• Insurance exec installed as chair-elect of IIAK Board

    The Independent Insurance Agents of Kentucky — IIAK, the state’s leading insurance trade association, has elected Aaron LaRue as chairman-elect.
    His election took place at the association’s 121st annual convention and trade show on Nov. 9, 2016 at The Brown Hotel in Louisville.
    LaRue is vice president of LaRue-Carey Insurance Group in Bardstown.  He has served IIAK in a variety of capacities, including young agent chair in 2011, and currently serves as a member of the Education, Membership Services, and Public Relations committees.

  • Hamilton named employment and training specialist

    Kentucky Farmworker Programs has announced a Richard Hamilton as a new employment and training specialist. He will be serving Nelson, Washington and surrounding counties with services for eligible farmworkers.

    KFP is an employment and training program funded by the National Farmworker Jobs Program administered by the U.S. Department of Labor. 

    KFP’s services are offered to eligible farmworkers or their families who are seeking work, want to improve their work-related skills, or want greater financial stability that comes with a better job.

  • ‘Bourbon and beer’

    Willett Distillery and the Kentucky Guild of Brewers are collaborating on an experiment, which will recycle charred oak barrels for a special beer showcase to be released in Louisville this summer.

    A mix of bourbon and beer experts gathered Monday morning inside the Bardstown distillery’s newly finished visitors center to kick off the collaboration, which was attended by 25 craft brewers from around the state. The event allowed the brewers to pick up the used barrels, which will be recycled for the purpose of creating barrel-aged beer.

  • Travel Channel mentions Bardstown in holiday shopping segment

    An online segment for the Travel Channel lists Bardstown as one of “10 Romantic Small-Town Holiday Shopping Getaways.”

    The feature, set up as a slide show, urges shoppers to forgo the mall and check out towns on the list for their holiday shopping needs. In the section covering Bardstown, the city was painted as a “quaint town” with a “lavishly festooned Court Square.”

  • Captain D’s opens with big first day

    About 11:30 Wednesday morning, the Captain D’s Seafood Kitchen, which had opened an hour before, was encircled by cars, and the lobby was crowded.

    “It’s exceeded our expectations,” Shaun Hill, who owns the new restaurant with his sister, Kelly Boernsen, said of the first day. “We’ve had a least a few hundred, and it’s not even lunch yet.”

  • Ballard named vice president and chief lending officer

    Town & Country Bank and Trust Company recently announced the promotion of Emerson Ballard to vice president and chief lending officer. Emerson began with the bank 12 years ago and has played an integral role in exploring new commercial loan opportunities and cultivating banking relationships. He has been crucial to the growth and success of the bank and is consistently one of the top lenders within the organization.

  • Weiner hired as chief investment officer

    First Bankers Trust Company, a division of Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. of Bardstown, recently announced the hiring of Michael Wiener, CFA, as chief investment officer.

    He is an investment professional with more than 30 years of experience. Recently he served as chief investment officer for a nationally-known trust company. He led an investment team that improved the process and speed of asset allocation and mutual fund selection across multiple platforms. He also developed and co-managed dividend growth equity portfolios that attracted $50 million in new assets.

  • Shop local, shop small

    As businesses across the country will be crowded with eager patrons before Thanksgiving Day even comes to a close, the weekend start of holiday shopping is a great opportunity for local merchants to promote themselves.

    Businesses in Downtown Bardstown — and other parts of Nelson County — have spent at least the last week pulling out Christmas décor, perfecting holiday window displays and stocking sweaters, candles, ornaments and other cold-weather items to sell. While Friday sends attention to the big box stores, Saturday is all about shopping local.

  • PHOTO: Something Borrowed celebrates ribbon cutting

    The Bardstown-Nelson Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting for Something Borrowed. The business rents out tents, tables, chairs and more. Learn more at www.somethingborrowedky.com.

  • County to issue bonds for bourbon projects

    Nelson County will issue industrial revenue bonds for two bourbon distillery companies totaling nearly $87 million.

    The Fiscal Court, which had previously approved inducement resolutions committing to the projects, had the first reading Tuesday of the actual ordinances to issue the bonds for Heaven Hill Brands and Lux Row.

    The Heaven Hill project is for whiskey warehouses off Louisville Road (U.S. 31E) in Cox’s Creek. Those bonds are for up to $51,900.