• Elizabethtown couple embraces 18th century

    Elizabethtown residents Rudy and Pat McKinney often find themselves smack dab in the 1700s.

    The couple makes 18th century-style furniture and crafts and participates in historic re-enactments.

    “It’s the time period where our country was beginning,” Pat said, explaining what drew her to the 1700s.

  • The Best: Favorite bread recipes

    I love good bread, and I really mean love. I don’t care whether it’s a sourdough bread, a quick bread, cornbread, whole grain bread – if it’s good, I love it.

    So today you’re going to get some of my favorite bread recipes. The best thing about all of these recipes is that they’re easy. I have never quite mastered the art of making real bread from scratch. I think it must be a lack of patience or something on my part. But I can handle these recipes.

  • Sounds Taken lives in its music

    A love of music and playing instruments brought Sounds Taken, of Leitchfield, together. After putting the pieces together they found they had created a full band.

    Everything came into place their freshman year of high school with Tyler Higdon (vocals and guitar), Juston Spradling (bass and vocals) and Evan Wooden (drums and vocals). Matt Higgs joined them about two years later to play keyboard but moved to guitar as they used the keyboard less in the band.

  • Hardin Countians offered discounted trip down under

    Kentucky Down Under is offering surrounding counties an opportunity for savings on admission Saturday and Sunday.

    If you live in Hardin, Green, Grayson or LaRue county, admission to the park is $5 instead of the regular $22 fee. A driver’s license, utility bill or other proof of residency will be required for the discount.

    Kentucky Down Under offers hands-on experiences with Australian animals and educational programs as well as a cave to tour. It is located off Interstate 65 at exit 58 in Horse Cave.

  • Dash of Class: Healthy, historical dates blend into treat recipes

    Today we continue on our culinary trip through the alphabet. I have not been able to think of a vegetable that begins with the letter “D,” and there are very few fruits that begin with the same letter.

  • Boo hits the big 1-0

    It was nearly 10 years ago. I can remember standing in the middle of a yard with several Chocolate Labrador puppies scurrying around, except for one. One puppy shivered at my feet on that day in October. That was the one.

    He was born on Sept. 2, a small fuzzy thing that looked like a little bear. He was a purebred dog so he had to have three names to register him. As I rode home with this brown fuzzy puppy curled up in my lap, the name just came to me, Baloo Bear (technically Boo Boo Bear Baloo for his registration papers).

  • Local veterans honored in parade

    At 10 a.m. Saturday the Cecilia Days parade will be rolling down Ky. 86.

    “It gets bigger every year,” organizer Greg Lowe said.

    Each year the parade features floats, marching bands, horses, cars and bikes. Pretty much everything but all terrain vehicles, which are not prohibited.

  • Games that reflect a Cecilia lifestyle

    Tractors are a common sight in Cecilia and farmers are a part of the area’s cultural heritage.

    In fact, you can pop into Cecilia Farm Service at any time of day and see a few gathered to talk about farming and life.

    A highlight of every Cecilia Days is the tractor games and tractor display. Longtime Cecilia resident Louis Crosier used to organize the event but the torch was passed to Kyle Ashlock following Crosier’s death.

  • Food a highlight at Cecilia Days

    When some people think of Cecilia Days they immediately think of the food, most famously the chicken dinners. But there are other options for the two-day festivities.

    Friday night starts with a fish fry. From 6 to 8 p.m., diners can dig in to a “delicious white fish” dinner, organizer Debbie Hay said.

    The reason Hay said it tastes so good it the old-fashioned deep-frying method.

    They usually serve about 300 dinners on Friday night.

  • New activities, crowd favorites highlight Cecilia Days

    A couple of new events are on the roster for Cecilia Days on Friday and Saturday, but the festival continues to offer the annual favorites that fill the two days with music, food and fun.

    This is the 42nd year for Cecilia Days, and the success of the event, as far as festival chairman/president Greg Lowe is concerned, has more to do with who than what.

    “The key is probably the people in the community,” Greg Lowe said.