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People and Places

  • Nestled In: Bloomfield clothing store nearby and convenient for residents

    When one thinks of local women’s clothing shops, many may refer to one of the numerous boutiques that are dotted throughout Bardstown’s downtown. But Bloomfield is another Nelson County community that has its own locally owned clothing store.

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  • PEOPLE & PLACES: Diner is community ‘hot spot’

    The Keepsakes Country Diner and Store has only been open for about a year, but during that time, Naomi Plummer Lunsford has created a hub for folks in a small community. 

    “Never in my wildest dreams had I thought I’d say, ‘I’m going to Chaplin to eat supper,” Lunsford said, “But, it’s taken off from day one, 100 mph.” 

  • People & Places: Bloomfield Mementos

    Bloomfield, a small town of about 1,000 people, has had a history since it became incorporated in 1819. Fixtures such as Duncan’s Grocery, Delphia’s Beauty Shop, Bloomfield High School, and the Bloomfield Tobacco Festival have come and gone but still remain in the hearts, minds and photos of Bloomfield residents.

    Marylou “Myrt” Muir Crume, who frequently shares information about Bloomfield with others, said she has been called the town’s historian, but that title doesn’t fit her.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Threads of Hope

    Greg Oliver has never been to Nicaragua and has no desire to go there, yet his life is sewn together with the lives of women there he’s never met.

    He hasn’t darkened the door of a church since a preacher raised his ire by insisting he give more than he was willing, but he gives generously of his time and resources to a Louisville church mission.

    Though he works seven days a week in heavy industry, he’s in his workshop every morning doing what his friends call ministry.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Teachings of Tashi Kyil

    St. Catharine College was exposed to a culture of peace and compassion recently, when seven Tibetan Buddhist monks passed through the area during their third tour of the United States.

    The monks, who come from the Labrang Tashi Kyil Monastery in Dehradun, India, met with students, faculty and community members during a weeklong stay at the college to offer various demonstrations in chanting, talks of Buddhism, and sharing of skills.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Welcoming the stranger

    It started with a random act of kindness.

    Thirty years ago, Father Charles Strobel, pastor of Holy Name Catholic Church in Nashville, was involved with a soup kitchen frequented by homeless men who lived along the Cumberland River. When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers bulldozed their camp of tarpaper shacks, they went to “the place of least resistance,” which was his church’s parking lot.

  • ‘Running Man’ a local fixture, even if folks don’t actually know his real name

    Cecil Ellis is a man of many talents and interests. He sings in a country band, played basketball in high school and college and collects T-shirts and shoes.

    But what most people might know about him is his running.

    Ellis, known as “The Running Man,” can be seen running along Ky. 245 usually from April to December. He occasionally makes his way out to Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest to run as well.

    Ellis has run in 3K, 5K, 10K, mini-marathon and marathon races across the nation.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Reining Champion

    Since she was 5 years old, Emma Filiatreau has been learning about responsibility, hard work and sacrifice. 

    The St. Joe fifth-grader has been riding horses most of her life, starting out on trails with her grandfather Chris Ballard. Over the past few years, that passion has turned into a competitive skill, and Emma has won several competitions through the National Horse Reining Association. 

  • 'The Huntress': Bardstown woman followed the money to convict war criminals

    As a Kentucky girl who loved horses and books, Suzanne Hayden could not have imagined at a young age the radical changes in direction her life and career would take.

    She was an English teacher until she divorced her husband and followed her father into the oil business in Oklahoma. Then Hayden went to law school to be an oil and gas lawyer. But at the end of her first class, though, she suddenly understood she was meant for something else.