• Hemp oil offered as remedy for whatever ails body, mind

    Rhonda Davis insists she is “no snake oil salesman.”

    What she sells is hemp oil, and she swears it works wonders.

    The Shepherdsville Avon lady opened her second Cannabis Phrog shop in Bardstown two weeks ago, and has seen a steady increase in business.

    The store at 700 B Bloomfield Road specializes in high-quality hemp products for hair and skin care, nutrition and medicinal use. Some of them she buys and retails, and others she produces herself.

  • Governor visits Heaven Hill for ceremonial bill signing

    Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin was in Bardstown Wednesday for the ceremonial signing of legislation expected to boost bourbon tourism, and to present Heaven Hill Brands a safety award for a million production hours without a lost-time incident.

    He was joined by Labor Cabinet Secretary Derrick Ramsey, state legislators, including Rep. Chad McCoy, R-Bardstown, sponsor of the bill, and spirits industry representatives at Heaven Hill’s Bourbon Heritage Center.

  • WORK MATTERS: Tourism’s economic impact, job opportunities growing in Lincoln Trail region

    Earlier this month, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet released its annual report Economic Impact of Kentucky’s Travel and Tourism Industry. Tourism has long been an important job creator in Kentucky, and as the report revealed, those opportunities are growing across the state. Tourism-generated jobs provided more than $3.2 billion in wages to Kentucky workers in 2016 — an increase of more than $156 million from 2015 wages.

  • Salt River members may go solar

    Salt River Electric’s co-op members will have an opportunity, starting this fall, to help save the environment and maybe, eventually, save a little green.

    Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives broke ground this month on a 60-acre solar farm in Clark County.

  • Heaven Hill’s Potter promoted to VP

    Heaven Hill’s master distiller has taken on more responsibility.

    Heaven Hill Brands has named Denny Potter vice president of operations. He will also remain master distiller.

    In addition to his current distilling responsibilities, Potter will be responsible for the strategic direction and leadership for all Heaven Hill production operations including the Bardstown bottling operations, Louisville’s Bernheim Distillery and Deep Eddy Vodka’s Austin, Texas distillery and production facility.

  • Economic success pinches resources

    Success can bring its own complications.

    That was one of the messages Kim Huston, president of the Nelson County Economic Development Agency, brought to the Bardstown Rotary meeting Wednesday.

    The Bardstown area has seen a run of economic development wins over the past couple of years, and Huston said she fields inquiries from businesses considering moving to the area on a constant basis.

  • PHOTO: Bullitt’s Winery & Bistro holds ribbon cutting

    The Bardstown Nelson Chamber of Commerce recently held a ribbon cutting for Bullitt’s Winery & Bistro. They make their own brand of wine as well as unique pizzas, pastas, sandwiches and salads. Being locally owned by father and son, Ron and Ross May, they strive to help their customers feel they are in the heart of Bardstown. Learn more at www.bullittswine.com. Open Monday-Sunday 11 a.m.-10 p.m.

  • The hunt for great food gets easier with Buy Local

    Kentucky Proud has unveiled Buy Local, a new program intended to encourage restaurants and other food service businesses to purchase locally produced food products, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced.

  • WORK MATTERS: Career services help new high school graduates start strong

    Across the Lincoln Trail region, thousands of high school seniors are counting down the days to graduation and the next exciting chapter of their lives.

    Whether that next chapter is a career or post-secondary education or training, the Kentucky Career Center – Lincoln Trail wants graduates to know about free services that can help them start strong.

  • Wine in Whiskey City

    A wine bar has opened in the capital of America’s bourbon culture.

    The idea is not as counterintuitive as it might seem, Ron May insists.

    May, who opened Bullitt’s Winery & Bistro on Bardstown’s main street last weekend with his son, manager and co-owner Ross May, said that even in storied Bardstown, which is steeped in the heritage of Kentucky’s signature distilled spirit, there is a stronger demand for wine.