People and Places

  • 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.

  • Fans flock to Forecastle 2016

    Since its start in Tyler Park in 2002, the Forecastle Festival in Louisville has grown to be one of the top spots on the national summer concert festival calendar.

    This year’s installment featured a roots-rocky blend of headliners in the way of The Avett Brothers, Alabama Shakes and Ryan Adams.

    Tens of thousands of people braved the heat and humidity for three days at Waterfront Park in Louisville, and the hearty were treated to a wide variety of music across four stages.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Where the Spirit leads

    In the story of Jonah, God tells his servant to go to Nineveh, but Jonah refuses and sails for Tarshish. There’s a storm, Jonah is thrown overboard, is swallowed by a fish and ends up in Nineveh.

    Father Karl Lusk’s story is kind of like that.

    The 70-year-old priest believes he was called to his vocation at a young age, but he pursued many paths before ending up where he was supposed to be.

    He grew up in the railroad town of Paris, where his father was a funeral home director and his family belonged to the Episcopal church.

  • Jerry Livers a man of many gifts

    Mary Ellen Marquess, a former mayor of Fairfield, called Jerry Livers a shy and quiet man, but talented.

    “It just seems like he just can play most anything,” she said.

    Livers, 64, plays the organ at Second Baptist Church in Fairfield; an instrument he has been playing for about 43 years.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Cobweb Corner

    When Shirley Marshall’s husband passed away in 2010, she was left with heartache and an overwhelming collection of items the two had obtained during their 54 years of marriage.

    “When you don’t move for 31 years, you accumulate a lot of stuff,” Marshall said. But when she was on her own, she decided she didn’t need nor want all of those material possessions. She wanted to downsize.