• It's Elvis's birthday ... thank you, thank you very much

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  • 'Music is the air I breathe'

    At 15, most teens are thinking about their first car. But for Chaz McKinney of Elizabethtown, the only thing on his mind is music.
    McKinney began playing piano at age 7 and guitar at 10. By 2007 he was writing his own music and he released his first album, “The Notebook EP,” in 2008.
    He’s studied at the Rock School at Mom’s Music in Louisville, performed at Fourth Street Live and Bluebird Café, and opened for Eddie Money, Loverboy, Kix Brooks and Jars of Clay at a benefit for childhood cancer.

  • A Dash of Class: Tips and recipes to help you lose weight

    Looking for your favorite Valentine recipe

    If you have a favorite recipe that you prepare for your special sweetheart, please send to Nora by Feb. 1 for a column on Feb. 10. 


    One of my resolutions in last week’s column was to give you recipes to help you lose weight. Before I can do that, I need to give you some tried and true tips.

  • A new season at the State

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    The Historic State Theater not only has a new season but a new leader as well. Emily West has taken over as executive director at the theater and is looking forward to what lies ahead.

    In her first week on the job, West doesn’t know for sure how successful last season was, but knows the fall of 2010 was successful with good crowds at presentations of “A Christmas Story” and “The Ghost and Mr. Chicken,” which returned for a second run.

  • E’town man is bananas for graphic design


    Nick Gioia doesn’t mind being called a monkey.

    In fact, the Web designer, graphic artist and animator calls himself that and said it was the idea behind the mascot for his website, www.CreativeiMonkey.com, which he launched in August 2010.

    “I am the monkey,” he said. “I’m creative, but I’m also bouncing off the walls.”

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Family favorites from Sheryl Warren


    Sheryl Warren and her family live on a farm in Hart County. Sheryl is a stay-at-home mom with eight children, and she loves to cook and bake — a good thing with a family of that size.

    Sheryl says these recipes for Meatball Soup and Popovers are favorites of her family, and she usually serves them together.

    These are really good recipes, and they’re simple. I don’t think I had ever made popovers before, but these are great.

  • A year has past: What was done

    It never fails. The end of the year always makes me want to look back at the past 12 months and evaluate things, ala a John Lennon/Yoko Ono song. (You know: “So this is Christmas and what have you done? Another year over and a new one just begun.”)

    It’s rarely the eye-opening occasion it maybe should be.

    I didn’t rescue children from a burning building. I didn’t discover a cure for cancer. I didn’t end world hunger.

    (“And what have you done?”)

  • A Dash of Class: A healthy new year to you

    At the end of a year and the beginning of a new year, many people make resolutions.

    Many people resolve to lose weight, but I wonder if you have a list for 2011. Does being a healthier or better cook, or trying more recipes sound familiar?

    As for me, I too want to lose weight, be a healthier cook and try new recipes. Maybe we can do those together.

    I resolve to:

  • O'Kingdom for a drummer


    In a relatively short time, local metalcore band O’Kingdom has found an audience, reaching more than 1,000 plays of its video, “The Appointed Boundaries,” on YouTube within five days of its release.

    The video, which was posted Sept. 4, now claims more than 15,000 plays.

    What the band really needs now is a drummer.

    “Drummers are hard to find around here,” Elizabethtown guitarist Brian Judd said.

  • ECTC's Morrison Gallery: A place of art and experience


    The Morrison Gallery on the campus of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been a place of fine art and classical entertainment for at least 25 years.

    Noteworthy exhibits of late range from paintings and sculptures that explore the relationship between positive and negative space to three-dimensional chair forms in various stages of destruction by Japanese Beetles.