• Remembering "our gentleman Pomeranian"

    Habits are reminders of how we expect things to be. We develop habits by training ourselves to perform certain actions in a certain environment under certain conditions.

    One day a couple weeks ago, when I got home from work, I retrieved two dog dishes to feed my two canine companions, Nanook and Tybalt. The problem was it had been a week and a half since I needed only one.

  • Former Vine Grove resident lands role on USA Network series

    A former Vine Grove resident and graduate of North Hardin High School has found his place among the stars.

    Sean Scarborough, 46, is an actor in Los Angeles who has a recurring role on the USA network series “Common Law.” The TV show focuses on two Los Angeles detectives, Travis Marks and Wes Mitchell, who have been work partners for seven years. The detectives are forced to undergo couples therapy when their bickering begins to interfere with their jobs.

    Scarborough plays Detective Dietz.

  • Elizabethtown organization receives Kentucky Arts Council grant

    The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded a grant of $4,165 to The Music & Arts Center of Cultural Learning in Elizabethtown.

    “This is our second time receiving a grant from them,” said Victor Collins, the center’s director.

    MACCL is among 104 recipients of grants totaling $1.7 million disbursed from the Kentucky Arts Partnership. The grant is for fiscal year 2013, and MACCL will get a portion of the grant in August, Collins said.

  • 'The Dark Knight Rises' is simply, unashamedly brilliant

    “The Dark Knight Rises”
    Rated PG-13 for intense sequences of violence and action, some sensuality and language
    Runtime: 164 min
    Release date: July 20
    Rating: Amazing



    Shrouded in mystery and now synonymous with tragedy, the finale of director Christopher Nolan’s Batman series rises above to be a piece of genius.

  • Kiddie cart provides cover for innocent shoplifter

    Parents must be careful what they write. First, your kids just are not as interesting to everyone else as they are to you. A hard truth, but the truth.

    And second — probably more important, too — some day when your little nuggets become Internet savvy, they will find every word you ever put down about them.

    I’m sorry, Quinn, but this is too good not to share.

    Little Quinn, my 3-year-old son, also known as The Hurricane, The Giggler and Quinny Monster, accompanied me to Kroger last week.

  • Historical Society offers presentation on young Kentuckian from War of 1812

    Sixteen-year-old Harry Smith is ready to tell a tale of war.

    But it’s not his story. It’s the story of Pvt. William Greathouse, a Kentucky militiaman who fought in the War of 1812.

    As a character with Kentucky Chautauqua, a historical program administered through the Kentucky Humanities Council, Smith provides a glimpse into the life of the young soldier. Smith will be the featured guest Monday when The Hardin County Historical Society holds its quarterly meeting in the Historic State Theater’s First Federal Gallery.

  • Donate used instruments for Barry Manilow tickets

    Barry Manilow’s Music Project hopes digging out and dusting off an old instrument is worth a couple tickets to see the singer in concert. 

    Bring a new or gently used musical instrument to The Louisville Palace box office in Louisville to receive two free tickets for Manilow’s July 27 concert. The instrument drop off is open between noon and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday or two hours prior to any show.

    With hits including “Mandy” and “Copacabana,” Barry Manilow’s career has spanned more than 40 years.

  • Stop the madness, let kids' movies be for kids

    Something’s happening in children’s films that is hard to swallow.

    For some reason, filmmakers feel they need to make children’s films more adult-like to appeal to parents and make more money. The logic, in and of itself, is madness. Children can’t come to the movies on their own, so their parents are stuck watching the child’s pick. Therefore there is no need to make it more adult to lure parents. They already are there.

    So the logic is rubbish.

  • 'Ice Age: Continental Drift' frigid yet fun

    “Ice Age: Continental Drift” doesn’t have groundbreaking or artistic animation, but it is a film the entire family can watch together.

    The “Ice Age” gang is on their fourth adventure, and this time Manny is not only separated from his family, but he and his friends encounter pirates on the icy seas.

    Scrat the prehistoric squirrel inadvertently causes the great continental divide by chasing an acorn to the Earth’s core, spinning it and causing the plates to divide into continents.

  • Fiddle competition, festivities come to Grayson County

    Grab your fiddle and head to Leitchfield this weekend for a festival showcasing Kentucky's bluegrass roots.

    The highlight of the two-day event is the Twin Lakes National Fiddler Championship.

    Other activities include a bluegrass band contest, clogging, jig and buck dancing, a car show and the Fiddle Queen Pageant, organizers said.

    The pageant is at 6 p.m. Friday and the rest of the events are Saturday. The fiddle contest begins at 10 a.m. on the courthouse square.