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People and Places

  • Hope for Haiti

    It was as if it was meant to be.
    That was how Rebecca Mudd described the events leading up to her first trip to Haiti last year.
    “I had some personal issues,” Mudd, a fourth grade teacher at Bardstown Elementary, said during her planning period Thursday. “I prayed about it. But I wasn’t seeing the light at the end of the tunnel.”
    She was compelled to watch a video of a priest giving a sermon about “death-defying missions.”

  • Bourbon, good music and great times at the 2013 Kentucky Bourbon Festival

    The 2013 Bourbon Festival wraps up today after a week full of bourbon-related events.

    Many events sold out early this year despite selling 10 percent more tickets than in the past, as people came from all over to take part in the festival.

    Good times were almost as easy to come by among festival-goers as the bourbon that brought them here.

    It was a week of friendly competition, good music and bourbon.

    The festival started off with the Balloon Glow at the Nelson County Fairgrounds featuring an array of brightly colored hot-air balloons.

  • PEOPLE and PLACES: Losing a local legend

    There’s a story Haydon Spalding tells that was told to him by his father, Ben, who heard it from his father, T.A., about Haydon’s great-grandfather, W.T. Spalding, the founder of the family business, Spalding & Sons.

    During the Civil War, some Union soldiers rode their horses into the store and demanded goods.

    “They wanted blankets and silks for women — things like that,” Haydon said.

  • Life with Huntington’s disease

    Donna Mattingly first noticed something was wrong with her son, Corey, when he couldn’t pay attention in school and was clumsy with his movements.

    “When Corey first started showing signs, I knew what it was,” Mattingly said. “I didn’t want him to know. When he died, he didn’t know what he had. If he knew, what reason does he have to live?”

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Community icon

    PLG TV news anchor Tom Isaac remembers being miffed when a school superintendent years ago jokingly told him what he did was “cat-in-the-tree journalism.”

    “At first, I was a little offended by that, and then I thought, ‘She’s exactly right,’” he said.

    Isaac later discovered how right she was when someone from the Humane Society called the Bardstown Fire Department about … a cat in a tree.

  • St. Catherine’s doors restored

    The stately beauty of the great oaken doors was there all along, but it was buried beneath layers of  paint and needed the caring hands of a master craftsman to bring it out again.

    The Rev. Troy Overton knew just the man.

    Harold Bowling, who will be 77 in August, was baptized at St. Catherine Catholic Church in New Haven as a child and had been a parishioner there most of his life.

  • PEOPLE & PLACES: A passion for education

    For Margie Bradford, it’s easy to pinpoint when her passion for education began.

    “I suppose I got interested because my six children started school,” Bradford said as she sat at her kitchen table in her Bardstown home.

    On a nearby window sill, several photos of her grandchildren are displayed. On one end of the kitchen table several photos of her children and grandchildren scroll on a digital photo frame screen.

    As she talks about her career, it’s apparent that she’s still has a passion for education.

  • Going Home

    There’s no place like home,
         there’s no place like home,
                 there’s no place like home…
    The whispered mantra of Dorothy in the “Wizard of Oz” came back to me as I recently revisited a place I never thought I would see as my home — Southern California.

  • PEOPLE & PLACES: On the job, on permanent vacation

    You’ve probably heard him trotting around town, or even waved to him in passing. His unique trade sets him apart from all other shops in downtown Bardstown and brings the historical feel of the town to life. Everett “Jonesy” Jones’ job never gets boring, he says.

    Jonesy, who runs the Around The Town Carriage service, does more than drive visitors around in circles all day.

    He is a walking history book who has traveled all around and outside of Kentucky appearing at a wide array of events.

  • People and Places: Touching History

    For Josh Brands and Mary Ellen Moore, history is a hands-on experience.

    The duo spend their days handling Nelson County history in the basement of the county clerk’s office, where they are indexing and restoring thousands of documents.

    Moore is a historian and Brands a trained archivist. Between his love of old paper and her passion for piecing together the stories behind them, the two are putting the pieces together of Nelson County’s history like a jigsaw puzzle.