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  • A sampling of things to check out around the state:

     

    Hands on History Workshop — Historic Plumbing and How to Deal With it

    If you have an old house, you probably have old plumbing. In this workshop at 1 p.m. Nov. 9, at the Brennan House Histric Home, 631 South 5th Street in Louisville, different types of plumbing and its maintenance will be discussed.

    Learn from master plumber Bruce Cohen of BC Plumbing and see some of the Brennan House’s original plumbing.

  • 10 YEARS AGO
    JULY 2003

    Bardstown Council passes occupational tax
    To take effect next month

    For the second time, some concerned citizens made their case against the occupational tax to Bardstown City Council.
    And, for the second time, after hearing opposing views, the Council Tuesday approved the occupational tax ordinance. Five councilmen voted in favor of the tax on its second reading. Council member Francis Lydian was the only opposing vote.

  • After a long hiatus of nearly 20 years, Bardstown’s re-introduction to the Touchstone Energy All A Classic was nothing short of an explosion.

    That year, the Tigers went on tournament championship run led by MVP Brian Calhoun that touched off a run of nine years that saw Bardstown make six appearances in the small-school state tournament, which started out as a Northern Kentucky-based invitation-only tournament, one which the Tigers won in 1987.

  • KATHERAN WASSON

    The State Journal

    Robyn Stuart spends much of her life on an assembly line.

    When she isn’t at her day job building cars at the Toyota plant in Georgetown, you might find her organizing family and friends to help package her homemade bourbon balls for a big event.

    And Stuart is about to attend a really big event.

    Stuart, owner of DB Bourbon Candy, will soon ship about 3,000 bourbon balls to Los Angeles, where she will hand them out to celebrities in a gifting lounge at the 85th annual Academy Awards.

  • A fishing trip to the St. John’s River near Silver Springs, Florida during the Christmas holidays resulted in a 15-1/2 pound largemouth bass for Nelson County assistant football coach Herbie Phelps. Phelps and a friend, Bobby Bessinger, pulled in 20 “keepers” that weighed a total 202 pounds. They kept the 10 biggest — including a 14-pounder caught by Bessinger — for mounting. Phelps’ trophy was caught on a 1-1/2 pound “minnow.”

  • Dixie Hibbs got an early birthday present Monday night.

    She was named the 1992 Citizen of the year.

    The announcement wasn’t planned to be one day before Hibbs’ 51st birthday — it just happened that way.

    And her honor came partially for her efforts in working on Kentucky’s 200th birthday last year. She served as the co-chairperson for the Nelson County Committee for the Kentucky bicentennial.

  • Each year, students from St. Joseph Elementary collect pennies for their sister parish in Haiti.

    The project, more than 18 years old, continues to exceed expectations and once again broke records when students raised 1,130,240 pennies during Advent.

    The money — more than $11,000 — will be used to feed students at St. Francis Xavier in Haiti.

  • FRANKFORT — The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet has some gift ideas for shoppers during this holiday season.

    They all have “Kentucky” themes because they all come from agencies within the cabinet.

    “Our agencies have some wonderful ideas ranging from state park gift cards to artwork and history,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow. “These gifts all say Kentucky and are a great way to celebrate the holidays.” 

    Here is a listing of agencies and gift ideas:

  • FRANKFORT — Just because the weather is turning cooler doesn’t mean it’s time to stay inside.
    For some, camping during the winter months is their adventure. The Kentucky State Parks have some campgrounds that remain open during the winter.
    Campers can make reservations for sites online by going to www.parks.ky.gov, although reservations are not required. Some campground services may be limited during winter months.
    The state parks with campgrounds open for winter include:

  • FRANKFORT — The Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet has some gift ideas for shoppers during this holiday season.
    They all have “Kentucky” themes because they all come from agencies within the cabinet.
    “Our agencies have some wonderful ideas ranging from state park gift cards to artwork and history,” said Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Marcheta Sparrow. “These gifts all say Kentucky and are a great way to celebrate the holidays.”
    Here is a listing of agencies and gift ideas:

  • Priceless paintings of the old masters, the gift of King Louis Philippe of France, stripped from their frames on the hallowed walls of historic St. Joseph Cathedral here in a bold raid last Wednesday night, are being sought by law enforcement officers.

    Local officers say they have clues as to the whereabouts of the culprits, but no arrests have been made and the paintings have not been found, contrary to a rumor.

  • Nelson Countians will have a chance to see Mark Twain in November. For free.

    Ned Johnson, a former New Haven and Bardstown resident now living in Florida, will bring his Twain show to the area courtesy of the Nelson County Public Library.

    Johnson, whom many will remember as the voice of sports on WBRT and WOKH radio for nearly a quarter century, has been performing as Twain since 1991.

  • PEGGY SMITH

    Association Executive

    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors

    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

     

  • Chili is one of those things that, when I want it, nothing else will satisfy.

    On Saturday, I spent an hour or so at the Jaycees annual chili cook-off on the lawn of Spalding Hall and sampled some of the best chili I’ve eaten all fall — Bourbon City Bistro’s, which won the contest, and Old Talbott Tavern’s. Both were excellent, and the small samples whetted my appetite for more.

  •  The 411-acre farm of Mr. and Mrs. O.J. Ballard, in the Manton section of Nelson County, sold at public auction Saturday for a total price of $87,800.

    Mack Holt, of the Cox’s Creek area, purchased the home tract of 326 acres and the 11-room Colonial residence, and tract No. 3, which consists of 47 acres, for $74,300.

    David Cassell, son-in-law of Hinkle Greenwell, Louisville, formerly of Bardstown, bought tract No. 2, consisting of 38 acres, for $13,500. It contains barns and outbuildings.

  • Peggy Smith

    Association Executive

    Old Ky Home  Board of Realtors

    okhrealtors@bardstown.com

     

    If any of you are a little squeamish about those little critters that find their way into homes across America, especially as the temperature goes down — read no further! I am about to give the greasy, nasty and creepy details of mice and rat infestation in homes everywhere — maybe YOURS!

  • It’s a rainy Friday morning in Nelson County, but that doesn’t keep customers away from the Bardstown Farmers Market Pavilion on East Flaget.

    The customers include regulars, out-of-town guests, even a busload of tourists, who come to buy green beans, bell peppers, painted gourds and jams.

    But there’s one item this time of year that is ubiquitous.

    Apples.

    The strawberries, peaches and other fruits are long gone, but for most varieties of apples, fall is time for harvesting and selling.