People and Places

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Reaching new heights

    In the late 1930s, just one week prior to the attacks on Pearl Harbor, thousands of volunteers with skills and a passion for aviation created a program that would allow them to serve and defend their country. Today, that program continues to provide services at both the local and national levels.

    Civil Air Patrol, or CAP, is a nonprofit civilian volunteer organization and official auxiliary of the U.S. Air Force.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Opening day

    There’s nothing quite like Opening Day in baseball.

    The smell of fresh-cut grass, chalk lines down the baselines, the sound of the ball hitting the mitt and the bat cracking the ball.

    A week ago Saturday, the latest generation of Nelson County youngsters hit the fields to celebrate the opening of the 2014 Little League season, with scores of kids, their parents in tow, descending into the Dean Watts Park bowl.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Commander for a day

    Good Friday was a good day for Jim Guest.

    The veteran of World War II, Korea and Vietnam — and 52-year veteran of American Legion Post 121 in Bardstown — had the post’s building on West Broadway dedicated to him April 18. And, for that day only, he was the post commander.

    Guest also was honored by the governor and by other Legionnaires as a member of the Commander’s Circle.

    It was, as his son, Frank Smith, said, “a very special day.”

  • Helping Haiti



    In conjunction with the Basilica of St. Joseph Proto-Cathedral a Bethlehem junior theology class went on a mission trip to Haiti on a service project.

    “The object of this mission trip was to immerse our children in the culture of a third world country,” said Bethlehem High School theology teacher, Ellen Williamson.

    The eight students and three adult chaperones stayed at the rectory in Port Au Prince, Haiti.

  • The education of a lifetime

    Frank Hall has been in school for 35 years. He has attended school events, knows the ins and outs of the classroom and takes great pride in the students and teachers around him. But after serving more than three decades on the Nelson County School Board, Hall has decided it is time to leave his position to someone else.

    Born and raised a New Haven man, Hall has seen the county and the state progress and change, but none more so than through the education of local students.

  • Sojourn in Sochi

    Sarah Hagan has always had a passion for the games.

    As a goalkeeper for Bardstown High’s soccer team, she played a major part in a successful season her senior year. She also played golf for the Tigers and is on the golf team at Asbury University in Wilmore.

    And when she got a chance to go to the XXII Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, this year, it was the thrill of a lifetime.

    “I love sports, so going to the Olympics in any way, shape or form was always a dream of mine,” she said.

  • Sensory Rooms: An island of calm amid hectic pace

    Story and photos by TOM DEKLE

    For The Kentucky Standard

    The lights are soft and welcoming. So is the music.

    Lit entirely by long strands of multicolored LEDs, the room in Foster Heights Elementary School emits a comforting, warm glow. The soft music playing in the background only adds to the effect.

    Calming. Soothing. Therapeutic.

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: A darlin’ beautician

    It’s a recent Wednesday afternoon and Darlene Woodson Croom is multi-tasking in her salon.

    She’s washing a client’s hair, talking on her Bluetooth headset and making sure her customer feels comfortable. Shampoo bottles are on display in a nearby cabinet and a television show can be heard in the background. In an adjacent room, a customer sits underneath a hair dryer reading a newspaper.

  • Behind the books

    Sitting amongst her books, no one looks more at home in the library than Sharon. She seems content, happy and—judging by the pile of papers on her desk—always busy. Anyone who knows Sharon Shanks would agree, this is one place she seems to truly fit.

    Sharon, a native of Nelson County, has worked at the Nelson County Public Library for 10 years and it is a job she says is a “dream come true.”

  • PEOPLE AND PLACES: Back to the future

    With its golden paved streets and innovative setup, “Tomorrowtown” is a city full of amenities one might find anywhere.

    There is a city hall, casino, downtown area, landfill, as well as several restaurants and homes. There is even a chocolate factory.

    What sets this town apart, though, is that it is set 150 years in the future.

    Instead of vehicles, citizens use tubes and hovercrafts to travel to different locations within the city.

    The town is the brainchild of five Bardstown Middle School eighth-graders.