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  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Friendship Cake

    One of my jobs here at The News-Enterprise is researching the 20- and 30-year histories, looking back in our archives to see what was going on in Hardin County during those years. I’ve had fun looking through the newspapers from 20 years ago because I was writing a food column for the paper in 1991. I’ve loved revisiting those recipes from 20 years ago, and there are a couple of them that I want to share again in the next couple of weeks.

  • Q & A with A Lion Named Roar

    A Lion Named Roar is an up-and-coming band with Hardin County connections.

    The band, based in Louisville, is made up of Chris Jackson (lead vocals, acoustic), Tyler Anderson (guitar, vocals), Andy Meyers (drums, vocals), Billy Grubbs (guitar), Michael Brown (bass) and Josh Brown (keys, brass).

  • Reflecting on childhood superheroes

    Heroes, we can’t help but like them. They can do things that go beyond human expectations.

    The onslaught of comic book hero movies hitting theaters this summer makes me wonder why we like these characters and, for that matter, who was my favorite superhero growing up.

  • Birds, bats, bugs, butterflies and beyond

    Elizabethtown residents Lacy and Brenda Thomas are homebuilders, and their house hunters are birds, bats, bugs and butterflies, not to mention gnomes and fairies.

    “I make fairy furniture, too,” Lacy said.

    The whimsical homes for the mythological creatures are made from fallen limbs, branches and other wood pieces.

    “He’s a big recycler,” Brenda said.

  • Catch the inspiring wave of 'Soul Surfer'

    Films in the Christian genre have grown in popularity recently. “Facing the Giants” and “Fireproof” have had surprising success, but I have been disappointed with the overall quality of the films.

    The small budgets and inexperienced filmmakers have something to do with that, but as a critic, I struggle through films like these and “Letters to God” because the overall film quality is so poor.

    These films have inspiring messages and good stories, but the acting and filmmaking have been lacking.

  • Joy Bale Boone Poetry prize winners named

    Elizabethtown Community and Technical College’s “The Heartland Review” announced the winners of the Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize.

    This year, editor Mick Kennedy received 68 submissions from around the country. Annually, “The Heartland Review” receives submissions from as far away from Italy, Japan and Canada as well.

    The 2011 winners are:

  • Learning to weather the storms

    As I lay in bed listening to my home groan with the gusts of wind that pressed against it, I had to remind myself it’s that time of year.

    Along with spring come the rain, wind and threat of severe weather.

    I’d like to think I’ve gotten used to it after all these years, but, in truth, I think the reverse is actually true.

    The more I’ve learned things over the years, the easier it is for my mind to reel with possibilities.

  • Elizabethtown photographer part of Governor's Derby Exhibit

    Elizabethtown photographer David Toczko is among 26 artists selected to participate in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit at the Capitol Rotunda through May 10.

    Toczko’s entry, “Fulling Mill Falls,” depicts a waterfall.

    The Kentucky Arts Council coordinated the spring-themed show that includes paintings, lithographs and photographs. It is part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration.

    Toczko’s work was selected from more than 200 entries.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Pork with Parsnips and Pears

    A couple of months ago, one of my co-workers, Sarah Berkshire, was talking about this recipe that she was going to have for supper that night. It was Pork with Parsnips and Pears, and it was a crockpot recipe, so it was cooking while she was working. It sounded so good, that I asked her for the recipe.

    She told me later, that although the recipe says you can cook it on the high-heat setting for 5½ to 6 hours, it was much better when she tried cooking it overnight for 11 to 12 hours on the low-heat setting.

  • Former 'American Idol' contestant special guest at concert

    A variety of musical acts, including an “American Idol” contestant and a co-star from a Conway Twitty musical, will kick off the sixth season of Glen Rice Family and Friends Musical Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday.

    The concert will be held at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School and features music including country, gospel, oldies, Elvis, bluegrass, jazz, classical and original compositions.