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  • We need a break, not a judge

    You never know a stranger’s story.

    Every day, we come in contact with too many people to count. We line up behind them in stores, pass them on the roads, deal with them at work. You don’t think about it often, but every one of them has a life to run. Every one of them has strengths and challenges. Some have chronic burdens and some are just having a bad day.

  • 'RoboCop' more like RoboSnooze

    “RoboCop”
    Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of action including frenetic gun violence throughout, brief strong language, sensuality and some drug material.
    Release date: Feb. 12
    Runtime: 108 minutes
    Rating: It’s a snoozer

    There are many movies from the 1980s that people look back on with fond memories. Some of these movies make interesting remakes. Some should be left alone.

    “RoboCop” should have been left alone.

  • Barnes & Noble to host author Northington

    Former University of Kentucky football player Nathaniel Northington will sign copies of his book from noon to 2 p.m. Saturday at Barnes & Noble Booksellers in Elizabethtown.

    Northington’s book “Still Running, the Autobiography of Kentucky’s Nate Northington, the First African American Football Player in the Southeastern Conference,” will be on sale during the signing.

    The book chronicles Northington’s beginnings and his life as the first black football player in an SEC football game in 1967.

  • Artist makes name for herself ... and others

    Shakespeare once wrote, “What’s in a name?”

    Maria Sambs Botelho of Elizabethtown knows the answer: art.

    As owner of Personalized Sketches ... It’s All About You, Botelho creates ink drawings composed entirely of names. An example on her business card displays a bald eagle drawn entirely by using the name Grace.

    What separates her art from other techniques, such as cross-hatching, is the personal touch, she said.

    “A name is special,” Botelho said.

  • Online and offline, a place for all things nerdy

    Nerds are the coolest people you ever will meet. Seriously, they are, and I’m not saying that because they are my kind.

    Nerds know off-the-wall facts and can help you with just about any movie reference because they have every movie they’ve ever seen memorized. Plus, they usually have cool toys and gadgets that, let’s face it, everyone wishes they had.

  • Let's pretend: 'The LEGO Movie' honors imagination

    Imagine, if you will, your kids are playing together with every tub of LEGOs dumped onto the floor. You hear silly voices and unbelievable stories coming from their imaginations. It’s a world where Batman, a 1980s astronaut and a unicorn kitty can come together to save the world.

    It’s a beautiful image until, like most parents who have kids who play with LEGOs, you walk into the room with bare feet, step on one of those tiny, plastic blocks and feel the sting.

  • 'Labor Day' is sweet but lacks realistic premise

    It’s not that the folks in Hollywood aren’t trying to make romance movies these days; it just seems they’ve forgotten how to make good ones.

    “Labor Day” has all the right pieces to make a good romance, but loses something in the middle.

    The movie falls somewhere between a romantic chick flick and a coming-of-age film. The story might have been more impactful if it had just been one or the other.

  • Providing support to a few household items

    I’m thinking about starting a support group for clothes: Socks Without Partners.

    You see, our household is not unlike many others where socks somehow magically lose their partners. I heard a theory once that every now and then, one sock explodes in the dryer to make lint.

    I’m not buying it.

    I think the missing sock was a heel and it just got cold feet, running off and leaving his or her partner alone to take care of their family of little footies.

  • Tommy Emmanuel comes back to Elizabethtown

    Tommy Emmanuel will bring his fingerstyle guitar playing to town Feb. 14-16.

    Tommy Fest 12 is a weekend full of concerts and workshops at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

    “Every year since we started in E’town I look forward to coming and playing,” Emmanuel said. “I love the folks of Kentucky and have a lifelong history with the state.”

    The first American family he met back home in Australia were the Booths from Phelps.

  • HCP holds auditions for 'Death and the Maiden'

    The News-Enterprise

    Auditions for the Hardin County Playhouse production of “Death and the Maiden” are held at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 10-11 at Plum Alley Theater in the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    No material is needed to prepare in advance for the audition. Those auditioning will read from a script with other actors.

    The three-person show needs two men and a woman, ages 30-60.

    Performances for “Death and the Maiden” are slated for April 4-6 and April 10-13.