• Brighter Holiday Sales

    Business owners in downtown Bardstown reported steady sales this holiday season, but some business owners said sales had increased from last year.

    Store owners believed the number of Nelson County residents who shopped locally increased this year and several business owners said the completed downtown Streetscape project might have been part of the reason.

  • Retiring Heaven Hill employee receives resolution from Kentucky governor

    David Hobbs, vice president of Heaven Hill Distillery, retired this year after 41 years at the distillery, which is about half the lifespan of the company. Hobbs started working at Heaven Hill Distillery in 1970 as a supervisor at the company’s bottling plant.

    His four decades of work even earned him recognition by the governor.

    Governor Steve Beshear issued an honorary resolution to Hobbs, citing his accomplishments during his 41 years at Heaven Hill Distillery.

    In his resolution, Governor Beshear declared:

  • Newcomb Oil Company presents BP Fueling Communities Grant Donation to the United Way of Nelson County

    Newcomb Oil Co., a BP Branded Marketer servicing BP stations throughout central and western Kentucky,  recently presented a BP Fueling Communities grant donation of $10,000 to the United Way of Nelson County to fund human and health programs serving the people who live or work in Nelson County – the building blocks for a good quality of life for all.  The BP Fueling Communities program provides grants to local organizations that are nominated by BP’s Branded Marketers to support the communities in which they do business

  • All I want for Christmas is... a gun?

    When most people think of buying a firearm, the last place they usually look is online.  But Patrick Hayden wants it to be the first place you look.

    Hayden, who owns Keene’s Depot, wants his Kentucky Gun Co. website to help customers make more informed decisions with reviews and demonstrations.

  • Restaurant, room tax revenues increase in October


    Revenue brought in by the county’s restaurant tax was much higher than expected and revenue collected from the room tax spiked in October, Dawn Ballard Przystal, vice president of tourism expansion and marketing for the Bardstown-Nelson County Tourist and Convention Commission, told the tourist board Tuesday.

  • Free wrapping for last minute shoppers

    This holiday season businesses in downtown Bardstown will help last minute shoppers take care of wrapping gifts during Downtown Holiday Wrap Up Weekend.

    “Some shops, not all, offer complimentary wrapping if you buy something in their store,” said Anne Ballard, Director of Bardstown Main Street.

    Downtown Holiday Wrap Up weekend is Dec. 16-17.

    The weekend event is part of “Shop Downtown This Holiday Season,” a campaign launched this month by Bardstown Main Street to get shoppers to help their community by shopping locally.

  • KFC franchise to close

    Nelson County’s only KFC franchise will close its doors for good when its lease ends later this month.

    The franchise, owned by John R. Neal (JRN Inc.), will close Dec. 18. But the owner plans to build a new KFC in Kentucky Home Square, behind Walgreens, across the street from Burger King, according to Lydia Ormes, restaurant general manager.

    “It had been on a 10-year lease and they had been leasing it month-to-month,” Ormes said. “They thought it was time to close and build a new store.”

  • Heaton wins national recognition for community service, industry accomplishments

    Dick Heaton, owner and vice president of Conway-Heaton Inc., a Chrysler, Dodge, Ford and Jeep dealership in Bardstown, was recently nominated for the 2012 TIME Dealer of the Year award.

    Heaton is one of a select group of dealers throughout the country who will be honored at the 95th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in Las Vegas on Feb. 4, 2012.

  • Photo: AVON RTC ribbon cutting
  • Trim Masters bought out by Toyota Boshoku

    Trim Masters Inc. was recently purchased by Toyota Boshoku, but operations will remain the same, according to Todd Sousa, senior manager at Toyota Boshoku America. The name will change to Toyota Boshoku Kentucky headquarters at Bardstown. Sousa added that no jobs will be lost and the company will continue to manufacture trims for Toyota models such as the Camry, Avalon and Venza.