• Nelson County is dotted with grand homes and mansions once occupied by influential people — songwriters, distillers, even some governors. But the county’s history can also be traced to smaller properties, properties not on the National Register — or properties only recently added.

  • For most of the surgery on Mona Crouch’s abdomen, her surgeons turned their faces away.

    Indeed, Dr. Mickey Anderson and Dr. Betty Lew Arnold looked away from each other during the cutting. To guide their gloved hands, they studied two television screens.

    There, in living color, they could watch their long steel tools prod Crouch’s pulsing organs.

    For the last seven weeks, Anderson and Arnold have performed the first endoscopic cholestectomies at Flaget Memorial Hospital.

  • Jan. 28: Jake Shimabukuro  at the Bomhard Theater at 8 p.m. Forget thoughts of plastic seashells and bamboo umbrellas. WhenShima-bukuro plugs in his ukulele and his fingers start racing, something magical happens. From Bach to “Thriller” to his YouTube hit “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Shimabukuro plays with wild energy, touching depth and real feeling. A Hawaiian native, Shimabukuro has virtually redefined his instrument, now touring with the likes of Béla Fleck and Jimmy Buffett, even performing with Bette Midler in front of Queen Elizabeth.

  • Although Flaget Memorial Hospital here was not scheduled to open officially until Jan. 8, five babies were born at the hospital the night of January 7—twin boys and three girls.

    The first baby born in the new hospital was named Mary Flaget Cecil. The mother, Mrs. Betrand Cecil, New Haven, Route 1, was admitted to the hospital at 6:30 p.m. Sunday and the baby was delivered at 8:52 p.m. by Dr. Keith Crume.

    At the suggestion of Sister Bridgid, superintendent of the hospital, Mother Bertand of Nazareth is giving to the first patient, Cecil, free hospital care.

  • Darlese Pulliam, Cox’s Creek, took a photo of a bird on a snow-covered limb recently at her home.

  • (MS) — Take a drive through the average suburban neighborhood and you’re bound to see a good percentage of homes under construction. Whether it’s homeowners building from scratch or simply adding on, the home improvement boom has taken root in suburbs throughout the country.

  • The crowd was fixated on two L-shaped rods gripped in the woman’s hands just as they started to turn.

    “Cross the rods, Antoine,” Michael Wilhite asked again.

    The rods turned toward each other, but the woman’s hands weren’t moving. Whoever — or whatever — moved the rods was invisible to everyone present.

  • When Amelia and Daniel Early of Bardstown walked into Tatu in Louisville’s Jefferson Mall, their two-month-old daughter Austin Early in their arms, they were somewhere between a miracle and a tragedy, and in the mind to memorialize both. The couple wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate their son, Aaron Early, who died when Amelia was six months pregnant a year ago in October.

  • Through Jan. 1: Christmas in the Valley, Renfro Valley. The wonders of the season this year at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center include a Santa train, children’s choir and carolers. More than 10,000 twinkling lights await visitors with one of the largest light displays in Kentucky, through Jan. 1.  Visit www.renfrovalley.com, (800) 765-7464.

  • Bob Deegan/Night Skies

  • Codi Chladek decided this year she needed a change.  She decided to cut her hair and make a donation to Locks of Love.  Her mom, Danielle, took Codi to Salon Thirty-Five where Tonia Johnston made the cut and donation. Codi is happy with the cut as well as proud of the decision to donate her hair.

  • The Bardstown High School cafeteria will be quieter than usual Dec. 1 — there will be less singing, fewer jokes. Perhaps Darleene Wimsett’s replacement will be as musical as she is, but by all accounts, Wimsett, who retires Nov. 30 after 37 years at the BHS cafeteria, is irreplaceable.

    “She sings gospel to me every morning if she gets a chance,” said Prudence Rogers, who has worked in the cafeteria almost 11 years.

    If it’s your birthday, said food service worker Patty Centers, Wimsett will sing to you all day.

  • Nov. 29: The Rev. Daniel Corrie Shull, pastor of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, will speak at Campbellsville University’s FIRST CLASS chapel service each Monday through November.

    He will speak at 10 a.m.  Nov. 29 in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

    The FIRST CLASS program at CU provides weekly worship services and small- group mentoring groups for freshman students with focus on facilitating character development, servant leadership and stewardship.

  • 60 YEARS AGO




    Arco Theatre safe looted


    A break-in at the Arco Theatre here Sunday night netted a sizeable amount of cash for the thieves, who “fished” the money in a sack out the top of the theater vault.

  • Do you have a special Christmas tradition that takes place at your house each year?

    Or maybe you make a special dish that makes your holiday dinners complete?

    Whatever makes your Christmas unlike any others, we want to know. In December, The Kentucky Standard will print a Christmas special section and we want to include our readers in it.

    Send us your favorite Christmas recipes and traditions and we’ll share them with our readers.

  • Fiction
    V.C. Andrews — “Playing the Game.”

    John Grisham — “The Confession.”

    Lisa Kleypas — “Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor.”

    Anne Perry — “Christmas Odyssey.”



    Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe — “Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure.”

    Michael Caine — “The Elephant to Hollywood.”

  • Flora Jean Hall, Bloomfield was crowned the first Nelson County High School Homecoming queen by “Mr. Pep,” Dickie Cambron, Student Council reporter, during halftime of the Nelson County/Meade County football game Friday night Oct. 30. The queen and her escort, Harold Coulter, reigned during the remaining evenings festivities. Miss Hall, a senior is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hall. Other candidates for queen were Nancy Adam, Lois Newton, Gayle Pardue, Donna Reynolds, Betty Rogers, Susan Muir, Sharon Allgeier and Wanda O’Bryan.

  • Charles Lydian Sr. and Elihu Motley did something in the 1940s that today seems unfathomable. They fought for a country that did not consider them equal to whites.

    They couldn’t even vote. Yet Lydian and Motley, both of Bardstown, answered the call for service during World War II. And despite the indignities they suffered at home and abroad, they would do it again if they were able and it was necessary.

    Not that being in the path of bombs and bullets was pleasant.