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People and Places

  • ‘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.

  • 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.

  • Master distiller celebrates Jim Beam’s 150th birthday

    It’s Bourbon National Heritage Month and the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival is being held in Bardstown, but right down the road in Bullitt County, Jim Beam Distillery celebrated Jim Beam’s 150th birthday Thursday, Sept. 18 at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse.

    In recognition of the legendary bourbon distiller, seventh-generation Master Distiller Fred Noe and his son, Freddie Noe, commemorated this milestone birthday party with the unveiling of a life-size bronze statue of Jim Beam.

  • My Old Ky. Home Tour brings cyclists to Bardstown

    Until a few months ago, Marty Osbourn of Bardstown hadn’t ridden a bicycle since she was a child. Now she’s a cycling enthusiast.

    Her boyfriend, George O’Daniel, takes some of the credit for that.

    “It’s something we do together,” Osbourn said. “We’ve done a few 20-mile rides.”

    They hadn’t done anything like Saturday’s ride before.