Erin McCoy, The Kentucky Standard

10:12am

Fri March 9, 2012
The Commonwealth

Law Enforcement Warns of New Scams

Scammers posing as government officials may be the newest threat, but plots to trick people out of their money come in all shapes and sizes. One woman reported receiving several calls from different individuals claiming to be federal attorneys or officials, and insisting she had an unpaid bill. The scam bears a resemblance to a phone scheme that has grown in scope in more than a dozen U.S. states in recent months, according to an FBI press release. Persons claiming to be officers of the court call to inform you that you have missed jury duty and must pay a fine or risk being arrested. Such calls may sound official, but don’t be duped.

2:44pm

Mon December 19, 2011
The Commonwealth

Group Helps Seniors Stay in Homes

After being paired together almost two weeks, 95-year-old Ada Hickman and volunteer Patsy Shawler find they have a lot in common. Shawler helps Hickman with her basic needs, like laundry and transportation to go go shopping.
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A newly formed volunteer group in Bardstown is helping seniors stay in their homes. Bardstown at Home is still in its infancy, but since the nonprofit organization got its first client in early September, it’s taken on 19 more, and about the same number of volunteers. It reaches out to Nelson County residents who are 55 and older, and the services it provides are multifold: volunteers aid clients in everything from transportation and social opportunities to home maintenance and cooking. Volunteers will even come out to help clients change a light bulb.

9:45am

Tue December 6, 2011
Environmental Watchdog

6,400 Gallon Alcohol Spill at Bardstown Distillery

About 6,400 gallons of ethyl alcohol spilled from the back of a Heaven Hill Distilleries facility off KY 49, Loretto Road, Saturday afternoon. Roughly a tanker truck’s worth of 180-proof, potable alcohol, used for blending at Heaven Hill, poured into a nearby creek and lake as firefighters, state environmental regulators and the Nelson County Emergency Management Agency were called to the scene. The accident occurred as a tanker truck was transferring the alcohol into a tank behind the distillery’s main bottling building.

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9:43am

Fri December 2, 2011
Kentuckians at War

WWII Veteran's Family Receives Medals for Service

Charles Lydian Sr. served three years as a general service engineer in World War II, building roads and supplying ammunition, regularly in a combat zone. Yet for all his service, Lydian’s children say he didn’t talk much about the war when he talked about his experience. This week, Mike Lydian accepted six medals on his father’s behalf, five-and-a-half months after Charles Lydian passed away at age 92.

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10:04am

Wed November 9, 2011
Education

Nelson County Welcomes New Public High School

Parents of high school students in the Nelson County School District are likely to receive a letter by the end of the week, either from Nelson County High School Principal Eric Gilpin, or from Thomas Nelson High School Principal Wes Bradley. The letter will also serve to inform parents which school their child will attend, as many people are still unsure in which high school’s district they reside, Superintendent Anthony Orr said. The new school, set to open in August, will become the fourth high school in Nelson County.

10:01am

Wed November 2, 2011
Business and the Economy

Jim Beam Distillery Plans Warehouse Expansion

Jim Beam Brands Company plans to build about 17 new warehouses, and some of them may in the Boston area. Nelson Fiscal Court approved a resolution to offer the company a 30-year property tax exemption if it chooses to build any of those warehouses in Nelson County. Because Jim Beam’s parent company acquired the Maker’s Mark Distillery several years ago, the company is likely to locate its new warehouses in the Boston area and in Loretto, where Maker’s Mark has its distillery. Warehouses are used to store the oak barrels in which bourbon ages.