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  • 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.

  • 'Source Code' is a relief from mediocrity

    Making its way through the mediocrity of March and April film releases, "Source Code" is a refreshing relief.

    Jake Gyllenhaal ("Love and Other Drugs") plays a soldier who is taken through the Source Code to try to find a bomber responsible for a train explosion and to prevent a second, deadlier bomb in Chicago.

    Because this is a whodunit story with a science-fiction twist, everything isn’t exactly what it seems.

  • Theater paves yellow brick road to recovery

    A chalked yellow brick road leading to the ticket booth Saturday at the Historic State Theater will be part of the “The Road to Recovery” for 3-year-old Addison Jo Blair.

    The 2 p.m. Saturday matinee showing of “The Wizard of Oz” will include a collection box in the lobby for those wishing to donate to Blair, who is battling cancer.

    Tickets for the movie are $5.

    Blair has been the focus of numerous fund-raising events in the area. “The Wizard of Oz” is Blair’s favorite movie.

  • Playhouse actors dig into 'Agnes of God'

    "Agnes of God" is not an easy play, the cast members admitted. It’s difficult to watch and often difficult to act but sometimes, they said, difficult is necessary.

    The play, written by John Pielmeier, centers on Dr. Martha Livingston, Mother Miriam Ruth and Sister Agnes, played by Hardin County Playhouse actors Kerrie Lewis, Dee Corkran and Kaity Paschetto respectively.

  • A Dash of Class: One of Hardin County's finest cooks

    I have been privileged to feature so many outstanding cooks in my column, and today is certainly no exception. Hardin County natives will remember The Park Drive In Restaurant was in what is now Domino’s Pizza and Good n’ Handy Grocery was across the street. The person I am honoring today was an integral part of The Park Drive In Restaurant, Mrs. Paul Ella Bogue, as it was owned by Mr. and Mrs. Bogue. It later became a Tastee Freeze and then Domino’s.