A sampling of recent stories I’ve written for WBRT news:

 

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Perhaps the most valuable aspect of last summer’s “Best of the Road” contest has come to fruition for Bardstown.  The 2014 Rand McNally Road Atlas was released today, and it features Bardstown on the third page as “The Most Beautiful Small Town in America.” The atlas is available all over the United States.  Rand McNally also recently celebrated its 90th Anniversary by releasing an Apple app, with a mobile version of the atlas.

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The Anatok Preservation Committee presented an update this morning on its efforts to save the pre-Civil War built mansion located behind Bethlehem High School.  The committee raised $115,900 worth of pledges in ten weeks to go towards renovation – a number that was shy of matching a $125,000 grant recently proposed by an anonymous donor.  Non-profit organization Preservation of Kentucky added another $14,000, and the grant was matched.  However, Bethlehem High School, which owns Anatok, previously announced that the minimum amount for renovating the building is $500,000 with a deadline of May 31.  Preservation committee member Dixie Hibbs addressed this issue on WBRT today…

(Audio – Dixie Hibbs #1)

The Preservation Committee intends to continue accepting pledges until July 10.  And while Hibbs recognizes that the property belongs to Bethlehem High School, she also believes the school would better benefit from saving money and allowing renovation to be done…

(Audio – Dixie Hibbs #2)

You can watch the entire interview with Dixie Hibbs tonight on BRTV, Bardstown Cable Channel 19 at 6:30pm.

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A photograph taken last Thursday at the burial of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis is receiving widespread attention across the internet, as a tribute to our fallen hero.  Photojournalist Jonathan Palmer captured the image, which shows Ellis’ K-9 officer Figo laying a paw near his partner’s casket. Figo was paying his final respects at the Highview Cemetery in Chaplin.

The picture has generated tens-of-thousands of views and comments on internet websites such as Facebook, Reddit, and Yahoo.  It was also featured on NBC’s “The Today Show” Monday morning.

Figo has now been retired by the Bardstown Police Department, and is living with Ellis’ wife Amy, and their two boys Hunter and Parker.