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  • Soup’s on!

    Carlene Ritter was recommending two soups while she sampled another.

    “The creamed kale soup is so good!” she said.

    She also put in a good word for her husband’s chicken and wild rice.

    Ritter, of the Humphreys Homemakers Club, was one of the many women serving guests at the Nelson County Extension Homemakers’ Soup Day Friday.

    “There’s a lot of good people here,” she said. “I think people enjoy coming out and getting together. It’s a great thing.”

  • Jail logs, Oct. 19-20

    Laron Tonge, 28, contempt of court.

    David Shane Helm, 24, first-degree fleeing or evading police, operating a motor vehicle without a license, careless or reckless driving, drug paraphernalia, third-degree burglary, first-degree criminal mischief, second-degree arson, third-degree burglary, first-degree wanton endangerment, theft by unlawful taking or disposition/shoplifting.

  • COMMUNITY NOTES: Oct. 22, 2017

    The next public Anatok meeting is 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Old Courthouse.

    Trunk or Treat
    Mill Creek Baptist Church is having its annual Trunk or Treat on Tuesday, Oct. 31, 5-7:30 p.m. at the Nelson County Fairgrounds. There will be bounce houses, a Christian DJ, WBRT, fire departments, police and more.  For more information, call the church office at 502-348-5049.

    Fire depts. joint open house

  • Officials discuss solutions to the workforce shortage

    Good help is hard to find. But one solution is to build your own.

    State workforce and education officials came to Bardstown on Tuesday to implore business leaders looking for good help to become part of the solution.

    “I’m here to ask you to be on our team,” said state Sen. Jimmy Higdon. “The days of being able to find a kid who grew up on a farm and is a good worker are over.”

  • Ohio educators looking to learn lessons from Thomas Nelson

    A group of Ohio educators were in town last week looking to steal a few ideas from a local school.

    Three teachers and an assistant principal spent the day at Thomas Nelson High School to find some lessons they could bring back to Finneytown Secondary Campus, located in the northwest suburbs of Cincinnati.

    The school adopted a “house structure” this year, and teachers have been searching for a model that they can use. Thomas Nelson, at 150 miles from home, was the closest public high school they could find.

  • County, city leaders talk about teamwork

    City and county industrial parks are running out of land, remote housing developments make it costly to provide water and sewer, and the state pension crisis threatens to delay needed projects.

    On the other side of the ledger, city and county firefighters are working to improve mutual aid, the sheriff wants to work more closely with the city’s new police administration, and the E-911 dispatch system is improving.

  • Social media played key role in arrest of suspect

    Social media and participation of the public helped the Bardstown Police Department find and arrest a local man accused of causing havoc overnight and into Wednesday morning by damaging and stealing from people’s cars while they were sleeping or getting ready for work.

    Shane David Helm, 24, of Bardstown, was arrested after he was caught on security camera video entering an SUV and setting fire to it in the parking lot behind Court Row and adjacent to The Gallery and The Kentucky Standard.

  • Rotarians working to eradicate polio

    In 1916, America was in the midst of a polio epidemic that claimed the lives of thousands of people and left many others paralyzed, including a future president, Franklin D. Roosevelt. One hundred years later, there were fewer than 20 known cases in 2016, and this year the deadly disease is believed to be limited to a couple of countries — Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    Rotarians want to eradicate it altogether.

  • Jarett's Journey

    Kay Rogers holds her son’s hand, gently rubbing her fingers against his. He smiles. It’s a part of Jarett that hasn’t been lost. At 20 years old, Jarett Rogers’ life is much different than it was three years ago, before the cancer and before the brain damage. Though he has Down syndrome, he has always been a fairly independent person, but now he is bound to a wheelchair, unable to speak and dependent on others for care.

    “He’s been through it, bless his heart,” his mother said. “He’s been through the wringer.”

  • Arrest made in Wednesday vehicle theft and vandalism

    UPDATE: Nov. 1, 2017

    Shane David Helm was indicted Nov. 1. His bail was set at $50,000 cash only. He is scheduled for arraignment Nov. 16.

    Bardstown Police have arrested a local man for the theft of a van and vandalism of vehicles Wednesday.

    “I got him,” Detective Lynn Davis said late Thursday morning.

    Shane D. Helm, 24, of Bardstown, was being questioned at the police station around 11:30 Thursday morning.