• Robotics teams exposing more students to sought-after skills

    By Carter Dyson

    Using robots they designed, built and programmed, more than 200 Kentucky students will compete in the VEX IQ Challenge on Saturday at the Hardin County Schools Early College and Career Center (EC3).

    There’s no doubt this upcoming regional event — with more than 50 teams from the Lincoln Trail region and other areas of the commonwealth — and the growing number of schools that are developing new robotics teams present unique opportunities for individual students.

  • St. Catharine assets, equipment auctioned off

    In room 152, the name “Brandi” is painted above a bed frame, and the room seems to be waiting for a new occupant. But outside the door hangs a small slip of paper with the number 1250. The bed, the desk and the rest of the items in the room have an opening bid of $30.

    A two-day auction that began online this morning means assets of the once populated St. Catharine College will be finding new homes and new uses.

  • HRB seeking approval from Frankfort to add murals downtown

    A new mural at a Bardstown business has the Historical Review Board excited about promoting the city through art, but it must also meet national preservation standards.

    “Anything we change has to be approved,” said RaShae Jennings, the city’s historic preservation program coordinator, adding that the standards are set through the federal government.

  • City to hear appeal of FiveStar’s denial

    The Bardstown City Council will have to decide on Newcomb Oil’s plans to demolish the FiveStar at 122 E. Stephen Foster Ave. without knowing what the larger store it plans to build there will look like.

    The council has scheduled a public hearing Tuesday night on the company’s appeal of a decision by the Historic Review Board to deny the application.

    The 6 p.m. hearing will be in the City Council chambers next to the Parks and Recreation building.

  • RooClick bringing Silicon Valley flavor to Bourbon Capital

    Bardstown is a long way from Silicon Valley, but a local company is working on a technology it says could revolutionize the way people view, and interact, with online video.

    “A CEO of a major corporation told us ‘I never would have expected to hear this come out of Kentucky and Bardstown in particular,’ ” said Chief Technology Officer John Selvage. “He said, ‘This is definitely some Silicon Valley stuff.’ ”

  • Strand named division manager for Heaven Hill


    Heaven Hill Brands announces Randy Strand has been named North Central Division Manager. In this role, Strand will manage region and area managers, as well as wholesaler execution of business strategies for Indiana, Illinois, Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Wisconsin.

    He will report to Steve Feller, vice president, North American sales.

  • First Bankers Trust Company appoints Tobe as vice president and investment adviser

    First Bankers Trust Company, a division of Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. of Bardstown, recently announced the hiring of Chris Tobe as vice president and investment adviser. Tobe, CFA, CAIA, has over 25 years’ experience in investments, including 10 years as a bank trust investment officer. He was hired in 1987 as a junior portfolio manager at Liberty National Bank in Louisville and later worked in southern Indiana as the sole investment manager for a $200 million trust department for another five years.

  • Chamber welcomes Bourbon Trail Motors
  • Neighbors concerned about distillery’s planned expansion

    A new craft distillery in Bardstown is looking to up its production before business has really even begun, but that objective could mean a zoning change that has been met with backlash from the community.

    “There are areas of town where these types of businesses absolutely make sense,” said Allison Boone Porteus, who attended a public hearing Tuesday held by the Joint City-County Planning Commission. “We just don’t think that this is the right location for an I-2.”

  • Rolling out the swag: Merchants excited for Small Business Saturday

    With bags, buttons and welcome mats, several area merchants are promoting Small Business Saturday this weekend as a time to shop local and support the community.

    Bardstown has promoted shopping events the Saturday after Thanksgiving for years, making it a neighborhood champion through American Express, which launched Small Business Saturday in 2010.

    Last year, American Express estimates about 95 million people shopped at a small business.