People and Places

  • A Nelson County vintage

    In a way, Tommy McIntyre feels like the wine business chose him.

    “I didn’t always know I wanted to do this for a living,” he said, noting that making wine has always just been a hobby.

    In the past, McIntyre has loved creating one-of-a-kind fruit wines with using fresh-picked fruits to share with his family. Creating unique wines was something he enjoyed during his downtime.

    Since McIntyre likes to plan ahead, he made it his goal to launch his own winery in five years.

  • International artist creates willow sculpture at Bernheim

    Bernheim has more visitors now than you can ‘shake a stick at.’

    The reason for that is international artist Patrick Dougherty who is creating a willow stick sculpture on the grounds adjacent to the Visitor’s Center at Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

    Dougherty, a resident of Chapel Hill, N.C., has created more than 200 installations around the globe. He arrived at Bernheim after completing an installation in France. Other locations include Denmark, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Scotland, Hawaii, Washington, New York and Japan.

  • Caring for Kasigau

    In Kasigau, Kenya, there are no state-of-the art MRI machines standing at the ready for villagers who need a scan. The clinics have only a handful of rooms, stone walls and metal roofs. Patients’ illnesses are often agitated by or even caused by their environment and unsanitary conditions. Even doctors are hard to come by.

  • PEOPLE and PLACES: Championship-caliber dedication

    Fandom can take on many forms, and many levels of severity. For decades, fans have been finding new and elaborate ways to express devotion to their favorite teams.

    Few could match the path taken by Darleene Wimsett, who this year completed an 18-year labor of love and dedication to her favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats.

  • Preserving history, honoring the past

    As a way of honoring the past, members of the St. Thomas cemetery committee decided it was time to restore the historical significance in its graveyard.

    Troy Benningfield, owner of Clean Cut Lawn & Landscape, along with his son, Dakota, and contractor Jimmy Burton spent the afternoon March 14 revitalizing 40 tombstones in the older section of the graveyard. The stones they worked on had either sunk in the ground or broke in half due to wear and tear over the years at St. Thomas.

  • With love by Chaplin Baptist Church Quilters

    “Cut, sew and turn,” that’s the major key in the making of a quilt, said Marie Patton, member of Chaplin Baptist Church (CBC) Quilt Club.

    Quilting is stitching two layers of fabric together with something in between.

    The something in between is not just a little stuffing for CBC Quilt Club.

    The Quilt Club was formed in September of 2011 of Chaplin Baptist Church members, as well as families and friends outside the congregation and throughout the community.

  • Q and U Get Married




    Sounds of the “Wedding March” echoed through the halls of Bardstown Primary School recently. Wait a minute! The Primary School? An unusual setting for a wedding, you say?

    Well, this was a very special wedding staged by kindergarten teacher Kristen O’Bryan (aka, the Wedding Planner) to help her students remember that u always follows q in writing and together they make the /kw/ sound. This is the second year for the Wedding of Q and U at Bardstown Primary School.

  • Ref’her’ee

    Sue Rogers changed the game of officiating in a mostly male industry a little more than 21 years ago when the need for a part-time job brought her onto the basketball court as a referee.

    Despite the initial challenges of her gender and petite stature, Rogers can’t see blowing the whistle on her drive any time soon.

    “Where else are you going to have a job that allows flexible hours, they pay you to go to the gym and you get to travel?” Rogers asked.

  • PEOPLE and PLACES: History, overlooked

    Bardstown and Nelson County feature many sites that figure prominently in the local African-American historical record.

    And while many of those sites are indeed well-known, says Pen Bogert, preservation administrator for the Bardstown Historical Review Board, many have sadly become overlooked footnotes, and some are still coming to light, begging for further research into the roles those locations played in writing a significant chapter in local history.

  • Growing Up Black in Bardstown