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  • Cars roll into Cecilia Days for show, competition

    Food, music, games, arts and crafts aren’t the only attractions that will get visitors to Cecilia Days revved up.

    The festival again will hold a car show and competition.

    A variety of cars will be entered into the show at the festival with judging beginning at 1 p.m. Saturday.

    Larry Hicks, car show organizer, said the best vehicles in about 28 categories will be selected. Examples of some of the categories are Best Ford and Best Mustang, he said.

  • Concert remembers oldies

    Glen Rice Family and Friends Musical Concert Series will host a tribute to music legends at 7 p.m. Friday at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School.

  • Historic State Theater invites audiences to Bates Motel

    The Historic State Theater is inviting audiences to figuratively check into an out-of-the-way motel Friday and Saturday, but guests might want to avoid taking showers.

    The Alfred Hitchcock classic “Psycho” will be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.

    “Psycho” was originally released in 1960 and stars Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh.

  • Appreciating the happiness of loved ones

    Sometimes the best times you can have are when you are creating good times for others.

    Case in point: last week Rebecca Ricks, my girlfriend, celebrated a birthday.

    As has been our custom for sometime, I celebrated the week leading up to that special day by giving her small daily gifts. Rebecca began this practice many years ago when she decided my birthday should be a birthweek, and we’ve kept the tradition for both of us.

  • The Best: Favorite summertime recipes

    I’ve been on the receiving end of lots of vegetables lately, especially tomatoes and squash; this is a good thing, because I love them.

    I’ve also been on the receiving end of several really fantastic summertime recipes too, which is another good thing because now you also get to enjoy them.

    Mary Iseler of Elizabethtown sent me the recipe for BLT Dip. She said she had been saving it for summer and the tomato season. Several folks I’ve talked to about the recipe said they’ve had this before, but I never had.

  • Dash of Class: Lunchbox-friendly sandwiches

    It’s August and school bells are ringing. No, wait, hardly any school bells ring in this generation; it is more like, and tones are toning. It seems the days of hearing bells are gone, but one thing is for sure — school lunches are a steady. Again just like bells, school lunches of days past are not in the present, but new and exciting food items can be found in the cafeterias all over the country.

  • Laughter, tears, amazing performances build a great movie experience

    Truvy in “Steel Magnolias” once said, “Laughter through tears is my favorite emotion.” In “The Help,” that emotion is strong and these women are tougher than steel, maybe more like titanium.

  • 30 years of space exploration ends

    Since 1981, America has been sending shuttles into space. Sadly, that era ended July 21 when space shuttle Atlantis touched down for the very last time.

    Growing up, I wanted to be several things: an archeologist, jet fighter pilot, movie director and astronaut. For me, space is fascinating. Granted, much of what I enjoy about space is probably derived from fiction, namely “Star Wars.” But the actual true and legitimate outer space always has engaged my brain.

  • Comedy Caravan comes to the State

    Rich Ragains, author of “No Excuse Dad” headlines the show. He’s appeared on the Bob and Tom radio show, CMT’s “Comedy Hour” and CMT’s “Greatest Redneck Moments.”

  • Local author holds book signing

    Local author and attorney Stephen Van Zant has a book signing at 6 p.m. Monday at the Hardin County Public Library. His book “Far From Good,” published by WinePress Publishing, is his first young adult novel.

    Van Zant also is available to talk about his book and what inspired him to write it. 

    He describes the novel as a coming-of-age story focusing on Sam Cray during the summer of 1975. As Cray is adjusting to his parents’ divorce, a fight between a friend and a football coach require him to make a life-altering decision.