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People and Places

  • Who stole the cookies?

    What is Red Riding Hood hiding in that basket? Where was Alice during the time of the theft? Were the treats “just right” for Goldielocks?

    Students at New Haven School became detectives for the night as they and their families attempted to solve the mystery of the stolen cookies.

    The event was part of the school’s Family Literacy Night, promoting literacy in children through parent participation and creativity.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Haley's honor

    On the eve of Thanksgiving 2014, Haley Jordan, 14-year-old freshman at Nelson County High School, was looking forward to spending time with family and friends when tragedy struck.

    Her father, Kevin Jordan, was driving her, her brother, Gavyn and close friend, Jewel Ritchie, when they were hit head-on by an SUV on the way home from Louisville on U.S. 31E in High Grove.

    Haley along with her brother and friend were transported to Kosair Children’s Hospital, where Haley ultimately spent the holidays.

  • PEOPLE & PLACES: A beauty to the soul

    Early Friday was one of those mornings that make it easy to understand where mankind came up with the concept of God.

    The Central Kentucky area had been ravaged by record snowfall. Roads were still treacherous, vehicles scattered in the ditches. Some of us had made it to work the day before through great effort. Others were still homebound.

    Mother Nature had put us through a lot over the past couple of weeks. It was March, the time we start to dream of spring and look for the first color to return to the drab gray and brown winter countryside.

  • ‘When I was a stranger, you took me in’

    Bobby Fields was sweeping the floor at the Community Inn, a Lexington homeless shelter, when Professor Matt Branstetter and his students from St. Catharine College walked in on him.

    Fields leaned on his broom as he took a moment to talk to them and tell them how he had become homeless after becoming addicted to cocaine and losing his job.

    “I didn’t want to be a burden on anybody. That’s just the way I am,” he said. “I work for my bed, but it’s better than where I was.”

  • PEOPLE & PLACES: A summer of finding their voices

    Looking back at summer 2014, one group of Bardstown City Schools students said it was an experience that was life changing.

    The group, which included students from Bardstown High School and Bardstown Middle School, traveled to North Carolina in August to attend Camp SAY, a summer camp for young people who stutter.

    Formerly known as Camp Our Time, Camp SAY teaches students how to control their stuttering with breathing exercises. The two-week camp also helps the students develop confidence to speak in front of others.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Vintage vogue

    In an age where Photoshop has become a controversy in the fashion world, Elsie Matteson recounts her start as a fashion illustrator in the 1950s when advertisements for the latest trends were drawn by hand.

    Matteson, a 10-year resident of Bardstown, knew at a young age she wanted to go into fashion.

    “As a young teenager, I was always interested in drawing and wanted to be an artist,” she said. “I also was interested in sewing, because my mother was a seamstress,” so the idea of being a fashion illustrator fit nicely.

  • A life dedicated to Christ
  • Doughnut truck overturns on Bellwood Road
  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Field of Terror

    Creeping through layers of cornstalks, the faces of local high school students disappear behind masks, makeup and costumes for the FFA Field of Terror.

    The Field of Terror is an annual fundraiser put on by both Nelson County and Thomas Nelson High School FFA chapters.

    The event is in its eighth year as a whole, but this is the third year it has been held behind Thomas Nelson — it was previously located at Wickland.

  • Missionaries to the nation of Knox and Livingstone

    In front of St. Giles’ Cathedral in Edinburgh, where John Knox led the Scottish Reformation, is a statue, not of Knox, but of the skeptic David Hume, leader of the Scottish Enlightenment.

    Knox’s grave is hidden nearby.

    “They’ve paved over it. It says Parking Lot 23, and there’s a little plaque there that mentions where he is buried under the pavement,” said Franke Haydon of Bardstown.