• It’s not every day you will see a Volkswagen Thing.

    But for Nelson Countians Tee and Evelyn Watkins, VW Things have become a staple in their lives.   

    About 12 years ago, the Watkinses were looking for an old VW Beetle convertible to fix up as a hobby. In their search, they stumbled upon a 1973 VW Thing and now own three Type 181 Things. Today, they are the only Thing owners in the county.

    “A Beetle is unique, but a VW Thing is more unique,” Tee said. “They’ve become a part of our life.”

  • Few if any Nelson County residents were pleased when the recent ice storm knocked out power, but for Tootsie Gish, electricity is always an unreliable luxury. It was one of the many things she gave up when she left her home in Louisville to direct a preschool in Botswana, Africa.

    Gish, 65, a lay associate with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, moved to Botswana in June 2006. She arrived Dec. 4, 2008, in the United States for the first time since moving and is preparing to return to Africa as soon as she takes care of a bum knee.

  • As more than half-a-million Kentuckians face upwards of a week without electricity, it is the efforts of tireless individuals working round the clock who are the unsung heroes during times of disaster.

  • The oldest active player in the history of college basketball has encountered a lot of celebrities during the last few months.

    But the one person Ken Mink would most like to meet has yet to step forward.

    In 1955-56, the native of the tiny Perry County town of Vicco in eastern Kentucky was a star player for Lees Junior College in Jackson.

    At the start of his sophomore season, Lees opened up its brand new gym with an upset of the University of Kentucky freshmen, led by future UK all-star Johnny Cox.

  • Paul Blart is a large man. Part of the humor of “Paul Blart, Mall Cop” is for us to think of him as a fat slob. That way when this mall security officer becomes a hero, his feat will be that much greater. We always cheer for the winner especially if he overcomes a handicap. Rah! Rah!

  • Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

  • To David Hall, former Bardstown/ Nelson County Historic Preservation administrator, 210 E. Beall St. is a one-of-a-kind historic location.

    To Dixie Hibbs, local historian and author, it was material for the book “Bardstown: Hospitality, History, and Bourbon.”

    To Diane Wise, it’s simply home — for now, at least.

    “It’s time to downsize,” she said.

  • There hangs a framed certificate on my office wall declaring that “The Honorable Don White is commissioned a Kentucky Colonel.”

    Prior to about 10:35 a.m. Nov. 24, I’d never taken the honor seriously.

    Maybe it had something to do with the fact I’d been commissioned a Colonel by at least three Kentucky governors prior to the latest from Ernie Fletcher.

    Near as I could tell, being a Colonel, even one commissioned multiple times, hadn’t done anything to enhance my life.

  • When it comes to ideas for alternative crops, a Kentucky farmer may have the most electrifying of all time.

    Paul and Darnell Ruley have four acres of brightly lit Christmas decorations on their 250-acre spread in Marion County.

    What started with “just a handful” of holiday displays 30 years ago has grown into a menagerie containing more than  half-a-million lights, according to the couple.

    The spectacle of light and sound attracts thousands of visitors from as far away as Somerset, Owensboro, and Indiana.

  • CSI: Bloomfield.

    It doesn’t require much investigating to find out what’s behind making this tiny town in northeast Nelson County so aesthetically appealing.

    Less than a mile from the gleaming historic brick buildings lining Main Street, behind white plank fencing and a locked black iron gate, sits the residence of Jerry and Linda Bruckheimer.

    Movie buffs will recognize Jerry as one of the most successful producers of all time. Such major films as Armageddon, Black Hawk Down, Top Gun and the Beverly Hills Cops series have earned him fame and fortune.

  • Alumni, faculty and staff members mingled with current students, faculty and staff as Bardstown City Schools celebrated 100 years of education with a centennial celebration Oct. 25 on the campus.

    The day came together after about a year of planning and Bardstown Superintendent Brent Holsclaw said it would have not been possible without the many hours dedicated to its creation and execution.

  • The Tom Moore Distillery, founded by Tom Moore in 1879 in Bardstown, claims to be the first distillery to give tours, according to Pam Gover, bourbon marketing specialist at Constellation Spirits, the company that owns the distillery.

    The Tom Moore Distillery is the eighth stop on the Bourbon Trail and began giving a full tour of the facility Oct. 1.

  • “Look it’s the Balloon Lady!”

    That’s what was shouted, as Trudie Mattingly would make her usual deliveries to Nelson County High School. The name stuck when Mattingly, also known as Ms. Trudie, opened her gift-gag store in downtown Bardstown 25 years ago she named it “The Balloon Lady.”

    The Balloon Lady herself has come a long way from making deliveries out of her home on New Haven Road with two toddlers in tow and her husband, Dudley, giving great support.

  • As trick-or-treaters are out enjoying this coming Halloween night, the constellation of Taurus, the Bull, will extend along the eastern horizon. It’s hard to pick out the shape of a bull among these stars, but the constellation is so filled with celestial “landmarks” that Taurus is easily found in the sky. These landmarks, the Pleiades, Hyades, and the bright star Aldebaran are immediately apparent, even on hazy nights.

  • Green, green, it’s green they say, on the far side of the hill. Green, green, I’m goin’ away to where the grass is greener still.

    When the Rev. Elmer Boggs left Olive Hill for the greener pastures of Mansfield, Ohio, he had no idea just how green they would be for his youngest son, Eddie.

    Leaving behind their family-oriented life in the hills of Carter County wasn’t easy, but necessary, as the recession of 1958 caused the collapse of all the mines and brickyards in the area, leaving Elmer without work.

  • Life as a potato digger was tough. For starters, I had to get up with the chickens. After a hearty breakfast, Mom handed me a lunch pail that usually contained a leftover biscuit and a piece of bacon from breakfast, and then I walked what seemed an endless two-mile trek to the potato garden. I remembered reading a book about Abraham Lincoln that said he once walked 20 miles to borrow a book. I decided I shouldn’t complain, but be thankful that I didn’t have 18 miles to go. Also, I was thankful it was late July and school was out for summer.

  • No, it’s not brother against brother in a film about corruption in a large, urban police force. This time it’s brother against brother-in-law. Mixed in there is another police officer and the father who is a retired police officer. Let’s sort out the players. At least you’ll have a little more help than I did.

  •  The more you learn about the events in this cautionary tale of the misuse of modern technology, the less interesting it becomes. The film has its flaws, but it’s not boring, being both ominous and fun. I’d like to say The Voice giving orders is smart, but would a smart person have chosen two such dumb subjects? And is there a direct steal from “2001: A Space Odyssey” in this picture?

  • Some memos will be marked [Unpreviewed]. This means that I have not seen the film. Any information about the film content is taken from press releases, Web sites and other sources. The “Family Rating” is mainly taken from the Web site filmratings.com.

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