• Willett Distillery celebrates Irish roots, 80 years

    Falling in line with beverage traditions of St. Patrick’s Day, Willett Distillery in Bardstown welcomed guests to take part in a special, bourbon-related celebration Friday afternoon. But the event on such a holiday was no coincidence. The small, independent distillery proudly celebrates its Irish roots and history.

    Construction on the family-owned distillery began in the spring of 1936, but on St. Patrick’s Day the following year, the first barrels were placed into storage.

  • Survey: 7 in 10 U.S. workplaces hit by opioid abuse


    Prescription drug abuse has seeped into the American workplace, with 70 percent of businesses saying it affects their workers, a new survey reveals.

    The National Safety Council report found that while 71 percent of employers believe abuse of prescription painkillers is a disease that requires treatment, 65 percent consider it a justifiable reason to fire a worker.

  • Bostic to be first black president of a Federal Reserve regional bank


    New York Times News Service

    The Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta on Monday shattered a 104-year-old racial barrier by naming Raphael W. Bostic as its new president.

    Bostic, an economist and a former housing policy official in the Obama administration, will become the first African-American to lead any of the Fed’s 12 regional reserve banks, and just the fourth to serve on its policymaking committee, which raises and lowers interest rates.

  • Emily Newton joins Cutting Edge Salon
  • Transition back to tavern brings downtown building full circle

    Moses Black is back.

    In name, at least.

    Bardstown’s newest bar was once the “genteel home of Moses Black,” as it was referred to in an 1831 announcement, named after a tavern keeper and coppersmith in 19th century Bardstown. Since then it has been many things, including a tavern and stagecoach stop, a pool hall (twice), a sporting goods store and a bookstore.

    On Saturday, the building located on the east side of North Third starts its next chapter, with the opening of Moses Black Tavern.

  • Gaddie honored for software achievement
  • Flaget staff works to reduce early elective deliveries

    In 2008, the Flaget Memorial Hospital staff began a journey to decrease elective deliveries before 39 weeks gestation in an effort to improve perinatal care.

    The March of Dimes encourages baby deliveries to happen after 39 weeks, unless medically necessary, to decrease the infants’ risk of having complications. Statistics prove that infants born after 39 weeks have fewer complications than infants born before 39 weeks.

  • Lux Row installs still

    The installation of a 43-foot copper still Thursday represented one of the biggest gambles in Luxco’s half century of business.

    It’s betting bourbon will continue to boom.

    “It’s a huge investment, the biggest single investment in a capital project for our company,” said Donn Lux, chairman and CEO for the family-owned business. “We’re very bullish on (bourbon).”

  • McCoy bill would allow sale of vintage bourbon

    If you’ve got a bottle of Old Grand-Dad in your cupboard, it might be worth a good price to a tavern owner who could sell it to customers if a bill that passed the Kentucky House Monday becomes state law.

    However, that’s only if the Kentucky Senate follows the House in passing vintage liquor legislation sponsored by Bardstown Republican Chad McCoy and the governor signs it.

  • Poll: Many Americans unaware of ‘superbug’ threat


    HealthDay News

    Antibiotic-resistant “superbugs” are a major public health threat, but most Americans are clueless about the dangers, a new HealthDay/Harris Poll shows.

    More than two-thirds of U.S. adults know “little” or “nothing” about superbugs — bacterial infections that are resistant to many or all antibiotics. And around half believe, incorrectly, that antibiotics work against viruses.