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  • Marion County native to open new distillery

    A former master distiller for Maker’s Mark has returned to Central Kentucky to open a new distillery.

     

    Gov. Steve Beshear was on hand to announce the opening of the Bardstown Bourbon Company June 26 in Bardstown.

    Steve Nally, who has worked for more than 40 years in the bourbon industry, including 33 years at Maker’s Mark, will serve as the master distiller for the new venture. Nally is also a member of the Bourbon Hall of Fame.

  • July is made for ice cream

     By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    It’s National Ice Cream Month. 

    Former President Ronald Reagan proclaimed July to be National Ice Cream Month on July 9, 1984. This year, it’s the 30-year anniversary.

    Whether you’ll be celebrating with friends and family inside or out, one thing is certain: There’s no wrong way to eat ice cream.

  • Books recount Bradfordsville and Gravel Switch histories

     By Matt Overing

    matthew.overing@uky.edu

    Picture a world where Native Americans hunted freely, where there were no automobiles, no machines and where infamous criminals razed buildings on a consistent basis.

    Welcome to the Bradfordsville area, circa 1776. The area’s first settlers, nicknamed the “Longhunters,” came from Virginia in search of fertile lands and lush forests, according to Eula Ray Kirkland. 

  • Loretto man in critical condition after ATV accident

    Harold L. Hughes, 53, of Loretto was driving a side-by-side, all-terrain vehicle on Maker’s Mark Road at 2:22 a.m. Sunday, June 29, when he lost control and the ATV overturned, according to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department.  Hughes was airlifted to University Hospital in Louisville.  He was listed in critical but stable condition as of Monday morning.

    One passenger, Francis S. Willett, 44, of St. Francis was transported to Spring View Hospital by Marion County EMS. He was not listed as a patient as of Monday morning.

  • Marion County Fair events have begun

    The 2014 Marion County Fair resumes Saturday, June 28, and continues through Saturday, July 5, at the Marion County Fairgrounds.
    The open dairy show kicked off this year’s events on June 21. The next fair events are scheduled for June 28. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. every night from June 30 through July 5.
    Here’s a schedule of this year’s events:

    Saturday, June 28
    10 a.m. - Open beef show
    Noon - Mule, horse and pony pull
    2-6 p.m. – Marion County AG Day

  • County jail saved state more than $663,000

    The Marion County Detention Center saved the state nearly $663,000 during the 2013-14 fiscal year, according to a report Marion County Jailer Barry Brady presented at the June 19 Marion County Fiscal Court meeting.
    Brady noted that the state inmate population reached a low of 6,716 inmates in July of 2013. Since then, the inmate population has climbed to 8,741 prisoners as of June 15.

  • City approves $6.7 million budget

    The Lebanon City Council held two special-called meetings last week to approve the first and second readings of the 2014-15 budget.
    The meetings were held June 16 and June 19, and the budget was approved without opposition. The council also approved the first and second readings of the revised 2013-14 budget at those meetings.
    The 2014-15 budget includes $6.676 million in the general fund, which is up  from the $6.658 million in the 2013-14 budget.
    The 2014-15 sewer fund is set at $2.181 million, which is down from $2.189 in the 2013-14 budget.

  • Marion County Fair Dairy Show

    On June 21, the annual Dairy Show was held at the Marion County Fairgrounds. Through thick humidity, children and adults filtered in and out of the showing area with pride to show off their dairy cows for prizes. The next fair events are scheduled for June 28. The carnival will open at 5 p.m. every night from June 30 through July 5.

  • Sounding the trumpets

    The man considered by many to be the finest baroque trumpeter in the world performed to a small but appreciative audience Saturday evening in Lebanon.
    Friedemann Immer of Germany joined Kentucky Baroque Trumpets for the second time June 21 for a concert at St. Augustine Church before an audience of around 50 people.
    “Friedemann, he’s just unbelievable. He makes us all better just playing with him,” said Don Johnson, the director and founder of Kentucky Baroque Trumpets.

  • Budget shortfall raises spending cut fears in Kentucky

    By Tom Loftus
    The Courier-Journal