes frustrating spring and summer for motorists who regularly use the U.S. 150 bridge over the Bluegrass Parkway. Officials are urging patience while the bridge is being widened and two additional lanes constructed between the bridge and the Ky. 245 intersection.

  • Editorial: Event is a night of elegance and an opportunity to help rebuild

    Every year, the Stephen Foster Drama Association kicks off its season by hosting its annual fundraiser, the Beautiful Dreamer Ball. This year, those funds and that support are needed more than ever before.

    This year, as performers, organizers and guests come together to celebrate 60 years of a local tradition and national treasure, they’re also rallying to support the drama’s home.

  • Editorial: Residents need to step forward to fill open seats in small cities

    At the local level, public service is among the most noble of vocations.

    It shows an uncommon dedication to the constituencies those people seek to represent — a love, honor and respect for those constituents and the cities and areas they wish to serve. Those entities could be elected positions such as school boards, city councils and state and magisterial districts, or appointed bodies such as planning and zoning, or ethics and historic commissions, among others.

  • Editorial: Volunteerism a meaningful way to honor MLK

    Jan. 15, the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, was a day off for most students and many workers, but it was a day of service for some 60 students and Rotarians who turned the time into an opportunity to address hunger issues on the local and international level as they packed meal kits at Bethlehem High School.

    MLK Day has long been a springboard for launching volunteer work in the service of mankind.

  • Editorial: Knights to be commended for more than 100 years of service

    In Bardstown in 1907, 71 Catholic men came together to form Council No. 1290 of the Knights of Columbus — a men’s service group that had only existed nationwide for 25 years.

    Today, in the local council’s 110th year, close to 300 men make up the group — and 10 of those men have been members for 50 years or longer.

    Nationally, the organization describes itself as “Catholic men of faith and men of charitable action.” Locally, that mission rings true.

  • Editorial: Sharing stories could lift stigma

    As the nation, our state and local communities struggle with the horrifying affects of drug addiction, there appears to be some small glimmers of hope. People are starting to understand that drug addiction affects individuals and families from all walks of life. Law enforcement officials are realizing that addicts are all not necessarily bad people but good people that just got addicted to drugs. Our judicial system has learned over time that punishment and incarceration of addicts doesn’t solve the problem.

  • Editorial: Stiffer penalties not the answer

    In the past, society viewed drug addiction as a moral flaw so punishment included incarceration, but as we have learned over time, this does nothing to solve the problems of addiction.

  • Layoffs are hard, but the blow is lessened by the economy, diverse market

    The announcement that American Greetings will shed 150 positions in coming months was one of the few negative headlines in recent years in Nelson County’s economic news.

    American Greetings has been a stalwart in the local job market since it came to Bardstown in 1983. It was established here and became one of the largest private employers before so many sectors of the economy were disrupted by the internet, especially those involving paper and stationery, like its greeting cards product.

  • Holsclaw’s replacement has big shoes to fill for BCS

    In the past 110 years, Bardstown City Schools has had just eight superintendents, which is a pretty good track record by the city’s school board in terms of finding quality, stable people to lead the system.

    Now, with current superintendent Brent Holsclaw announcing his retirement following this school year, BCS is on the hunt for someone new to guide it. Whomever is chosen to replace Holsclaw will have big shoes to fill, to be sure.