People and Places

  • The Road Home

    The road home for one little girl from Ethiopia started on the other side of the globe, where Eric and Fran Runner, on the television screen in their Bardstown home, saw the homelessness and destruction that resulted from the earthquake in Haiti on Jan. 12, 2010.

    “It got our minds to thinking quite a bit, so it escalated from there,” Eric remembered. He wanted to adopt a child, to provide a home and a loving family for someone without those things.

  • Fun on the farm

    “It’s got udders!” Trace Smathers exclaimed when he saw Kentucky Kate.

    Trace was among the first to milk the life-sized fiberglass replica of a dairy cow that stood behind the Nelson County Extension Office Wednesday afternoon, unperturbed by the utter excitement of the children who swarmed around her, laughing and taking turns pulling and squeezing her in a contest to see how much water (Kate doesn’t give milk) they could get in their cups in 25 seconds.

  • Adventure tourism in Ky.

    Hundreds of hiking trails and sites for camping in Kentucky. Thousands of miles of rivers and more than 50 fishing and boating lakes (more coastline than Florida). White water rafting and canoeing expeditions. The longest cave system in the world. Nearly 900,000 acres of national forests and 52 state parks just waiting to be explored — and that’s just the beginning of your Kentucky adventure.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: LBL offers wealth of family fun activities

    Editor’s Note — This is the third in our month-long series spotlighting fun and interesting day-trips in Kentucky. Today’s comes to us from The Lake News in Calvert City.


    CALVERT CITY — The summer schedule for activities in and near Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley in western Kentucky is packed with fun family activities.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: A Capitol Destination




    KPA News Service

    Editor’s Note — This is the second in our month-long series spotlighting fun and interesting day-trips in Kentucky. Today’s comes to us from The State Journal in Frankfort.


    The story of the Davidson brothers — John, a major in the Union Army, and Frank, who joined the Confederacy — dramatize how divided loyalties fractured families in Kentucky during the Civil War.

  • Local volunteers help build houses in honor of loved ones in Belize

    Speaking about her parents recalls a certain type of emotion in Barbara Cecil.

    It’s of their love, generosity, continuous support and their goal to always provide what’s best for their children.

    For Cecil, realizing how much her parents, JT and Tootsie Cecil, sacrificed for her didn’t set in until she was older.

    After they both passed away from Alzheimer’s disease, she kept searching for a way to honor their legacy.

  • Local massage therapists take time to work with Fort Knox soldiers



    When a soldier returns from war he returns to his family, his friends and remnants of his life before.

    But a soldier also returns with pain —often times physical injuries and mental stress.

    Several local licensed massage therapists visited Fort Knox May 10 to work with soldiers, military spouses and support staff to ease some of their pain, through touch.

  • High Altitude Learning

    Lift-off time was 10:06 a.m. on a bright May morning in Dean Watts Park when Morehead State University launched a high-altitude balloon to conduct scientific experiments in the sky high above Nelson County and beyond.

    In perhaps the first-ever high altitude balloon launch of this sort from Nelson County, eight students from Nelson County High School and the Nelson County Area Technology Center (Kentucky Tech) were right in the thick of things to help send along their own payload of experiments for the nearly 16-mile-high flight.

  • Writer turns Author

    TAYLOR PETTIT/The Kentucky Standard




    “I am officially a Crystal Bowling fan!”

    Crystal Bowling, 26, who grew up in Bardstown but currently lives in Bowling Green,  said she read the comment online and was more than surprised, she was thrilled.

    Bowling, who recently self-published a romance novel, “Always the Last to Know (Always the Bridesmaid),” put her book on Amazon for free downloads.

  • 100th Graduation at Bethlehem

    Sixty-eight seniors in caps and gowns of blue and white will walk across the stage for their diplomas Sunday evening. They will represent more than the transition from one phase of life to the next, from childhood to adulthood, from reliance on teachers and parents to self-reliance.

    They will represent 100 years of seniors making the very same transitions.