• 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.

  • Editorial: Caution, concern important as winter weather arrives

    We got a brief respite from winter’s wrath earlier this week, with temperatures climbing into the 60s for a couple of days.

    But that has changed with Friday’s bad weather, and the early part of this week calls for temperatures to plunge again, with overnight lows in the single digits.

  • Editorial: Help us honor the work of local volunteers

    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Standard Communications Volunteer of the Year Award.

    Mitch Tiller was the first recipient in 1998, for work done the previous year. Since that first award, 16 individuals and three couples have been honored. Since the untimely death of Standard publisher Ron Filkins in 2009, the award has been called the Ron Filkins Standard Communications Volunteer of the Year Award.

  • Monday a day of service, not just ‘another day off’

    Monday is a federal holiday-Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Some businesses, local government offices, schools and institutions will honor the holiday by being closed, and others will not.

    The history of the federal holiday honoring the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. started with legislation in 1983. However, in 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act, designating the federal holiday as a national day of service with the focus being, “Make it a day on, not a day off.”

  • EDITORIAL: In Orr’s final departure lies an opportunity for reflection, lessons

    The final chapter is hopefully closed on the Anthony Orr era of Nelson County Schools.

    The former superintendent who remained on the payroll after resigning in July has accepted a position as interim superintendent in Powell County Schools about 45 miles east of Lexington.

  • EDITORIAL:Customers need incentives to choose cable over streaming

    Bardstown Cable customers didn’t lose any Louisville TV stations this year. Negotiations continued until just days before the deadline for the city and the station managers to reach an agreement on prices — as it typically does — and customers came out on top in the fact that they won’t be losing any large stations. They lost, however, in the pricing department.

  • OPINION: Bottom line: We need more money to operate


    Community Columnist


    The General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky is now in session.

    “No man’s life, liberty or property are safe while the legislature is in session,” according to Gideon John Tucker, a 19th century lawyer, newspaper editor, and politician from New York. I suppose that gives him enough credentials to know what he was talking about.

  • EDITORIAL: New partnership between farmers and fire department might save a life

    Farming is dangerous work and hazards can sometimes lurk in unexpected places. Grain bins are a good example.

    Thanks to a donation from a local farm couple the Northeast Nelson Fire Protection District is now equipped to respond to grain bin entrapment situations. These emergencies are more common than a non-farmer might think. In 2016 there were two dozen such incidents nationally, resulting in 12 deaths.

    Being able to respond quickly with the right equipment and training is key when a fire department responds to such an emergency.

  • EDITORIAL: Local bar owners stepped up with revival of ‘Shop with a Cop’

    Credit Robyn Thomas of Mammy’s Kitchen for bringing back the Shop with a Cop program and making Christmas a lot brighter for seven disadvantaged Nelson County families.

    The project is organized by the Old Kentucky Home Fraternal Order of Police. After a several-year hiatus, Robyn decided it was time to bring back the Bardstown “Christmas Crawl.” Tito’s Vodka was an underwriting sponsor.

  • EDITORIAL: Mattingly’s retirement result of lawmakers’ pension inaction

    We knew it was coming, but it was a year earlier than expected.

    Nelson County Sheriff Ed Mattingly announced this month he would retire in January, one year ahead of schedule, and said his reason was the uncertainty over how Kentucky’s pension crisis might affect his future financial footing.

    Mattingly had planned on retiring after his term was up at the end of 2018. After four years as sheriff, he was ready to turn the page to the next chapter in his life. His service to the community will be missed.