• February has been Black History Month since 1926, decades before the Civil Rights movement began in this country. But that doesn’t mean it has always been properly observed. Not surprisingly, in a country in which many still remember the sting of segregation, Black History was not often given much thought.

    The same could once be said of Nelson County, but not anymore. We are fortunate here that the community had several Black History Month observances from which to choose.

  • The database Pen Bogert has put together in just his short time on the job as the part-time preservation administrator for the Bardstown Historical Review Board is quite impressive.

    Bogert describes the database as a “one-stop shop” for the 387 historic buildings, sites and lots in Bardstown. He began with the 279 properties on the National Register of Historic Places and finished with the 108 properties in Bardstown’s historic district.

  • Long overdue recognition for a Nelson County Constable who was killed in the line of duty almost 25 years ago will be forthcoming at a special ceremony at the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington, D.C. in May.

  • Today we begin the last half of this year’s legislative session. The biggest thing behind us is the tax increase; a few key issues remain.

  • To the editor:

    The American Heritage dictionary defines a team as a group organized to work together. The best example of a team that I know of is the St. Joe Red eighth-grade boys’ basketball team who finished their season with a perfect 31-0 record. I realize that the majority of press must go to high school athletics, however I did not want our boys’ success to go unnoticed in our community. As a result, I’d like to share a few words with you about the success of this spectacular group.

  • To the editor:

     Water becomes real to the fish only when it’s dangling from the hook.

    No matter what station or channel you turn to, it’s the same: complain, complain, complain.

    The first part of my Neo-Contemplative Stimulus Plan would send all the reactionary members of Congress, and all the carping pundits and talking heads — on an all-expenses paid junket to Haiti for a week.

  • Peter Senge has edited a set of essays to provide some help in sorting out how we see and think the way we do. All this seeing and thinking is  no solo activity.

    For example, one could likely easily agree that how I see others is the consequence of a whole village of people influences: my experiences in life, family,  education and work; attitudes of friends, my political party, the media for sure, my faith community’s teachings and actions.

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    We want to take this opportunity to thank the United Way of Nelson County for its support of The New Hope Food Bank. It is a great relief to know that this agency is out there doing such an important job in this community. It is  making a difference in the quality of life for so many of the county’s residents who otherwise would not have the services available to them that United Way supports.

    We thank the United Way for the grant monies this year which will be used for the provisions needed to feed the hungry in our county.

    Carmel Cecil

  • Baby Noah was born at 2 pounds, 11 ounces.

    Baby Maliah weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces.

    Baby Isiah weighed 3 pounds, 4 ounces.

    Baby Noriah was born at 2 pounds, 8 ounces.

    Baby McCai came into the world at 1 pounds, 8 ounces.

    Baby Josiah weighed 2 pounds, 12 ounces at birth.

    Baby Jeremiah was only 1 pound, 15 ounces when he was born.

    Baby Jonah weighed 2 pounds, 11 ounces.

    Born Jan. 26, 2009, in California, the eight tiny babies and their mom, Nadya Suleman, have created quite a controversy.

  • I was diagnosed with pre-diabetes last week.

    By looking at me, you’d never be able to tell. I look like your average “healthy” 25-year-old female. Only difference is inside my body my blood glucose level is abnormal.

  • Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner will get much better at making his case to Congress and the American people. I’m confident in that prediction because after watching his debut this week, I don’t see how he could get much worse.

  • To the editor:

    We both know some local Small Business Owners who could perhaps write:

    Dear Valued Employees,

    There have been some rumors around the office about the future of our company ... specifically your job. Yes, the economy’s in the “tank” and we have concerns about that. Here’s the good news: The economy won’t directly hurt your employment status. On the other hand, the changing political environment looks like it will.

  • Cuts abound in this weak economy. Layoffs, reduced spending, government budget shortfalls and discussions of how to survive are the norm.

    Public service organizations are needed now more than ever, which is why a payroll deduction to United Way should not be among the items on your chopping block.

  • I promised Gator that I would write about him.

    His real name is Mike, and he lives in the woods in a camp with some other people.

    I only met him briefly, which is par for the course for reporters. We get to know people long enough to get what we need for a story, but often not long enough to care.

    I’m talking about myself here, and the truth is I’m not proud of it. But I’m telling you this because God’s been chipping away at my uncaring, although he’s got a long way to go.

  • Since Nelson County adopted a mandatory trash pickup ordinance and tackled the problem of illegal open dumps head on, the whole culture of tossing junk over the side of the hill or down a sink hole has had a sea change.  

    Sure there are still pockets of of trash that turn up from time to time, but with every household in the county paying for trash pickup, a reason to dump stuff along the road does not exist.  

  • To the editor:

    I am writing concerning the current political scene in Nelson County. The recent article about the spending of $500,000 on the old library building is just the icing on the cake. One has to wonder if Mrs. Mattingly wasn’t just out lobbying for something that Judge Watts wanted all along.  Our Magistrates and Judge Executive are elected officials who are supposed to protect our taxes.

  • Computer hackers managed to hijack a digital road sign in Austin, Texas, the other day and change its message to “Zombies Ahead.”

    It was a whimsical warning for that stretch of Texas road, but could have served as a deadly earnest statement about the U.S. economy. “Zombie banks” was the term for Japanese financial institutions propped up by government in the 1990s despite their basic insolvency after a real-estate bubble. These unprofitable banks, in a financial revenge of the living dead, cast a decade-long pall over Japan.

  • During this lovey-dovey time of year, I always remember my favorite Valentine’s Day story, and sharing it with you readers has become something of a tradition.

    About seven years ago, long before my Kentucky Standard days, I worked at a newspaper with a confirmed man-hater. I don’t know the details about what her ex-husband did to her, but it must’ve been bad. His name was always spoken in hushed tones and followed by a scowl.

  • To the editor:

    Recently President Obama stated “it is only government that can break the vicious cycle, where lost jobs lead to people spending less money, which leads to even more layoffs.” While I agree that our government needs to do something soon to help us out of this economic crisis I don’t believe only government can break the cycle. I believe we —  the people — need to help. We don’t have to spend more to help, we just need to BUY AMERICAN when we do spend.