People and Places

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Welcoming the stranger

    It started with a random act of kindness.

    Thirty years ago, Father Charles Strobel, pastor of Holy Name Catholic Church in Nashville, was involved with a soup kitchen frequented by homeless men who lived along the Cumberland River. When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bulldozed their camp of tarpaper shacks, they went to “the place of least resistance,” which was his church’s parking lot.

  • ‘Running Man’ a local fixture, even if folks don’t actually know his real name

    Cecil Ellis is a man of many talents and interests. He sings in a country band, played basketball in high school and college and collects T-shirts and shoes.

    But what most people might know about him is his running.

    Ellis, known as “The Running Man,” can be seen running along Ky. 245 usually from April to December. He occasionally makes his way out to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to run as well.

    Ellis has run in 3K, 5K, 10K, mini-marathon and marathon races across the nation.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Reining Champion

    Since she was 5 years old, Emma Filiatreau has been learning about responsibility, hard work and sacrifice. 

    The St. Joe fifth-grader has been riding horses most of her life, starting out on trails with her grandfather Chris Ballard. Over the past few years, that passion has turned into a competitive skill, and Emma has won several competitions through the National Horse Reining Association. 

  • 'The Huntress': Bardstown woman followed the money to convict war criminals

    As a Kentucky girl who loved horses and books, Suzanne Hayden could not have imagined at a young age the radical changes in direction her life and career would take.

    She was an English teacher until she divorced her husband and followed her father into the oil business in Oklahoma. Then Hayden went to law school to be an oil and gas lawyer. But at the end of her first class, though, she suddenly understood she was meant for something else.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Drink up!

    While Nelson County is the home of several distilleries and serves as host for the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, the county also has facilities that produce lighter alcoholic drinks.

    The Springhill Winery began in 1990 in Springfield by Eddie O’Daniel. O’Daniel’s winery has been in other locations in the past 25 years, including Bardstown and Carrollton before settling on the current location on Springfield Road outside of Bloomfield.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Working the door

    For some, he is the man who takes your keys and waves you through the metal detector. But for others, Deputy LeRoy Clark is more than a court security guard. He is a friendly face on good days and bad.

    “I get to meet a lot of people, and I try to have something positive to say to everyone,” Clark said. “It may be the only friendly face they see that day.”

    For the past 10 years, Clark has been working security at the Nelson County Justice Center, and as a bailiff in Drug Court.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Thrills and trials on the Appalachian Trail

    Blame it on Grandma Gatewood.

    Evy Schnee got the idea of hiking the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail more than 30 years ago when she met a fellow hiker who had done it. But her boss (she was a bookkeeper for a grocery chain) would not let her take the time off from work, so she put it off until she retired and moved to Kentucky in 2008.

    Her son sent her Ben Montgomery’s biography of Emma Rowena Gatewood, who in 1955, at the age of 67, told her children she was going for a walk, and didn’t return for a long time.

  • Education, utilities biggest changes during early 1900s

    In celebration of the 115th anniversary of The Kentucky Standard, the editorial staff will publish a series of articles that will illustrate the top stories the newspaper covered over the past 15 decades. These series of articles will coincide with a series running on PLG-TV 13 from Dec. 2 to 16 starring local historian and former Bardstown mayor Dixie Hibbs. This article covers the top stories of 1900s and 1910s.


    The Kentucky Standard’s origin

  • Local parish celebrates 30 years with ‘twin’ Haitian church

    When the word “twin” comes to mind, people may think of an identical pair of siblings or a bed size. But the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral has a different take on the word.

    In 1985, the church took it upon itself to adopt St. Francis Xavier, a church in Acul Samedi, Haiti, as its twin after being visited by an organization called Parish Twinning that promoted “twinning” of churches. Typically, the purpose of “twinning” is to establish a relationship between two churches that will offer both spiritual and financial support.

  • People & Places>>IMPACT: Artist sharing positive message through music



    At 18, Stephan Traynor is working to positively influence the youth his community. His tool? Music.

    “Ever since I was a kid, my mom played a lot of music … all kinds of stuff,” Traynor said. And he loved rap and hip-hop, but there was a negative stigma that went along with a lot of hip-hop songs played over the radio. “I was always kind of shielded from that growing up.”