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  • >>ANNIVERSARY: Downses celebrate 60 years

    Bill and Wanda Downs will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Feb. 15, 2018. They were married at the St. Joseph Catholic Church. Their attendants were his brother, Johnny Downs, as the best man and her sister-in-law, Norma Lee Culver, as the maid of honor.

    They are the parents of one daughter, Crystal Downs of Stockton, Calif.

    Bill retired in 1998 from Salt River RECC as the senior lineman of hot work. Wanda retired the same year from the Owens-Illinois plant site.

  • 40 years ago in The Standard (February 1978)


    Feb. 10

    Energy crisis: Voluntary cutbacks in electricity requested to keep plants operating

    The main focus at the regular monthly meeting of Bardstown City Council dealt with the current energy crisis.

    City Engineer Larry Hamilton said the coal supply of Kentucky Utilities Company, which supplies the City of Bardstown, had reached the critical stage and the utility company was alerting customers to conserve all current possible.

  • Democratic Woman’s Club installs new officers for 2018

    The Nelson County Democratic Woman’s Club installed new officers for 2018 on Jan. 8 at the Bardstown Country Club at Maywood, with Nelson County Circuit Court Clerk Diane Thompson delivering the oath of office. Officers are: Martha Nest, president; Lyda Moore, vice-president; Nelda Moore, secretary; and Pat Hart, treasurer.

    Police Chief Kim Kraeszig was the keynote speaker following dinner. Kraeszig shared her vision for the Bardstown Police Department’s future development and spoke about the opioid crisis locally.

  • GIRLS’ SOCCER: Banshees’ Nelson inks with Morehead

    Bethlehem’s emergence as the dominant team in the 5th Region has a lot to do with the player who’s at the center — center-midfield, to be exact — of it all.

    Four-year starter Haley Nelson signed her letter-of-intent Wednesday to continue her soccer career at Morehead State University, achieving a lifelong dream for the Banshees’ leader.

  • BOWLING: NC girls get to state QFs


    LOUISVILLE — Nelson County improved its standing from a year ago in the girls’ state team bowling championship Friday at Executive Strike and Spare.

    The Cardinals were seeded 14th in the 16-team field after qualifying, but advanced to the quarterfinals with an upset of third-seeded Fleming County in the opening match in the bracket round.

    They fell to eventual state runner-up Corbin in their second contest.

    Coach Chuck Hall and his squad were quite satisfied with their finish.

  • SWIMMING: Local schools strong at Friday’s regionals

    ELIZABETHTOWN — It was a happy and excited group of swimmers from Nelson County, Thomas Nelson and Bethlehem who made bus trips back to Bardstown after the first day of qualifying in the regional meet in Elizabethtown.

    All three schools sent several swimmers back for the second day of competition on Saturday after press time for this edition. The top eight in each event will medal, with the top two advancing on to the state meet.

    Bethlehem coach Fran Spaulding was extremely pleased with the performance of her four swimmers.

  • WRESTLING: Six locals advance to Saturday’s region semifinals

    OWENSBORO — Six of the seven local wrestlers seeded in the top four at the Region 2 championships at Owensboro High School made it through to Saturday’s semifinals, with four from Bardstown and two more from Nelson County needing wins to get into the finals.

    The top four placers at the regions advance to next week’s state championships at Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, with fifth-place finishers having a chance to draw in as alternates.

  • Nelson Circuit Court sentencings from Jan. 18, 2018

    The following people were sentenced recently in Nelson Circuit Court. All had previously entered a plea of guilty or had been found guilty during a criminal trial.



    Boys’ Basketball


    Green Co. 54, Bethlehem 52

    North Bullitt 79, Thomas Nelson 42



    Nelson Co. 69, Western Hills 55

    Caverna 92, Thomas Nelson 72



    John Hardin 93, Bardstown 65

    LaRue Co. 84, Nelson Co. 44

    Hart Co. 55, Thomas Nelson 45



    Fort Knox 85, Thomas Nelson 47


  • PREP HOOPS ROUNDUP: NC, B’town boys take it on the chin

    Local teams got a look Tuesday at the top two boys’ teams in the 5th Region standings, and things didn’t go so well, as Bardstown and Nelson County each suffered blowout losses.

    In John Hardin’s 93-65 home win over Bardstown, the Bulldogs forced 16 first-half turnovers and built a 15-point lead at the break, and the Tigers never recovered. The loss snapped a five-game Bardstown win streak in the series dating back to 2014.