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Heartland T-shirt honors Lincoln, military and Hardin County

By The Staff

By JEFF D’ALESSIO

jdalessio@thenewsenterprise.com

ELIZABETHTOWN — A mugshot of Abraham Lincoln, an outline of Hardin County, and a soldier and helicopter all wrapped inside a penny is the winner of this year’s Heartland Festival T-shirt contest.

Hub City Printing co-owner Debbie Reed and her staff came up with the idea as an offshoot of the festival theme this year: “The Heartland Shines in 2009.’’

“We tried to come up with reasons the Heartland Festival would shine in 2009,’’ said Reed, who owns the business with her husband, Paul. “... Everybody (her staff) gave their opinion and we came up with it.’’

This is Reed’s first time entering the T-shirt design contest, she said.

The mug of Lincoln represented his 200th birthday; the outline of Hardin County with Made in the U.S.A. written inside the outline represents “all the things we make right here”;  the soldier and helicopter signify the military community here and the possibilities BRAC will bring to Hardin County, and the penny is for the revenue that will come into the county from the festival later this month, Reed said.

Sun rays surround the penny.

“They put a lot of time into it,’’ said Tim Asher, president of the Elizabethtown-Hardin County Chamber of Commerce.

The winning design was unveiled at Thursday’s chamber luncheon at Pritchard Community Center.

ROEDEMEIER IS GRAND MARSHAL. Long time WHAS-TV news anchor Gary Roedemeier will serve as this year’s Grand Marshal.

Roedemeier recently retired from full-time work at WHAS-11 News after 41 years.

Roedemeier served as the station’s evening news anchor for the past 20 years. During his career in television news, Roedemeier has won five regional Emmys and over a dozen Metro Journalism Awards. And this year, for the seventh time, he was voted Best Male News Anchor by the readers of Louisville Magazine.

Jeff D’Alessio can be reached at (270) 505-1757.