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  • Kraeszig sworn in as new chief of Bardstown Police

    Bardstown’s new police chief, Kimberly Kraeszig, made a promise Tuesday, that she would restore faith in the leadership of the Police Department.

    “I’m going to respect each and every one of you and work on building that trust that has been lost in the eyes of some of our community members … and build those bridges” between the police and the people, she said.

    She spoke of an “unyielding desire” to make the police force better and the city safer.

  • All-Star Sampler gets visitors in the Bourbon Festival mood

    While not technically the opening event, Wednesday night’s Kentucky Bourbon All-Star Sampler tends to be the first major event that really gets visitors in that Kentucky Bourbon Festival mood.

    St. Louis native Bud Waters is a big fan of bourbon and was making his first trip to KBF, joining friends from Bullitt County who had been telling him about the festival for years, imploring him to visit.

  • Kraeszig sworn in as new chief of Bardstown Police

    Bardstown’s new police chief, Kimberly Kraeszig, made a promise Tuesday, that she would restore faith in the leadership of the Police Department.

    “I’m going to respect each and every one of you and work on building that trust that has been lost in the eyes of some of our community members … and build those bridges” between the police and the people, she said.

    She spoke of an “unyielding desire” to make the police force better and the city safer.

  • Bourbon Compass celebrates the addition of five new distilleries

    Bourbon is growing rapidly, and that was evident Wednesday when five distilleries were added to the Bourbon Compass in front of the Welcome Center during a ceremony celebrating the new additions.

    Two of them are in Bardstown — Preservation Distillery near New Haven Road and the Bluegrass Parkway, and Lux Row Distillers on John Rowan Boulevard. The others are Rabbit Hole Distillers in Louisville, Jeptha Creed Distillery in Shelbyville and Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort.

  • Three inducted into Bourbon Hall of Fame

    Memories ranged from merry to melancholy at the 2017 induction ceremony for The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Wednesday at My Old Kentucky Home.

    The new members were the late Harry Shapira, executive vice president of Heaven Hill; Jerry Summers, director of community relations for Beam Suntory and Chris Morris, vice president and master distiller of Brown-Forman.

    Bill Samuels Jr., chairman emeritus of Maker’s Mark Distillery, was also bestowed the lifetime achievement award.

  • PHOTOS: 'Speakeasy Bourbon Style'

    Bardstown for the Arts/The Gallery and Heaven Hill presented "Speakeasy Bourbon Style," an original play by Toni Wiley Wednesday and Thursday at the art gallery on Court Square.  Wiley was announced last year as the gallery's playwright in residence.

  • Guest recognized, awarded at Bourbon, Patriots and Veterans

    Retired Command Sgt. Maj. Jim Guest was recognized Tuesday at the Bourbon, Patriots and Veterans event for his years of service to the country and to the American Legion, and was presented the President’s Volunteer Service Award and the Presidential Lifetime Achievement Award. He is a veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam.

  • Jail logs, Sept. 12-14, 2017

    Angel Sue Hedges, 45, non-payment of fines.

    Shawn Allen Johnson, 25, receiving stolen property under $10,000, tampering with physical evidence, theft by unlawful taking or disposition.

    Collin Dale Hilbert, 21, three counts of non-payment of fines (2017 Jefferson, Spencer and Nelson).

    Michael C. Sheakley, 29, contempt of court, non-payment of fines (both 2017).

    Joseph Micheal Payne, 33, first-degree rape-incapable of consent/physically helpless (2017).

    Brittany M. Woolett, 19, contempt of court.

  • City pension increase to be costly for Bardstown

    Bardstown Mayor Dick Heaton received a 32-page letter this week from the state budget director informing him that city contributions to its employees’ retirement is going to go up more than anyone anticipated.

    Because of a lower-than-expected return on the rate of investment and slower growth in employment than was estimated earlier in the year, local contributions to hazardous-duty retirement is going up about 61 percent and non-hazardous is increasing about 50 percent for the 2019 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

  • Copeland recused from closed meeting on settlement

    Councilwoman Kecia Copeland walked out with two lawyers during a two-and-a-half-hour closed-door meeting of the Bardstown City Council Tuesday and remained in the lobby with them until officials reopened the session.

    One of the attorneys, Keith Sparks, would not say whether or not Copeland is suing the city.

    “I cannot confirm or deny anything,” he said.