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People and Places

  • Keanu and Lakin

     

    Bardstown Tigers v. Nelson County Cardinals.

    Steelers v. Cowboys.

    U of L v. UK.

    It shouldn’t have happened, what with these seemingly insurmountable obstacles, but the love story between Keanu Young and Lakin Walls has conquered all that stuff.

  • People & Places: 'You just finish'

    Grueling is how Dale Hill, of Bardstown, described his first ever Ironman triathlon event in Louisville.

    “It’s a lot more than just three disciplines,” Hill said. In addition to swimming, cycling and running, there was nutrition and mental preparation to consider as the day approached.

    “It was terrifying,” he said. “You’re nervous; scared. You’ve done the work and put the time in it.”

    At 46, Hill said he decided to try Ironman while he was still in a condition to do so.

  • Farmers Hall of Fame recognizes Buck Durbin

    Walter “Buck” Durbin grew up during the Depression. It was an era where all he had was his word, but that was enough.

    “If he said he was going to be somewhere, Daddy was there,” Lisa Barnes said of her father, who spent his life on a farm in Nelson County. 

    His passion for farming and years of hard work, up until his death in March 2014, prompted Durbin’s recognition last week in the Nelson County Farm Bureau’s Farmers Hall of Fame.

  • People and Places: Down on the Farm

    When walking toward the toward the horse stables of Little Haven Farm, one can hear the grunts of pigs, meows of cats and even the brays of donkeys. The five-acre farm, located on Stringtown Road off Bloomfield Road, takes in animals of all sorts and nurses them back to health.

    Letha Dewitt and her daughters, Olivia and Christy DeWitt Summitt, run the farm. The family has been helping animals for several years across Spencer, Nelson and Bullitt counties, but has only been at their current location for about a year and a half.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: The man behind the sport

    Weaving through the rooms of Houghlin Funeral Home in Bloomfield, crowds waited in line for hours to pay their respects to Marion Creech, a community icon and role model for many.

    “You could just sense and feel the amount of respect that so many people had for Marion,” and his wife, Judy, said Nelson County Extension Agent Ron Bowman, who delivered the eulogy at Creech’s funeral.

  • People and Places: A special invitation

    Bourbon connoisseurs with a passion for the ‘Bourbon Capital of the World’ will want to look for bourbon named after a local woman.

    Toogie’s Invitation is the third in a limited-edition collection of small batch bourbon being released by Jim Beam throughout the year.

    Toogie’s Invitation, named after Marilyn “Toogie” Dick, became available earlier this year. Dick is the owner of Kurtz Restaurant in Bardstown.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Serving up a smile

    When the first customer approached the window, Wanda and Kenny McDowell were brimming with excitement and nerves. It was the start of their new adventure. 

    “Stomachs in knots,” Kenny said, recalling the first day jitters. “Do not mess up.” 

  • Crossing to Cuba

    One could imagine that after 50 years of Communist rule and hostile relations with its neighbor, Cuba would not welcome Americans with open arms. But when Fred and Lyda Moore, among 700 passengers of the Adonia, arrived in Havana’s harbor, people were there to greet them like old friends.

    “People were crying, taking our pictures, holding up their children, trying to touch us, just saying, ‘Thank you, Americans! Thank you for coming,’ ” Lyda said.

  • People & Places: Cherrywood Drive

    A performance by Cherrywood Drive is comparable to channel surfing — something a little different each time. The up-and-coming Bardstown band, comprising three local high school students, does not limit itself to a single genre, but rather plays a mix.

    “We pretty much play anything from Johnny Cash to Metallica,” said Landon Helton, lead guitarist.

    Influenced by various artists in the country and rock genres, as well as other performers, Helton said each member contributes their own style.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: A new lease on life

    Losing a limb can have a devastating impact on a person’s life, drastically changing it, but one Bardstown man said the experience has given him a new appreciation of life.

    Shawn Gaither, who has been a Type 2 diabetic for about 20 years, lost his right leg after a surgery in February.

    Gaither initially sustained an infection in his pinky toe, which later spread to the rest of his foot. After consulting with doctors, Gaither decided it was best to amputate his foot.

    Thoughts about his own future populated Gaither’s mind.