• A Dash of Class: Adopt a platoon

    Nora’s Note: in honor of my Dad, Joe Vaillancourt, who served in the Army and was stationed on Fort Knox, as well as several other bases in the United States, I am writing this column.

    March is Adopt a Platoon month, and I would like to do my part to encourage you and groups to which you belong to consider participating in this worthwhile cause. On Feb. 2 there was an article in The News-Enterprise called “Offering Soldiers Enduring Support,” and I will be using much of this article in case you missed it.

  • It's never too late to appreciate

    Valentine’s Day arrived late in our household this year.

    To be specific, it arrived two weeks later, on the last weekend in February.

    My girlfriend, Rebecca Ricks, and I are not in the habit of moving around holidays arbitrarily. In fact, I think this was the first time in 25 years we celebrated Valentine’s Day on a different day. But these were special circumstances.

    So what caused this change of plans?

    Two words: kidney stone.

    Not mine. Hers.

  • ECTC takes a bite out of barriers to literature

    tudents filed into a classroom at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College last week bustling with conversation and insights.

    One talked about a program she saw on the progression of Dracula in literature and film. Another talked about her extensive “Twilight” wardrobe. But the conversation went deeper. They started talking about theme, plot and character development.

  • '50s the focus of Rough River events

    Dig out those poodle skirts and leather jackets, and get ready cruise into some fun as Rough River Dam State Resort Park and Pine Knob Theater offer visitors “Nifty 50s Weekend” on March 18-19.

    The event kicks off with dinner theater March 18 as Pine Knob Theater presents “Daddy Took the T-Bird Away.” The musical features '50s music.

    Dinner begins at 5:30 p.m. with the musical beginning at 7:30 p.m..

    On March 19, The Countdowns will provide music for the Saturday Night Sock Hop. The dance begins at 8 p.m.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Kielbasa and cabbage

    This week we have another recipe from Jerianne Strange of Elizabethtown, and it’s another very tasty, very easy, very quick-to-prepare dish.

    Jerianne says her family really likes kielbasa. Her daughter, like Jerianne, loves cabbage. Her son, on the other hand, will not eat cabbage, “no way, no how, no matter what!” So I guess he snacks on something else on the nights they have this kielbasa and cabbage dish.

  • A Dash of Class: Favorite recipes from one of Hardin County's finest cooks

    Some of the best nominations for “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks” are made by you, my readers. Even though I have known this lady for some time, I had no idea of her love to cook.

    It is my pleasure to recognize former Hardin County Schools board member, Radcliff citizen and community leader extraordinaire, Jo Emary. When I asked her if she would like to share some of her recipes with you, she was quick to say yes.

  • Community choir celebrates 10 years

    Its members are preparing to celebrate 10 years, but the genesis of The Elizabethtown Area Sacred Community Choir technically goes back more than a decade to 1999, when the Israel-Palestinian conflict grabbed the attention of Sida Roberts.

    About that time, Roberts read about a cantata written for healing of the nations and knew it needed to be part of a local service. She began contacting the music directors at various churches in the community to form a collaborative effort, leading to the creation of the choir's board of directors in 2001.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Cheeseburger Bake and a cheesecake

    As you all know, I really love “quick and easy” recipes. I think when I was younger, I enjoyed the harder, more complex recipes. You would think it would be the other way around; when I was younger and my daughter was at home, I would have had less time, so I should have wanted the “quick and easy” dishes then. But no, I want them now.

  • If you respect comedy, pass on "Hall Pass"

    "Hall Pass" is so bad, for the first time in my movie watching experience, I got up and walked out within the first hour.

    Webster’s Dictionary defines “funny” as “affording light mirth and laughter” or “seeking or intended to amuse.” “Hall Pass” may have sought to amuse, but it fell far short.

  • Cory Baker, aka CPaper, is on a mission for success

    Corey Baker, rapping as CPaper Da Leprechaun, is hoping his lucky-sounding name will help him find success on the Kentucky and national hip-hop scenes.

    Baker is an Army brat, born in Fort Sill, Okla., he said, but has spent most of his life in Radcliff. His childhood days were filled with skateboarding, playing video games and colleting Pokemon and Digimon cards.