• Some Nelson County dairy farmers losing a way of life

    Last month there were seven dairy farmers in Nelson County.

    Soon there will be only three or four.

    After getting “the letter” from Dean Foods informing them the company would no longer be buying their milk, Terry Waldridge and his father, a dairy farmer for nearly 40 years, decided it was time to quit.

    Waldridge, 37, sorted out a third of his herd Friday morning to send to slaughter.

    “They’re going to be hamburger,” he said.

  • Bardstown welcomes Irish restaurant

    Guests won’t likely hear a fiddler or warm themselves by a peat fire when they walk in, but Rylon Sweeney’s Irish Restaurant & Pub may be as close to Éireann as they could expect to find in Bardstown.

    The restaurant at 885 Pennsylvania Ave. has been quietly testing palates this week with a limited menu and opened its bar. Tonight it will go all out with a midnight countdown to Paddy’s Day and live music.

  • Jim Beam fills 15 millionth barrel

    Jim Beam has again made history as it filled its 15 millionth barrel this week — the most barrels filled to date by a Kentucky distillery. The filling comes less than two years after the 14 millionth barrel was celebrated.

    “We talk about making history here at Jim Beam,” seventh-generation Master Distiller Fred Noe said. “This 15 millionth barrel is a hell of a milestone.”

  • Ribbon cut for Prime Time Performance
  • Chamber hosts ribbon cutting for Bounce House/Astro Jump
  • Rapid Response leads to new opportunities for laid off workers

    By Jackie Masterson

    When we think about the economic health of the Lincoln Trail region, it’s clear our eight-county area has a lot going for it.

    We’re seeing investments from both new companies and businesses already operating in our communities. Our entrepreneurial culture has led to many successful start-ups. Employers in a wide array of industries are now hiring. And thanks to attributes such as our logistics-friendly location and business-friendly climate, our economic forecast is just as bright.

  • Mayor talks of ‘silver lining’ in American Greetings announcement

    American Greetings’ announcement Tuesday that it would close its Bardstown plant cast a cloud over the community, but Mayor Dick Heaton says there’s a silver lining in that local demand for skilled workers is going to be strong in the year ahead.

    “Right now, it’s dark days for Bardstown and Nelson County, but I think that in the coming months, there will be a lot of people that are very grateful that we have this workforce available,” the mayor said during a City Council meeting Tuesday.

  • Bourbontown Tours offering personalized experience

    Bardstown’s bourbon industry is booming, and with more visitors anticipated with the arrival of new distilleries, two friends are looking to offer a personalized service they feel is greatly needed.

    Shannon Spalding and Ron Freeman have spent the last few weeks promoting Bourbontown Tours, an agency offering private and customizable tours for guests wanting to explore the Bourbon Trail and other offerings in the region.

    “This is kind of a bucket list thing for us,” Freeman said of starting the business.

  • American Greetings to close local plant in 2019

    (Updated at 4:06 p.m. to reflect statement from company.) 

    American Greetings informed its workers Tuesday morning that the plant will close early next year.

    The announcement came as a blow to more than 400 local workers, some of whom have worked there for 30 years or more.

    “It’s pretty devastating for Bardstown, especially the people who have worked there since almost Day 1,” said Kim Huston, executive director for the Nelson County Economic Development Agency.

  • Agreement reached with Local 1241

    The United Steelworkers Local 1241 and American Fuji Seal have reached a new four-year agreement after the contract expired on Oct. 1.

    Christopher Ormes with Local 1241 said they continued to work under the old agreement while negotiations were in progress until they ratified the current agreement.

    The agreement includes: