• If you stand still the sound is overwhelming. The small ticking of a dozen or so freestanding and wall clocks culminates into a miniature symphony of time as Bjoern Lorenzen puts the finishing touches on a Kentucky Longrifle he recently made, engraving the gun’s future owner’s name on the barrel.

    The place is Bjoern’s Watch and Clock Shop (155 N. Mulberry). Lorenzen, the shop’s owner, may be a watchmaker by trade, but he can make just about anything.

  • Getting involved with “dock dogs” began as an effort to make Chopper the black Lab less hyper, but for Bardstown resident Lee Hall, it became much more.

  • The smell of pepper was in the air as portions of a salt, pepper and brown sugary mixture was doled out onto sheets of butcher’s paper in the ag shop at Nelson County High School.

    Members of the 4-H Country Ham Club were seasoning their hams in preparation for months of hanging in the club’s new ham barn. During that time the salt in the seasoning will draw the moisture out of the hams, giving it a shelf life without refrigeration, 4-H youth development program assistant Judy Creech said.

  • “That was the only way I knew how to survive.”

    For the six participants graduating from the Nelson County drug court rehabilitation program, those words spoken represented a once insurmountable challenge, finally overcome. And in a ceremony Thursday in the Nelson County Circuit Court room, that victory become official with friends, family and supporters gathered to witness it.

  • I love a good photo, no matter who’s the photographer.

    What makes me like a photo varies, however. Sometimes it’s just capturing an odd or unique moment, such as the photo at left, where I was lucky to catch a Campbellsville player in a compromised position after being upended by Bethlehem’s Luke Wimpsett.

    Reaction shots are a favorite of most photographers, whether it’s a moment of joy or despair. Those are the times when a picture tells a thousand words, to borrow the phrase.

  • Ever wished you could experience what life was like in the 1950s and even earlier?

    There’s a place in McCreary County where that’s quite possible, and it doesn’t even require much imagination.

    A fixture along U.S. 27 in Whitley City, the Dairy Bar, complete with carhops, is little changed from the business started by the George P. Andersons in 1933.

  • Eric Duncanson has won the Special Olympics regional golf crown five consecutive years, and the only thing keeping him from also adding a state title to his trophy case is a three-putt on the 18th hole of the 2009 state championship.

    Not bad for a guy who’s legally blind.

    “I’m getting tired of little sniffs of first place,” said Duncanson, who was also the state runner-up in 2006. “I think I’ve got the goods to win a national championship.”

  • You want to make your holidays a little lighter?

    The annual Benham family Christmas Light Show is under way in Bardstown. Hope and Tim Benham began a now three-year tradition of a light-o-rama in their neighborhood of Creek Chase Subdivision. The light show extraordinaire was the brainchild of the couple after starting on a much smaller scale of just one music box and a few lights around their home at 128 Glenview Drive.

  • I know quite a few people mistakenly thought I worked in the sports department at The Kentucky Standard, when I first started. Well, I can’t blame them because sports became a big part of my life when my son began to play in Little League. Baseball, basketball and football summed up each season every year from 1997 until now.

  • This event is sponsored by the Stephen Foster Music Club, an affiliate of the National Federation of Music Clubs. My Old Kentucky Home will also be on the tour. Tickets are $12 in advance and $15 the day of the tour and can be purchased at the Visitors Center. For more information, call 348-4877, 348-8973 or 348-9604.

  • Little Lindy Conley always got what she wanted from Santa Claus.

    “I expected a new doll every Christmas, and that’s what I got, complete with a high-quality wardrobe made by my mom,” she says.

    “I may have been in middle school the first Christmas I didn’t get a doll,” said the 1969 Somerset High graduate.

    “It was hard to give up. I missed having that new doll smell.”

    For the past 17 years, the ex-school teacher has enjoyed that new doll smell often in Berea, where she is known as Lindy Evans, doll artist.

  • The Bloomfield Community of Tomorrow’s Christmas Home Tours are 3-7 p.m. Dec. 6. Tickets are $10 and are available at Bloomfield City Hall or Nettie Jarvis Antiques. They can also be purchased the day of the tour at the Bloomfield Civic Center, where refreshments will be served and door prizes given.

  • A trip to see immediate family members doesn’t take much planning for Lynda Houk.

    She, her husband and daughter share the same house with her parents, grandmother, sister and niece.

    Having four generations living under one roof is an arrangement that grew out of a conversation between her husband, Joe, and father, Charley, in 1992.

    The plan had been to build three separate homes on a 100-acre farm near the Nelson-Bullitt county line.

  • Craig Mattingly began training in martial arts 20 years ago because he was interested in the mechanics of it. A fan of kung fu films as a child, he was intrigued by how a man getting along in years could throw people around as if they were light as a feather.

  • The “aha” moment came early for Mike Yaden. The Boston School middle grades science teacher was taking a class to identify trees along the still nascent nature trail taking shape behind the school when a couple of does crossed their path.

    “It was one of those ‘I get it’ moments that took their breath away,” said Yaden, who likes to call the nature trail an “environmental classroom.” He sees the nature trail as a chance to bring science to life for his students.

  • Looking at an ordinary brick building, the average passerby might simply see a bunch of red blocks piled on top of one another. But in fact, there is much more to consider. Miles Miller has built a career on the intricacies that hold a building together.

    The sub contractor, president and owner of Rochester - Miller Restoration Inc., Paris, specializes in pre-1900 brick and stone restoration.

    A graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Business Administration, Miles founded the company soon after he graduated in 1981.

  • Travis Wickline has always liked music, but it took him a while to tune into an appreciation for his surroundings.

    Now, he gets paid for singing the praises of his community.

    The lone assistant in the Powell County Tourism Commission office is so happy to be back home, he would probably work for free if he could.

    Sitting in the commission’s new office at Slade recently, the 32-year-old bachelor explains how his life has come full circle since graduating from Powell County High in 1995.

  • Could there be anyone in Kentucky with a job more uplifting than Kerry Shaw’s?

    As the owner/operator of Natural Bridge Skylift & Gift Shop, the Taylor County native has seen his share of ups and downs since buying into the family business in 1991.

    The lift was built inside Natural Bridge State Park by the late Ed Music, owner of a Prestonsburg auto dealership, in 1967.

    Kerry, who grew up in Louisville, says he didn’t know about Natural Bridge before meeting Ed’s daughter and his future wife, Judy, when both worked in Louisville.

  • The little single-story white frame home doesn’t look like a place containing anything of interest.

    Tucked away behind overgrown greenery on a tiny lot, one has to look hard to see a huge stack of driftwood on the front porch.

    What at first appears to be a single-car garage at the rear of the Elm Street residence is in dire need of paint and general repair.

    The owner, Tim Hall, a bespectacled, middle-aged, reddish-haired man, appears to be no more remarkable than his humble home as he sorts through the driftwood, carefully evaluating each piece.

  • Thousands of people come from near and far to visit the Kentucky Reptile Zoo at Slade.

    And for good reason.

    “We probably have more snakes than anyone in the country,” said Kristen Wiley, 32, the zoo’s curator for more than a decade.

    There’s lots to see and do at the unique center founded by Wiley’s husband, Jim Harrison.

    The couple reside in a rustic cabin on the grounds and operate their business as a non-profit.

    Visitors enter through a small gift shop usually staffed by a college intern.