• The arts have found a new home in Nelson County for the next few months.

    On Sept. 10, the Fine Arts Bardstown Society opened the Kentucky Bourbon Festival Art Gallery, which features the work of 18 artists at the former Nelson County Public Library location on Court Square in Bardstown. The gallery will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. weekdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday through the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, after which it will continue to run at reduced hours until mid-November.

  • Living in a crumbling, stripped-down Soviet-era apartment complex. Working in a country that speaks a language you can’t understand. Leaving a regular, full-time job to live as a volunteer.

    For many people, this would be a set of unappealing choices, but for former Bardstown resident Ken Mattingly, it was the opportunity of a lifetime.

  • Wife, mother, police officer…on a daily basis and not in that particular order these are the hats of Stephanie Bastin. Formerly Stephanie Brown, the Bardstown High School graduate was attending the University of Kentucky majoring in social work, when she became disenchanted with her future in the field. When she was told about UK hiring police officers, even though she had grown up in a law enforcement family with a father who was a Kentucky State Police Trooper, she took a chance on something a little different.

  • A ribbon cutting for the Boston School nature trail is apparently a big enough event to entice even Smokey the Bear to attend.

    Smokey, as his friends call him, is on the guest list for the 10:30 a.m. ribbon cutting Thursday for the trail behind Boston School that has been under development for nearly a year.

    The star-studded guest list also includes a long list of donors for the project billed as a living lab for the approximately 300 students in the rural K-8 school on U.S. 62 on the western fringe of Nelson County.

  • CSI: Canine Secret Investigator by Kentucky author Leigh Anne Florence, comes to life this fall with Kentucky illustrator Paul Brett Johnson’s colorful artwork, with a 10-week serial story starting in September in The Kentucky Standard as part of the NIE (Newspapers in Education) program.

  • Among the hundreds of perfectly ordered, humble gravestones filling Arlington National Cemetery, there is one spot in particular that holds special significance for PJ Clifford, Scoutmaster for Nelson County Boy Scout Troop 617.

  • For many people, giving 110 percent is considered putting in extra effort, but Junior ROTC cadet Shawana Marie Stansbury shattered that ceiling this year by giving more along the lines of 7,927 percent.

    As a member of the Nelson County High School Air Force JROTC, Stansbury was required to have 15 hours of volunteer activities for the school year. Instead the recently graduated senior racked up an impressive 1,189 hours of community service.

  • When Dr. Patrick Keesee descended into Haiti in a helicopter just weeks following the January earthquake that killed nearly a quarter-million of its people, his first images of the small Caribbean nation were jarring.

    “It is so beautiful when you’re first flying in, and then you get there and it’s so much poverty,” said Keesee, 41, a pediatric dentist in Bardstown. “It’s hard to believe there are places like that in the world.”

  • Five Bardstown residents had a homecoming of sorts recently. For the first time in decades, Edward and Jane Jury, Jim and Joyce Mattingly and Tom Williams were able to go inside their former residence at 114 and 116 E. Broadway Ave., Bardstown, where they lived at various times during the 1940s and ’50s. The historic home was divided into apartments then and still is, and it was the renovation of those apartments that allowed the Jurys, Mattinglys and Williams to visit.

  • From a hayride to a hospital tour, small businesses to a large factory, the Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce Young Leaders had an opportunity for a behind-the-scenes look at their community not many get.

    The Chamber’s Young Leaders Institute is open to sophomores from all three local high schools. Applicants complete a questionnaire, write an essay and submit letters of recommendation as part of the formal submission process. The high schools’ counselors devise a plan for selecting the participants and send those names to the Chamber office in late August.

  • On the morning of May 20, the soft staccato clicks, clacks and snaps of film threaded through a projector, like a cat purring at high speed, filled the projection room of Keystone Cinemas in Bardstown for the last time.

    The reels of film, the medium used to display movies on screens since the inception of “movin’ pictures,” have been traded for hard drives, their physical, animated whir replaced with the dull, electronic hum of digital projectors.

  • At first what is most striking is the sound of about 150 pigeons cooing and flapping as you enter Richard Kelty’s pigeon loft.

    Kelty has kept pigeons since he was a boy when he used to catch them out of barns. He has kept them and fed them ever since.

    “They just kind of intrigued me,” he said.

    Today Kelty has about 150 pigeons, which he breeds and races.

    There are two racing seasons for the birds — old birds in the spring and young birds in the fall. Each season is 10 weeks, but training begins before the season starts.

  • Make sure they fire up. Go straight. Rise up on a cushion of air. And make sure your boat goes at least 100 feet. Oh, and it also helps if your boat is the first one to cross the finish line. “Just like a drag race. The first one to hit 100 feet wins,” said Dr. H.A. Hasan.

    Those brief rules were the order of the day for five Horizons Academy students who put their rocket propelled hydroplane racing boats in the water for the first time Friday, for a practice run at Heaven Hill Lake in Bardstown.

  • The room is somewhat small and unassuming, off to the side in the Bloomfield Civic Center, but what’s held within is a cache of documents and memories that tell of the history of northeast Nelson County.

    A white bookshelf holds books and documents, donated by members of the community, and a few pictures and plats are displayed or hang on the walls.

    Some of the events included in the volumes can be found in textbooks, but most of the information is what Jane Cecil, one of the museum’s dedicated volunteers, calls folk history.

  • “Welcome to our zoo,” Sherry Johnson shouts over a chorus of dogs when you pull up to the farm she shares with Jennifer Edie just outside of Fredericktown.

    The two relocated from Michigan to Kentucky a little more than a year ago to open a business in Bardstown — S&J Medical Massage Therapy — and pursue their passion of animal rescue.

  • Anatok, the antebellum mansion that forms a triangle with Bethlehem High School and the Nelson County Public Library, seems out of place. The 163-year-old mansion has a tiny lawn flanked by paved parking spots. But Anatok’s current situation is reflective of its long history.

  • When it comes to your kitchen you could argue with Julia Child to Rachael Ray about what is most essential but some necessities could help you find the most motivation to cook. The following list was taken from Tonya Saylor, Family and Consumer Service teacher at Bardstown High School. This is not an all-inclusive list, but can help you have a more efficient and organized kitchen.

  • Sometimes, it can be hard to retire. But after 30 years running downtown Bardstown operation Crume Drugstore, Phil Bowling said he has found the right people to take over the business, allowing him to enjoy the slower pace of life offered by retirement. Or at least, semi-retirement.

    He’ll still hang around a little bit, Bowling said.

    The new individuals entrusted with managing the business, which is more than a century old, are a Kentucky couple who seized on the opportunity to return to their roots while having a shop of their own.

  • If you ever had doubts that Kentucky is a basketball state, all you have to do is check out Rupp Arena in Lexington later this week and watch the fans stream in from all across the commonwealth, just to watch high school boys dribble a ball.

    Or, just check out any random district or region tournament around the state, and it should hammer the point home, and perhaps more effectively than a 24,000-seat arena filled with fans can.