People and Places

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Solid legacy

    Sometimes it’s the brought-ins who have the biggest influence.

    In the 30 years since Bill Christensen came here from Missouri, he’s created a legacy in his adopted hometown.

    When he was sent to Bardstown in 1983 to establish an Edward Jones investment services office, his was the fifth one in Kentucky. Now there are five in Bardstown alone.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Celebrating the season
  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: A mission of charity

    While on her first mission trip to Honduras for the Aloncho Aid relief organization, Amy Reavis awoke one night with a poem in her head.

  • Styles reflect diverse tastes of owners on Bardstown Christmas Tour of Homes

    At the entrance to Cecil and Brenda Stewart’s house at 185 Old Brown Lane, there’s a marker that tells of events in the year 1836, but when you reach the end, it says — and this house wasn’t built yet.

    “It’s kind of a spoof on the Texas historical plaques” seen on old houses where he grew up, Cecil said, grinning.

    The sprawling farmhouse, built of white Texas limestone, is a little Lone Star and a little Bluegrass. It’s also a blend of modern architecture and historical materials.

  • Little cabin on the hill

    If you drive south into Bloomfield on Ky. 55, one of the first houses you’ll see at the edge of town is a quaint little log cabin.

    Although it looks like it could have been the home of one of the city’s pioneers, it isn’t. Bettie Hauser, the current owner, said it was built in 1937, and Jane Cecil, a local historian, said she thinks it was part of a log house fad at the time. According to American Bungalow magazine, the craze was part of the arts and crafts architectural movement that began around 1900.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Off patrol after 21 years

    Bill Buckman has been called off-duty for the last time at the Bardstown Police Department.

    His last day on the jobafter 21 years with the department was Oct. 31. He is taking a month of vacation before officially starting retirement.

    Buckman started at the Bardstown Police Department in December 1992 when Joe Cameron was police chief. He took a large pay cut to leave his job at American Greetings to begin working as a police officer, but he said that’s what he wanted to do.

    Buckman has held several roles protecting the public.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Postseason in pictures

    I take a lot of photos — usually 150 or so per shoot/game.

    When you expand that out over the course of a season, it really adds up in a hurry, as I’m currently finding out as I rapidly fill the hard drive of my new laptop.

    It forces me to be a hard critic of myself. I hold myself to a pretty high standard as far as how this section looks to the readers from one issue to the next, and it all starts with quality photos. It’s always the first thing the reader’s eye is drawn to when they pick up a newspaper.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Pumpkins repurposed

    A slight smile lights Carol Elliott’s face as she watches Mary Ann Houck apply glue to tiny pieces of candy corn, to attach to her pumpkin.

    Beside her, Martha Petitt Celis blow-dries a coat of white paint on her pumpkin before decorating it.

    “It’s imagination at work,” Elliott said, describing what she was seeing.

    Elliott works in adult programs for the Nelson County Public Library in Bardstown.

  • People and Places: It's for the birds

    Dozens of children with parents in tow gathered in the Nelson County Public Library on Tuesday to meet a few new feathered friends.

    Raptor Rehab of Kentucky — an all-volunteer organization out of Louisville — was there to discuss their efforts to rehabilitate injured birds of prey and return them to the wild.

    Along the way, local youngsters got a crash course on what makes a raptor a raptor, characteristics such as keen eyesight, their carniverous diet and powerful beaks and talons designed for capturing and ripping apart animals.

  • Sisterhood of the ‘Traveling Dress’

    With a family of 12 brothers and sisters, Ricky Donahue, of Cox’s Creek, said there was always some practical joke or shenanigans going on among the siblings.

    One of the more memorable pranks was between his brother, Roy, and two sisters, Wanda Rahl, affectionately called “Wannie,” and Sheila Lyvers that has lasted for almost 30 years.

    It all started when Sheila and Roy took a trip to visit Wannie in Michigan.

    The two decided to go to a yard sale.