• New books at the library: March 23, 2011


    Maeve Binchy — “Minding Frankie.”

    Chelsea Cain — “The Night Season.”

    Clive Cussler with Jack Du Brul — “The Jungle.”

    Linda Fairstein — “Silent Mercy.”

    Christine Feehan — “Dark Prince.”

    Jodi Picoult — “Sing You Home.”


    Meredith Baxter — “Untied: A Memoir of Family, Fame, and Floundering.”

  • Bethlehem counts 1,000 cranes in support of Japan

    Not quite a thousand paper origami cranes hang on strands of yellow yarn in the Bethlehem High School gym — but there are at least 100. The cranes commemorate the trials faced by the Japanese people since a 9.0 magnitude earthquake struck March 11, but they also serve as an urgent reminder to donate toward Japan’s recovery.

  • Popular children's author spends the day at OKH

    Old Kentucky Home Middle School students learned to write a poem without a pencil or pen Wednesday. They described the colors of music and the stories music tells. And they did it all with the help of one of today’s most popular children’s and young adult book authors, Sharon Draper.

    In a workshop with aspiring writers, Draper led a number of activities, including the visualization of a story with a focus on the character’s inner conflict. A story is more interesting when your character isn’t perfect, she told the students.

  • Budget troubles ahead for Bardstown schools

    The Bardstown School Board received a grim report Tuesday on how next year’s budget may be impacted by state funding and federal stimulus cutbacks.

    SEEK funding, which is allocated to districts throughout the state to fund transportation costs, special needs instruction and other programs, is expected to experience a shortfall of $28 million next year that may translate to an $80,000 shortfall in funds to the Bardstown Independent School District.

  • Grant to aid struggling Boston School students

    Boston School has received a three-year grant that will fund the creation of a Boston Learning Center to provide homework help and assistance for struggling students. The 21st Century Community Learning Center federal grant will provide $150,000 per year for the next three years, with the possibility of extending the grant two additional years.

  • Fair board scholarship applications available

    Applications for the Nelson County Fair Board’s William Cross and Cliff Burgess Memorial Scholarship are now available at any of the local high schools or at the Nelson County Extension Office.  The deadline to enter is April 15 and the scholarship is for any high school senior and any adult who is furthering his/her education in a trade school or college.  For more information, contact Melissa B. Filiatreau at 348-0862.

  • Reflecting American pride: Bluegrass Christian hosts Wulfe Bros. concert

    Bluegrass Christian Academy sang, danced and reflected on our American spirit, history and pride with the Wulfe Bros., a high-energy, professional vocal group from Louisville, recently in the sanctuary at Parkway Baptist Church. 

  • Local students make UK dean’s list

    A record number — 5,030 — of students were named to the University of Kentucky Dean’s List for the fall 2010 semester and were recognized for their outstanding academic performance. This is the first time UK’s Dean’s List has topped 5,000.

    To make a Dean’s List in one of the UK colleges, a student must earn a grade-point average of 3.6 or higher and must have earned 12 credits or more in that semester, excluding credits earned in pass-fail classes.  Some UK colleges require a 3.5 GPA to make the Dean’s List.

  • Bethlehem freshman in All-State Symphony Orchestra

    Bethlehem High School freshman Ellie Simms was selected as a member of the 2011 All-State Symphony Orchestra, which performed Feb. 12 at The Kentucky Center in Louisville.  Each academic year, hundreds of high school students audition in hopes of being a part of this prestigious group.

  • Allen named to St. Catharine president’s list

    Brittany M. Allen was named to the president’s list at St. Catharine College for the fall 2010 semester. You must achieve a grade-point average of 4.0 in order to receive this award.

    Allen is a 2010 graduate of Nelson County High School and is majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Scott and Pam Thomas, Cox’s Creek, and Steve and Janet Allen, Bardstown.