Community Events

  • Christmas Tour of Homes caters to interests from history to home decor

    There is a lot of history displayed inside Kathy and Bill Gibbens’ Bardstown home. Considered a “blast from the past,” the house is furnished with antiques, collectibles and mid-century items likely to turn heads.

    The couple has been collecting items most of their lives, and the home features several items from drugstores and old shops.

  • Christmas comes to Nelson County

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Nelson County.

    Two days after Thanksgiving, Sheila Mosack of Alexandria, Va., was home for the holidays and enjoying the Shop Small sales Saturday afternoon in Bardstown with friends and family.

    “I love the quaintness of Bardstown and the unique items I find, the friendly atmosphere and the wonderful service I get at places like Shaq & Coco. They always seem to know me, and they remember that I come to see them when I’m in town,” she said.


    Nelson County softball fundraiser
    Nelson County Softball is sponsoring a chili meal fundraiser 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 3, in the Nelson County High School cafeteria. Cost is $6 for the meal, which includes a bowl of chili, half a sandwich (either peanut butter or pimento cheese) a drink and a dessert. A silent auction for gift baskets will end at 4:30 p.m. You must be present to win. Santa will be there, so bring the kids.

    Mrs. Julia’s Victorian Tea

  • Standing with the Ballards

    A crowd of people — some acquaintances of the Ballards, others strangers — lined the roadside along U.S. 31E Friday, holding hands or hoisting green-and-white signs showing their support for a family that had lost another loved one in a tragic way.

    As Tommy Ballard’s funeral procession made its way from the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral down Cathedral Manor and New Haven Road to his final resting place at St. Thomas Cemetery, supporters showed their respect by taking part in a quiet vigil.

  • Setting the stage

    It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Bardstown with city and county public works employees and volunteers as busy as Santa’s elves.

    Lisanna Byrd, director of the Bardstown Main Street Program, said they work with city and county officials well in advance to schedule the Light Up Bardstown event and get the work done.

    “Without their support, I don’t know what we would do in terms of getting up the décor,” she said of city and county workers.

  • PHOTO: Donation from Jason Ellis Poker Run made to FOP

    Matt Schrader with Joe Hill’s presents a check for $1,000 to Nelson County Deputy Sheriff Ramon Pineiroa on Thursday. The money was raised through the fourth annual Jason Ellis Poker Run and will be used by the Old Kentucky Home FOP Lodge 43 to assist the Ellis family. During its four years, Schrader said the event has raised about $50,000. “The support from the community means a lot not only to our local law enforcement, but also Jason’s family,” Pineiroa said.


    First Baptist renovation and dedication service

  • County celebrates Veterans Day


    Eugene Taylor has seen more than 80 summers, but there is one summer that is especially vivid in his memory — that of 1944.

    Taylor was in Gen. George Patton’s Army, was part of the Normandy Invasion, and served for three years in Europe fighting tyranny and the threat to his own country.

    He was one of the fortunate ones who lived to tell about it.

    “It was a bad time, but these are good times now,” he said. “I was in five major battles. I’m lucky to be home.”

  • Out of the ashes

    Bardstown United Methodist Church is the place Jane Jury took her bottle as an infant. It’s a place where she would attend and later teach Sunday School, would be married in, and would serve as secretary for 30 years. It’s also the same place where, years later, she remains a member of the congregation.

    “It’s just always been a part of my life,” Jury said in an interview with local historian Dixie Hibbs.

  • Edelen rallies Democrats for DeWeese

    Gov. Matt Bevin’s vision is not a new Kentucky, but “a very old Mississippi,” Adam Edelen, co-founder of the New Kentucky Project, told a roomful of Democrats Friday at American Legion Post 121.

    “What hangs in the balance,” said the former state auditor, is whether workers have the right of collective bargaining and make enough money to support their families, whether children have health insurance and whether public education dollars are only for kids in public schools.