Jeffrey Archer — “The Sins of the Father.”

    Steve Berry — “The Columbus Affair.”

    Richard Paul Evans — “The Road to Grace.”

    John Irving — “In One Person.”

    Lisa Jackson — “Afraid to Die.”

    Toni Morrison — “Home.”

    James Patterson and Maxine Paetro — “11th Hour.”

    John Sanford — “Stolen Prey.”


  • David Allen Hardin received the Civilian of the Year Award at Fort Campbell. He is a carpenter at Fort Campbell and previously was the lead sheet metal mechanic. He worked many long hours repairing critical buildings from the storm damage of 2011. He spent seven years in the U.S. Air Force as a carpenter before joining the Army civilian workforce. He lives in Clarksville, Tenn., and has two children, Savannah and Shelby.

  • Ann Rosalie Ballard, top handicapper in The Standard’s 1992 Kentucky Derby Panel of Experts, looked over Sunday’s headlines after being the only panel member to mention upset winner Lil E. Tee, ridden by Pat Day. She backed up her choice with a bet, too, after her original choice, A.P. Indy, was a late scratch because of a bruised leg. After that she forgot about her second choice, Technology, and went with her third place pick, Lil. E. Tee.


  • Dozens of friends and family members of 14-year-old Hannah Hamric gathered Friday at Hope for Hannah, a benefit to help cover ongoing medical costs for the teen, who remains in a coma after being hit by a truck Jan. 29.

    The Nelson County High School freshman is undergoing rigorous therapy and is making progress, said Michelle Lovvorn, a family friend who organized the event with Coletta Zurschmeide.

  • If you think you know the modern horror flick, then be prepared to think again. “The Cabin in the Woods” lays out a marvelous, unbelievable  twist which is played out over the length of the film. It doesn’t wait until the last five minutes to jerk you out of your seats. Mood master Joss Whedon and newby director Drew Goddard will have you saying “Huh?” as they turn the horror genre into a twisted maze of disbelief.

  • Jimmy Dean Hicks has hit the big time as a songwriter.

    But the Nelson County native had to venture to Nashville to find that


    “You can’t make honey if you’re not in the beehive,” he said.

    Hicks, 30, moved to the “beehive” seven years ago and started the climb to the top.

    He has co-written two No. 1 Oak Ridge Boys’ songs, has had several other songs on the charts and has recently started his own publishing company.

  • In the history of raunchy high-school movies, there was “Porky’s;” then came “American Pie” (1999). In this latter film, pie was treated very badly. More recently there was “The Help” (2011) and this time, pie was used as revenge. In the former film, five carefree, boys made life miserable for all those connected with their high school. Let’s just say they did not set a moral example for their fellow classmates. A  so-so sequel followed in 2001.

  • Fandom can take on many forms, and many levels of severity. For decades, fans have been finding new and elaborate ways to express devotion to their favorite teams.

    Few could match the path taken by Darleene Wimsett, who this year completed an 18-year labor of love and dedication to her favorite team, the Kentucky Wildcats.

  • Lady Tigers get sixth win of year over Banshees, 8-1

    The Bardstown Lady Tigers (6-1) used the strong pitching arm of Whitney Newton , and big bats at the plate, Monday evening to knock off the Bethlehem Banshees 8-1 at St. Monica Field.

    Bardstown pitcher Newton (4-0) struck out 10 batters in her complete game win. Newton allowed only two Bethlehem (2-3) hits in the seven-inning game, while walking two. The Banshees’ run was unearned.



    C.J. Box — “Force of Nature.” 

    Suzanne Brockmann — “Born to Darkness.”

    Harlan Coben — “Stay Close.”

    Charles Martin — “Thunder and Rain.”

    James Patterson and David Ellis — “Guilty Wives.”

    Richard North Patterson — “Fall from Grace.”


  • Bardstown High School has a National Merit finalist.

    Tommy Wilkerson, 17, said Thursday that the news hasn’t really set in yet.

    “I don’t know how I felt,” Wilkerson said. “It was kind of like saying, ‘By the way, you’re a finalist.’”

    He is one of only 14,000 students in the U.S. to be chosen as a finalist. Wilkerson said that he should find out in a month or two if he has been awarded a scholarship.


  • Throughout the nation, everyone has seen the devastation from last week’s tornadoes. The towns of West Liberty and Henryville, Ind., continue to receive overwhelming support from citizens throughout Kentuckiana. Several Nelson County residents and businesses have answered the call and continue to coordinate donation sites and will make deliveries themselves.

    Donations for West Liberty


    Jonathan Kellerman — “Victims.”

    Lisa Lutz — “Trail of the Spellmans.”

    Jodi Picoult — “Lone Wolf.”


    Charles Duhigg — “The Power of Habit: Why We Do What We Do and How to Change It.”

    Wayne W. Dyer — “Wishes Fulfilled: Mastering the Art of Manifesting.”

  • Bardstown and Nelson County feature many sites that figure prominently in the local African-American historical record.

    And while many of those sites are indeed well-known, says Pen Bogert, preservation administrator for the Bardstown Historical Review Board, many have sadly become overlooked footnotes, and some are still coming to light, begging for further research into the roles those locations played in writing a significant chapter in local history.

  • Bardstown High School hosted a celebration of Black History Month Wednesday with guest speaker Glenda F. Green, a human rights specialist from the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights. The “Realizing Your Dream” event featured the BHS Dancers, the advanced chorus of Bardstown High School and several musical performances.