People and Places

  • My Old Ky. Home Tour brings cyclists to Bardstown

    Until a few months ago, Marty Osbourn of Bardstown hadn’t ridden a bicycle since she was a child. Now she’s a cycling enthusiast.

    Her boyfriend, George O’Daniel, takes some of the credit for that.

    “It’s something we do together,” Osbourn said. “We’ve done a few 20-mile rides.”

    They hadn’t done anything like Saturday’s ride before.

  • PEOPLE AND PLAES: A gentleman's craft

    In with the old, out with the new.

    Sitting at an antique table adorned with a set of English dishes from the late 1800s, Bjoern Lorenzen is right at home. The 32-year resident of Bardstown opened his antique shop — Court Square Antiques — almost two years ago after having retired from clock making.

    “I’ve always been interested in antiques,” Bjoern said of his motivation to open the shop.

    And the business choice is appropriate as the German native is well versed in antiquities and the history behind them.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Dedicated driver

    Moments before the final bell rang Wednesday, Allena Beeler finished up some last-minute details as she waited patiently for her students in the Bloomfield Elementary School parking lot.

    Several other empty buses were parked next to Beeler, all with drivers ready to take students home.

    A call then came in over the radio for Beeler — known as Ms. Allena to her students — letting her know that she would have to take a preschool student home, meaning she would have one additional stop on her route.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Darkside Athletics and Bourbon City Fitness competition

    Push, pull, lift and run…That’s how the fitness competition began at Darkside Athletics and Bourbon City Fitness on Aug. 2.

    Darkside competitors were Katie Hartman, Nikki Gee, Shannon Gulley, Traci Melgar and Melanie Booker. Members of Crossfit Elizabethtown also competed.

    As a gym, Darkside Athletics has a strength and conditioning program to aid in strength improvement, fat loss and overall fitness improvement.

    Workouts are tailored for the individuals’ specific needs and abilities.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Hard-riding hombres

    Phil Clayton has driven cattle across the Red Desert, herded buffalo in the Black Hills and robbed several trains (for charity) with his gang of pistoleros, but these days he mostly rides and shoots … balloons.

    Clayton’s a member of the Kentucky Cowboy Mounted Shooters, who put on a display of gunplay and horsemanship for afternoon spectators last month at the Nelson County Fair.

  • Closing a chapter

    Story and photos by JENNIFER GROTE


    Sister Lorena Fleischman feels she didn’t choose to become a nun. Instead, it kind of chose her after attending Catholic school all her life.

    “I just felt that call that this is what God wanted me to do,” Fleischman said. “I really didn’t want to do it myself.”

    She recalls seeing a quote on a wall at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth from the Gospel of John that said, “You did not choose me. I chose you.”

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Music from afar

    When asked about their impression of the “Most Beautiful Small Town in America,” many tourists will give similar answers — usually ones centered on bourbon, history and small-town charm.

    But Dan Evans has a different response; he likes the “wooden porches.”

    Evans, a mountain dulcimer finger-style and guitar player, is from Olney, a market town in Milton Keynes, southeast England and the birthplace of “Amazing Grace.”

  • An inheritance of gratefulness

    Belief in reincarnation isn’t part of Felicia Rowe’s Catholic faith. Still, her grandmother’s spirit lives on in her.

    Felicia, 31, of Louisville, is assistant director of the lay mission volunteer program at the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Her job involves recruiting volunteers for short-term missions, disaster relief, and community service projects, documenting the work on video and following up with participants about what they got from their experiences.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Funny face, I love you

    Every year when the school sports season ends, I find myself with a mountain of photo evidence of all the wild, wacky, thrilling and heartbreaking stuff the local high school athletes have gone through.

    Generally, at that time, I’ll pull out some of my favorite action shots to give them one more go-around in the paper before we close the book on the just-completed school year.

    I’m changing it up this year, just to do a little something different.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Closing the books

    The end of the school year is always filled with a variety of emotions.

    For students, it’s a joyous time, marking the end of one chapter in their lives, as well as the end of schoolwork for a couple of months.

    For teachers, the end of school is a time to wrap up lessons from the year.

    Before the last bell rings, local schools have their students complete end-of-the-year projects, as well as allot time for field days.