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  • Groundhog, give us good news

    Sunday, Punxsutawney Phil will pop out of his groundhog hole and tell us if more winter is coming or if spring soon will be on its way. For the love of sanity, please, let it be spring.

    It’s probably not a stretch to say everyone’s had it with this winter. Mostly because of the bone-chilling cold.

    The county has been plagued with pipes bursting, furnace issues, school closings and frozen spots on the roads. In short, winter has not been a welcomed friend.

  • Radcliff dance studio spotlighted by California company

    A Hardin County dance studio has caught the attention of a California dancewear company, Discount Dance Supply, and is featured on the company’s Facebook page this month.

    Allegro Dance Theatre of Radcliff was selected to be the “January Spotlight” on the company’s page.

    “Our photographer, Aurora Selbe, submitted a few of her photos from our website, and we were chosen immediately for the entire month of January,” studio director Carol Zagar said.

  • Elizabethtown author publishes supernatural novel

    Elizabethtown author Tabitha Douglas found inspiration for her novel “Master Bloodline” while asleep.

    “I had a weird dream that I thought would make a good story beginning,” she said.

    Douglas, 20, wrote down the dream and began “expanding on it,” she said.

    That was several years ago.

    “I actually started writing the book my freshman year of high school and finished it in my sophomore year,” said Douglas, a Central Hardin High School graduate.

  • From 'Piano Man' to 'An Innocent Man' and beyond

    The other day I found out Billy Joel, a longtime favorite musician of mine, was going to be in concert in Louisville.

    Since then, I’ve been in a “New York State of Mind.” My thoughts have flowed, unrestrained, like a “River of Dreams” rushing under “The Bridge” between the bittersweet lands of nostalgia and now.

    Why have such ruminations resulted from a concert announcement?

  • Rapper draws on real life to create music

    Family life — and life in general — has been a big influence on rapper Berran Lee Evans, who goes by the stage name B-Lee and is signed with a Radcliff production studio.

    A mostly absent father, the end of a long-term relationship and stints staying with other family members, among other things, provided Evans material and inspiration. The result has been recordings such as “Letter to My Father” and “The Confession.”

  • Young actors shine in 'The Book Thief'

    “The Book Thief”
    Rated PG-13 for some violence and intense depiction of thematic material.
    Release date Nov. 27 nationally, Jan. 10 locally (last Hardin County showing is today)
    Runtime: 131 minutes
    Rating: Great performances, flat ending

    Literary fans have been waiting for the pages of the popular novel “The Book Thief” to appear on theater screens. The film had a limited release so far but hit local theaters over the weekend.

  • Playing in the mud: Sonora woman finds passion in pottery

    After retiring to the family farm in Sonora, Brenda Heaton spent six years unraveling the secrets of pottery.

    “It was a mysterious thing to me,” she said.

    She read about it, watched YouTube videos and practiced until she was comfortable with the craft.

    Heaton has felt a connection to the clay earth all her life.

    “I was born and raised on this land,” she said.

    As a kid, she often found herself making something out of clay such as pots and other objects, she said.

  • Radcliff author publishes book of song lyrics

    Calling his work “mind rockin’,”  Radcliff resident Gary Atwood, 45, has published a book of song lyrics under the name The Gemini Rising Rockin’ Machine.

    “Book One: Who Am I?” is available at www.Amazon.com and www.Createspace.com and is the first of his planned collections.

  • Band releases 'Act 1' of three-part musical project

    A forthcoming musical, in graphic novel form, provides the basis for the latest release by a band that includes an Elizabethtown musician.

    “The Raven Locks, Act 1,” the first installment in a three-part recording project, is the title of the album released Nov. 19 by Dirt Poor Robins, a band formed by Louisville musicians Neil and Kate DeGraide in 2004. Elizabethtown resident Josh Brown began recording with the band in 2010 and plays brass and other instruments on the latest release.

  • Guitarist Pat Kirtley to perform this weekend

    Pat Kirtley and friends will appear Saturday at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School as a part of Trinity Music Productions’ Acoustic Guitar Masters Concert Series.

    Kirtley’s music is a blend of Merle Travis and Chet Atkins with a contemporary electric style. A news release states that Kirtley “penned a virtual library of lyrical compositions for guitar.”

    He was named the U.S. National Fingerstyle Champion in 2006 and is an inductee of the Thumbpicking Hall of Fame.