https://www.kystandard.com/todaysnews/rss.xml en Clydesdales draw a heavy crowd https://www.kystandard.com/content/clydesdales-draw-heavy-crowd <img src="https://www.kystandard.com/sites/www.kystandard.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/clydesdales-fb-2.jpg" alt="The Budweiser Clydesdales looped around the Old Courthouse as they delivered packages to downtown bars on the opening day of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival." title="The Budweiser Clydesdales looped around the Old Courthouse as they delivered packages to downtown bars on the opening day of the Kentucky Bourbon Festival." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> Thursday afternoon there was an exodus from the Kentucky Bourbon Festival grounds when people heard the sirens and saw the strobe lights.</p> <p> The Clydesdales were coming!</p> <p> Even before those signals, crowds lined Fifth Street to get a look at the famous Budweiser draft horses pulling a big red beer wagon with two drivers and a Dalmatian riding in the box.</p> <p> The Masses also thronged the horses at Old Talbott Tavern on Court Square when they stopped to unload wooden crates, re-enacting an old-time beer delivery.</p> Something more than a straight pour https://www.kystandard.com/content/something-more-straight-pour <img src="https://www.kystandard.com/sites/www.kystandard.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/food_4.jpg" alt="Different kinds of country ham and cheeses were paired with Michter’s bourbons and ryes during a “Sip &amp; Savor” class Friday." title="Different kinds of country ham and cheeses were paired with Michter’s bourbons and ryes during a “Sip &amp; Savor” class Friday." align="left" hspace="6" width="117" height="85" /><address> Straight or on the rocks is how many like Kentucky&rsquo;s spirit, but bourbon enthusiasts know it also makes good mixed drinks, and there&rsquo;s an emerging awareness that it complements fine food.</address> <p class="p1"> During the Kentucky Bourbon Festival, restaurants compete for the best bourbon cocktails and offer bourbon specials.</p> Paperwork paves path to new city elementary https://www.kystandard.com/content/paperwork-paves-path-new-city-elementary <img src="https://www.kystandard.com/sites/www.kystandard.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/bcselementarybuild.jpg" alt="Todd Hood, who oversees facilities for Bardstown City Schools, speaks about the construction of a new elementary school during last week&#039;s board of education meeting." title="Todd Hood, who oversees facilities for Bardstown City Schools, speaks about the construction of a new elementary school during last week&#039;s board of education meeting." align="left" hspace="6" width="127" height="85" /><p> The building of a new elementary school in Bardstown has been &ldquo;set in motion&rdquo; after the approval last week of project documents.&nbsp;</p> <p> &ldquo;We&rsquo;ve been talking about this for some time,&rdquo; said Todd Hood, who oversees facilities for the Bardstown City Schools district.</p> <p> Hood said the district&rsquo;s facilities plan presented in March listed construction of a new school as a priority project, and funds are already set aside for the anticipated $21 million build.</p> Bardstown hosts first KY Brotherhood Ride https://www.kystandard.com/content/bardstown-hosts-first-ky-brotherhood-ride <img src="https://www.kystandard.com/sites/www.kystandard.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/kybrotherhoodride-kg-1.jpg" alt="Riders head out from Bardstown Friday morning for the inaugural Kentucky Brotherhood Ride. The two-day, 200-plus-mile bike ride was held to honor fallen first responders." title="Riders head out from Bardstown Friday morning for the inaugural Kentucky Brotherhood Ride. The two-day, 200-plus-mile bike ride was held to honor fallen first responders." align="left" hspace="6" width="129" height="85" /><p> The inaugural Kentucky Brotherhood Ride kicked off early Friday morning with about two-dozen cyclists heading out from the Nelson County Sheriff&rsquo;s Office. The two-day, 200-plus-mile bike ride honored first responders killed in the line of duty.</p> <p> The riders left from Bardstown on Friday and headed to Lexington, making several stops at police and fire departments along the way. The ride was expected to finish back in Bardstown on Saturday.&nbsp;</p> Bethlehem student semi-finalist for National Merit https://www.kystandard.com/content/bethlehem-student-semi-finalist-national-merit <img src="https://www.kystandard.com/sites/www.kystandard.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/madelinehitenew.jpg" alt="Madeline Hite" title="Madeline Hite" align="left" hspace="6" width="61" height="85" /><p> Bethlehem High School student Madeline Hite is a semifinalist for the 65th annual National Merit Scholarship Program.</p> <p> &ldquo;I see the experience as a huge honor,&rdquo; Hite said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve gotten such a positive response from so many people, which has just been overwhelming and, frankly, awesome. Achieving something such as this has been something I&rsquo;ve put a lot of time and effort in so to see it finally come to fruition is really satisfying.&rdquo;</p> More charged in Grundy antiques theft https://www.kystandard.com/content/more-charged-grundy-antiques-theft <p> At least two more women have been charged in connection to the theft of thousands of dollars worth of antiques from a historic Washington County Home.</p> <p> Lisa Stone, Tonya Lampkin and Melissa Jewell were each indicted last week on complicity to receiving stolen property under $10,000 and are accused of receiving stolen antiques taken from the Grundy Plantation in Springfield.</p> Cecilia man charged with second-degree assault https://www.kystandard.com/content/cecilia-man-charged-second-degree-assault <p> A Cecilia man, 40-year-old Joseph Powers, was indicted Wednesday on a felony second-degree assault charge in Nelson County.</p> <p> The charge stems from a May 10 incident in which Powers is accused of striking another man with a hammer, causing serious physical injury to the victim.</p> <p> Powers&rsquo; bail has been set at $25,000 cash only, plus conditions.</p> <p> He is scheduled for arraignment in Nelson County court on Oct. 3.&nbsp;</p> Changes to lawn experience welcome https://www.kystandard.com/content/changes-lawn-experience-welcome <img src="https://www.kystandard.com/sites/www.kystandard.com/files/imagecache/thumb85/fourrosesbooth-kg-5.jpg" alt="Bill Whitlow pours a cocktail for a customer at the Four Roses booth on the Great Lawn of The Kentucky Bourbon Festival." title="Bill Whitlow pours a cocktail for a customer at the Four Roses booth on the Great Lawn of The Kentucky Bourbon Festival." align="left" hspace="6" width="122" height="85" /><p> Terri and Craig Brooks of Dayton, Ohio, have been coming to the Kentucky Bourbon Festival for 12 years, and they always enjoy it, but this year, there were some pleasant surprises.</p> <p> The couple were laid back in big wicker chairs on the porch of the wooden Wild Turkey cabin, savoring spirits.</p> <p> Last year they couldn&rsquo;t have done that.</p> <p> &ldquo;I think it&rsquo;s a great change to allow the local distillers to offer you a drink&rdquo; at their visitor booths, she said.</p>