• When Amelia and Daniel Early of Bardstown walked into Tatu in Louisville’s Jefferson Mall, their two-month-old daughter Austin Early in their arms, they were somewhere between a miracle and a tragedy, and in the mind to memorialize both. The couple wanted to get a tattoo to commemorate their son, Aaron Early, who died when Amelia was six months pregnant a year ago in October.

  • Through Jan. 1: Christmas in the Valley, Renfro Valley. The wonders of the season this year at Renfro Valley Entertainment Center include a Santa train, children’s choir and carolers. More than 10,000 twinkling lights await visitors with one of the largest light displays in Kentucky, through Jan. 1.  Visit www.renfrovalley.com, (800) 765-7464.

  • Bob Deegan/Night Skies

  • Codi Chladek decided this year she needed a change.  She decided to cut her hair and make a donation to Locks of Love.  Her mom, Danielle, took Codi to Salon Thirty-Five where Tonia Johnston made the cut and donation. Codi is happy with the cut as well as proud of the decision to donate her hair.

  • The Bardstown High School cafeteria will be quieter than usual Dec. 1 — there will be less singing, fewer jokes. Perhaps Darleene Wimsett’s replacement will be as musical as she is, but by all accounts, Wimsett, who retires Nov. 30 after 37 years at the BHS cafeteria, is irreplaceable.

    “She sings gospel to me every morning if she gets a chance,” said Prudence Rogers, who has worked in the cafeteria almost 11 years.

    If it’s your birthday, said food service worker Patty Centers, Wimsett will sing to you all day.

  • Nov. 29: The Rev. Daniel Corrie Shull, pastor of Burnett Avenue Baptist Church in Louisville and former pastor of First Baptist Church in Campbellsville, will speak at Campbellsville University’s FIRST CLASS chapel service each Monday through November.

    He will speak at 10 a.m.  Nov. 29 in Ransdell Chapel, 401 N. Hoskins Ave., Campbellsville.

    The FIRST CLASS program at CU provides weekly worship services and small- group mentoring groups for freshman students with focus on facilitating character development, servant leadership and stewardship.

  • 60 YEARS AGO




    Arco Theatre safe looted


    A break-in at the Arco Theatre here Sunday night netted a sizeable amount of cash for the thieves, who “fished” the money in a sack out the top of the theater vault.

  • Do you have a special Christmas tradition that takes place at your house each year?

    Or maybe you make a special dish that makes your holiday dinners complete?

    Whatever makes your Christmas unlike any others, we want to know. In December, The Kentucky Standard will print a Christmas special section and we want to include our readers in it.

    Send us your favorite Christmas recipes and traditions and we’ll share them with our readers.

  • Fiction
    V.C. Andrews — “Playing the Game.”

    John Grisham — “The Confession.”

    Lisa Kleypas — “Christmas Eve at Friday Harbor.”

    Anne Perry — “Christmas Odyssey.”



    Glenn Beck with Kevin Balfe — “Broke: The Plan to Restore Our Trust, Truth, and Treasure.”

    Michael Caine — “The Elephant to Hollywood.”

  • Flora Jean Hall, Bloomfield was crowned the first Nelson County High School Homecoming queen by “Mr. Pep,” Dickie Cambron, Student Council reporter, during halftime of the Nelson County/Meade County football game Friday night Oct. 30. The queen and her escort, Harold Coulter, reigned during the remaining evenings festivities. Miss Hall, a senior is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William W. Hall. Other candidates for queen were Nancy Adam, Lois Newton, Gayle Pardue, Donna Reynolds, Betty Rogers, Susan Muir, Sharon Allgeier and Wanda O’Bryan.

  • Charles Lydian Sr. and Elihu Motley did something in the 1940s that today seems unfathomable. They fought for a country that did not consider them equal to whites.

    They couldn’t even vote. Yet Lydian and Motley, both of Bardstown, answered the call for service during World War II. And despite the indignities they suffered at home and abroad, they would do it again if they were able and it was necessary.

    Not that being in the path of bombs and bullets was pleasant.

  • Halloween vandals struck the RJ Corman Railroad Corp. Wednesday night, damaging equipment.

    A piece of track machinery was damaged at some time during the night, chief mechanical officer Ray Kolasa said.

    Three windows were broken out and obscenities were spray painted on the side. The car was parked at Jim Beam Distillery in Clermont when the incident occurred.

    “It appears to be the work of children, Lt. Melvin Davis of the Bullitt County Sheriff’s Department said.


  • Bloomfield United Methodist Church is preparing for its 25th and last Tree of Life performance. The hour-long shows will be 7 p.m. Dec. 3 and 10 and 3:30, 5:30 and 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 11 and 12. Tickets are $1. This year’s theme is “25 Years Jesus Alone Be Praised.”

    Betty Hendren, who has been involved with the event all 25 years, said most of the performers are getting “up in years.”

    “It’s just getting a little hard on us,” she said.

  • If you watch “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition” the first week of February on ABC, keep an eye out for some familiar faces. Keith Metcalfe of New Haven and his company, K&S Construction Inc., poured the footer for the house, and Keith Stenger of Bloomfield volunteered his time as a “gofer.”

  • When Ron Elliott of Bardstown set out to write a book on Franklin Sousley, one of the soldiers in the iconic World War II flag-raising photograph from Iwo Jima, he wanted to dispel some myths associated with the photograph and Sousley. He did that, but he also accomplished much more.

  • It’s possible to sit underneath the streets of Bardstown.

    Outfitted with borrowed caving gear, my shoes and clothes soaked through, I spent a good portion of Friday night wedged between, quite literally, a rock and hard place. Well, hundreds of thousands of tons of rock, to be exact.

    I had gone on an expedition to explore the far reaches of a cave near St. Joseph School in Bardstown. After crawling for 20 minutes, I surmised that I had made it somewhere underneath the intersection of Jones Avenue and Broadway Avenue.

  • Suzanne Bridwell and Chrissy Foreman are overwhelmed and exhausted. They cry a lot. But they aren’t turning back. The Bardstown women started the “Barktown” dog rescue in August 2009 and since then have saved 600 dogs.

    But it’s not enough, Foreman said. The Nelson County Animal Shelter euthanized about 1,000 dogs last year — not because animal control officers wanted to; there simply isn’t enough space.

  • One recent morning well before dawn, while rolling out the dough to make that day’s baked goods, Greg Hadorn took a short break to do some number crunching.

    He had never really sat down and figured out the amount of ingredients Hadorn’s Bakery goes through in a year, and the results were eye-opening.

    More than 4,000 pounds of cake batter; 24,500 pounds of powdered sugar.

    “Unreal,” Hadorn said. “Unbelievable — I’m surprised myself.”