People and Places

  • People and Places: Touching History

    For Josh Brands and Mary Ellen Moore, history is a hands-on experience.

    The duo spend their days handling Nelson County history in the basement of the county clerk’s office, where they are indexing and restoring thousands of documents.

    Moore is a historian and Brands a trained archivist. Between his love of old paper and her passion for piecing together the stories behind them, the two are putting the pieces together of Nelson County’s history like a jigsaw puzzle.

  • People and Places: Farmers Market Fridays

    It’s 10 o’clock on a Friday morning, and two young women at the Bardstown Farmers Market are chatting like they’ve known each other awhile.

    It turns out, they have.

    The seller is Hannah Thomas of Fallen Maple Farms, and the buyer is Jessica Barr, who lives in town.

    The market is a good place to socialize, said Barr.

    “I like to support my local farmers,” she remarked. “I think it’s wonderful that our community has this. I keep coming back every year, so I know these people pretty well now.”

  • People and Places: A perfect school career

    When Shawn Hardin was a child, his mother, Robin, showed him a newspaper clipping of a girl who never missed a day of school.

    The family can’t remember who the story was about, but Robin was so intrigued by the story she thought to share it with Shawn, who will attend Berea College in the fall.

    “It impressed me so much, so I showed him,” Robin said. “I thought it was a cool story. I though ‘Why not encourage one of my kids?’”

    That article turned into a source of inspiration for Shawn to follow suit.

  • Business is sweet

    Larry Marks knows bees. Been working with them since he was a 12-year old, helping out his father and grandfather, also beekeepers, the way his grandfather helped out his grandfather before him.

    “It’s just one of those things I just enjoy,” said Marks, 70, of Bloomfield, whose three boys also help him in carrying on the family tradition.

    At his peak, Marks maintained 175 hives in locations in Nelson and Taylor counties, but that’s down to 165 these days. He started with two.

  • People and Places: Relay for Life 2013
  • Dogwood days of spring

     Sister Teresa Kotturan was enjoying her evening walk at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, especially the fragrance of the flowering trees along her path.

  • Wild about food

    The first time Bryan Vincent put on his chef jacket — at least metaphorically — he was a 7-year-old farm boy under the instruction of his mom and grandmother.

    Laying the foundation for a career in the food industry, the female duo set their young prodigy up for success from the very first cooking lesson.

    Fried chicken and bacon are what they tasked him with making.

    “They said, ‘If you can cook these two things, you’ll be a good cook,’ ” Vincent recalled.

  • Mission to Djibouti

    Letting soldiers know they aren’t alone and there are other people who can help them acclimate to civilian life after deployment was the goal of last week’s American Legion deployment in Djibouti, according to Pete Trzop, commander of American Legion Post 121.

    Trzop was part of a group of American Legion members who traveled to Djibouti last week to visit the 2/138th Field Artillery Battalion, Charlie Battery unit of the Kentucky National Guard.

  • Fascinating Fashions

    The Kentucky Derby is one of the most recognized events in the world and not just for the Run for the Roses.

    Since its beginning in 1875, the Kentucky Derby has been one of the main hat fashion events of the season.

    The over-the-top styles will get you noticed and are the ideal piece to accentuate your Derby day attire.

    Whether you attend The Oaks, Churchill Downs or just a gathering with friends you can still make a statement with a classic and exclusive hat design you can call your own.

  • History in the remaking



    Lee Evans and her husband, Richard, have been renovating their 19th Century Georgian home since they moved into it in 1994.

    The imposing white house on West Stephen Foster Avenue was built by merchant Joseph Queen in 1836 and purchased by Evans’ grandfather in 1922.

    The house has emotional significance for Evans because her mother grew up there. She later bought it from her siblings, wanting to keep it in the family.