• Ex-cop comedian charged with providing laughs

    An ex-police officer hopes his audience will be arrested with laughter when he appears on stage at 8 p.m. today at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown.

    Comedian Mike Armstrong of Crestwood, a former police officer, will headline the night of comedy. Armstrong has been featured on Comedy Central, NBC and National Public Radio, among other outlets.

    Also included in tonight’s show are C.J. Harlow and Chris Crowder.

    Tickets for the show are $10 and can be purchased in advance by calling (270) 234-8258 or at the door beginning at 7 pm.

  • Poetry solicited for contests held by The Heartland Review


    Those with a poetic flair have until the postmark deadline of March 1 to enter The Heartland Review’s 2012 Joy Bale Boone Poetry Prize competition.

    The Heartland Review is a literary publication of Elizabethtown Community and Technical College.

    First place winner will receive $350, second place receives $150 and third place receives $75.

    The tax-deductible contribution of $10 is requested per three poems entered.

  • Columnist's interest isn't normal; it's paranormal

    In the past few weeks, I haven’t had a ghost of a chance at being bored.
    Yeah, that was a bad attempt at a paranormal-related pun.
    You see, this has been a particularly busy time for paranormal events and other related activity. Since the end of January, stars from three national TV shows — including one for which I was interviewed on-camera — have visited downtown Elizabethtown, and last weekend I was part of an investigation near Louisville with a paranormal investigation group I recently joined — yep, that makes two now.

  • And the Oscar goes to....

    Sunday night, Hollywood and all its glamour is on display for the 84th annual Academy Awards with Billy Crystal returning as host.
    This might be the first year in a long time I have caught most of the work nominated for best picture. One I didn’t see, “The Artist,” has picked up a lot of hardware from other awards in the industry including three Golden Globes and extensive recognition from critics and film festivals. The black and white, silent film is one of the frontrunners this year.

  • Oscar nominees

    Best Picture
    "The Artist"
    "The Descendants"
    "Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close"
    "Midnight in Paris"
    "The Help"
    "War Horse"
    "The Tree of Life"

  • Elizabethtown native releases first CD

    Nov. 11, 2011, was a significant date for a few reasons for Elizabethtown native Lisa Oliver-Gray.

    Besides the unique 11-11-11 date, it was the day Oliver-Gray, who now lives in Nashville, officially released her first CD, “Dedicated to Love.”

    And it was a date with a personal meaning.

    “It was my birthday, so I had to do something,” she said.

  • 'Vow' to save this one for a girls' night out

    The weekend before Valentine’s Day had one romantic offering in theaters, “The Vow.” Poor Channing Tatum (“Dear John”) has lady problems again, much like every romantic drama he’s in.

    This time around he’s madly in love with his wife, Paige (Rachel McAdams, “Midnight in Paris”), who doesn’t remember him after suffering a brain injury in a car accident. Instead, her memory goes back to a time before she met him and a life she had abandoned years before but can’t remember why.

  • Remembering a melodic yet tragic life

    The music world was saddened this week with the news of Whitney Houston’s death. A life of amazing musical talent tainted by addiction and regret ended early at age 48.

    Since then, there have been musical tributes, fellow pop artists interviewed on TV and analyst picking through every aspect of her life.

    She’s a picture of how it can all go so well and then spiral into tragic wrong. Houston is yet another lesson that money and fame do not bring happiness.

  • Bands come together for Kori Skaggs

    Fans of live music and friends of Kori Skaggs can catch four local bands Friday at 3 Putt Willie’s in Elizabethtown.

    After an acoustic show at 6 p.m., bands Vinal, Diamondback, Resin8 and Stone the Crow plays until midnight, providing a mix of country and old and new rock ’n’ roll music, said Bill Ridge, of 3 Putt Willie’s. Skaggs’ favorite genre was country, he said, and the bands will play a lot of her favorite songs.

    Skaggs, an Elizabethtown resident, died Feb. 2. She was 27.

  • PC & The Final Verdict returns to the State Theater

    PC & The Final Verdict will be back for a repeat performance at the Historic State Theater in Elizabethtown. The band plays at 8 p.m. Saturday.

    PC, or Paul Carver, is an Ohio native and a left-handed guitarist who leads the band as they play classic R&B, jazz and Motown. The group’s set is a mix of original music plus classics like “Mustang Sally” and “Brick House.”

    Besides PC on vocals and guitar, the band is made up of Tom Peterson on bass, Sonny Talbert on keyboards and Vince Desalvo on drums.