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Bluegrass & Backroads: Carriage business just a ‘365-day vacation’ for Jonsie Jones of Bardstown

We’ll introduce you to “Jonsie” Jones, a man whose love of horses has given him a wonderful business that both honors his father and links him to his beloved community of Bardstown. He calls his job a “vacation 365 days a year. Not very many people can say that.” Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse...

Kentucky by Heart: Refugee couple from war-torn Bosnia adds to richness of life in Bardstown

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Ed. Note: This story is reprinted from the 2008 first volume of Steve Flairty’s Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series and appeared previously in KyForward. The couple lived a charmed life. Dzevad won renown as a member of both the Bosnian national soccer team and later as a professional player. Living in a place where a fledgling democracy had many economic...

Unique holiday experience: Relive the magic of ‘Polar Express’ with one of these Santa-themed excursions

Spend the afternoon aboard a vintage train and relive the magic of “The Polar Express” as it chugs into the Kentucky countryside. Bardstown has two attractions offering Santa-themed excursions during December: The Kentucky Railway Museum and My Old Kentucky Dinner Train have a combined total of 26 different holiday excursions, offering everything from pictures with Santa and cookies and...

Rural Blog: Big bourbon making town puts brakes on new whiskey warehouses close to residential areas

A Kentucky town whose name has been almost synonymous with whiskey making has had about enough of the bourbon boom, or at least a piece of it. “The Bardstown City Council has voted down the Planning Commission’s recommendation to allow distilled spirits warehouses on agricultural tracts of 20-100 acres as a conditional use,” Randy Patrick reports for The Kentucky Standard. “Recently,...

Bardstown ranked on Best Small Towns list by AARP Travel website

Bardstown, Kentucky was recently ranked among the Best Small Towns in American by the AARP Travel website. Known for Bourbon production and My Old Kentucky Home, Bardstown came in at No. 10. Writers Michael Alen Connelly and Abbey Chase of Fodor’s Travel wrote about the Nelson County seat: “For a stopover in Kentucky bourbon country, it’s hard to beat Bardstown, where it’s easy to be charmed...

Auto industry supplier Thai Summit to create 216 jobs with new Bardstown auto supply facility

Thai Summit America Corp., which supplies stamped and welded parts to automakers, plans to build a $110 million facility in Bardstown – its first in Kentucky – creating 216 full-time positions, Gov. Matt Bevin said Thursday. “With a reputation for quality products earned across three decades in the U.S., Thai Summit makes a welcome addition to both Kentucky’s automotive industry and the Nelson...

Sweet 16: Covington Catholic, McCracken County, Bowling Green, Bardstown advance

Battle-tested Covington Catholic fought off Clay County to advance in the first round of the Boys’ Sweet 16. (Photo by Bryan Burke)   By Bryan Burke KyForward correspondent   Roundup of Thursday’s Sweet Sixteen games:   Covington Catholic 80, Clay County 78   Perhaps because they are battle-tested — having climbed over the likes of Holmes, Newport Central Catholic...

Bardstown – birthplace of bourbon – named official trailhead of Kentucky Bourbon Trail

Bardstown, known as the Bourbon Capital of the World, has been designated the first-ever “Official Trailhead of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail” to showcase its rich history surrounding America’s only native spirit.   Adam Johnson, Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail, said Bardstown is a major launching point for thousands of Kentucky Bourbon Trail visitors looking to sample the spirit of...

Steve Flairty’s Everyday Heroes: Nina Lee stitches threads of love in the fabric of lives

Nina Lee has a sweet sense of the power that clothing sewed personally for loved ones can bring.   She remembers talking with her children who sat beside her as she craftily hand made their garments on “Old Girl,” a mid-1930s Kenmore second-hand machine her husband bought for her early in their marriage.   “My favorite thing to tell them was how ‘each stitch carries my love for you...