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People and Places

  • Families discover the color of love is not all black and white

    If you had to indicate your ethnicity on a form or survey, which box would you check?

    For Lysa Drake, Bardstown, white, whose husband, Terry, is black, the answer for her children is black and white. And that’s what she told those at her daughter’s school when they told her she had to pick one or the other. The Drakes have three daughters, Aliyah, Cierra and Samantha, and a son, T.C., who are biracial. They are of African-American and Caucasian descent and that is how she wanted them classified.

  • 'App-y' Birthday

    “Welcome to the maternity ward,” said Linda Ellis, who owns Rockin E Stables with her husband, Jeep, where they specialize in breeding Appaloosas, prized for their varied coat designs.

    Right now it’s the busy time for the retired school principals. Four mares have given birth over the past month or so, and eight others are with foal and projected to deliver over the next few weeks, according to the charts.

    The newest arrival doesn’t even have a name yet. The 1/2-quarter horse and 1/2-Appaloosa cross just entered the world Wednesday.

  • Nelson "country"

    The Blue Grass Entertainment and Expo Center didn’t always go by the name it has now. Many Nelson County natives still refer to it as “Hillbilly Heaven,” but it hasn’t gone by that name for 12 years. The story goes a girl hosting her wedding there didn’t want to put “Hillbilly Heaven” on her invitations.

    “That’s why it was changed,” said Sandra Walls.

  • A 'Cut' Above the Rest

    When it rains it pours, and in 1980 when a strong high-wind storm blew out more than 200 residential windows in Nelson County, it brought forth a career for Frank Welch, owner of J.F. Welch Glass Inc., that has lasted more than 30 years. Working at Grigsby Company Inc., from 1973-83 is where he gained his glass cutting knowledge. He was the assistant manager with duties including customer service, mixing paint and hardware work, as well as repairing storm doors and windows, where he found his niche.

  • Spirit and color: Bardstown artist finds the perfect medium

    Daphne Seaman talks about color as if it is tangible. And for her, it is, thanks to a form of art she discovered in the early ’80s. Seaman specializes in polymer clay, which really isn’t clay at all, but polymer polyvinyl chloride. It’s called clay only because its consistency is similar.

  • Photos: Nelson County in detail
  • Senior moment

    Each school year, dozens of teams host their Senior Night, a time to honor those who have “put in their time,” so to speak, through countless hours of practice, games, matches and other activities that go along with being part of a team.

  • Manufacturer has Nelson County roots, worldwide reach

    Off KY 245 onto a street near Dean Watts Community Park in Bardstown, there is a large, flat yard filled with blockish steel containers of various sizes.

    On the outside, the 100 or so parked there look rather unassuming, but trying to get a peak inside would prove very difficult.

    That is because these containers, built with layers of steel and reinforced with timber, are made to securely hold large amounts of explosives and weapons.

  • Mystery on the rails

    The Kentucky Railway Museum in New Haven hosts a Murder Mystery Dinner Theatre every May through November. This year the Kentucky Railway Players put on a production of “The Case of the Malted Falcon,” a comical retelling of the film noir classic, “The Maltese Falcon” — except this time, the statue that’s missing is made out of chocolate ... and, coincidently, all of the suspects love chocolate.

  • Caving club blazes trail to Hidden River

    Kentucky’s karst geology and underground formations were not the only things on the “menu” recently for the caving club from Bloomfield Middle School.

    On a visit to Hidden River Cave, the group learned the value of listening skills, effective communication and teamwork during a three-hour excursion into “wild” portions of the cave that meanders deep under the streets of Horse Cave.