People and Places

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Butterflies and blossoms

    Vegetables, flowers and fairy gardens are just a few of the sights to see and projects you can be a part of with the Bloomfield Butterflies and Blossoms Garden Club.

    Established two years ago, the community service group is made up of about 18 adult men and women who enjoy gardening and learning about other gardens in the area.

    Each member does some type of gardening, from patios to entire back yards.

    They also built and maintain raised beds at Bloomfield City Hall and a garden at Bloomfield City Park.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Summer schooling

    While most preteens are staying at home or going to hang out with their friends during the summer, two-dozen students seized the opportunity to continue their education during their break.

    Last week, Bardstown Middle School served as host of the “Engineer This!” camp for rising fifth sixth, and seventh-graders interested in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: A promise kept

    After visiting the Philippines for the first time in 2010, Bardstown resident Pat Blanford was taken aback by the extreme poverty in which the kind and humble Filipino people lived.

    “It’s a beautiful country as a whole,” he said, but the citizens suffer with a corrupt government and a minimal middle class. “Either you’re filthy rich or filthy poor. And you’ll see it, even in the big cities.”

  • Voting ends tonight for Tough Crew finalists

    Charles Miles, a whiskey warehouse carpenter, and his team have been named finalists in the national Cintas and Carhartt Tough Crew Contest.

    Voting for the contest is open to the public until 11:59 p.m. on Friday. The winner of the contest will receive $2,500 in credit to outfit his or her crew. To vote for Charles and his crew, visit www.cintas.com/toughcrew

  • 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.