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Today's Features

  • Ella Mae Brooks opened Brooks’ General Store in downtown Sonora in 1961.

    The current name of the business gives a nod to that beginning: Brooks’ General Store Cafe.

    The cafe business got its start with Brooks. She made the family’s meals in the kitchen in the back of the store because they lived nearby, said Delores Copelin, her daughter. Customers would ask if they could buy a plate. She began the cafe in earnest when the truck stops opened.

  • FOR MORE INFORMATION: To learn more about the lampwork glass beads made by Vine Grove resident Denise Lemke, visit caravancreations.net.

    Near an open flame in the kitchen of her Vine Grove residence, Denise Lemke held a stick-like implement known as a mandrel in one hand and a glass rod in the other.

    She drew the rod to the fire provided by an oxygen propane torch until the glass melted and carefully wrapped the material onto the mandrel, which she twirled.

    “This is a hobby you have to be very patient with,” Lemke said.

  • “Divergent”
    Rated PG-13 for intense violence and action, thematic elements and some sensuality.
    Release date: March 21
    Runtime: 139 minutes
    Rating: Nothing new

    If “Twilight” and “The Hunger Games” were not enough, we now have a new film series based on teenage-themed books. The first of that film series, “Divergent,” hit theaters last week.

  • Susan Figg has taken care of Elizabethtown’s children for 45 years.

    Over those decades, Figg has worked in preschool, daycare, church nurseries and private child care.

    But that wasn’t her original goal.

    After high school she went to business college in Louisville and did modeling work on the side. Her intention was to work in business administration.

    Her husband, Daryl, joined the U.S. Air Force and the couple was stationed in England for four years.

  • Steve Stewart has left his mark around Hardin County in ways both tangible and intangible.

    The manager of the American Legion Hardin Post 113 is an Army veteran who retired from the military in 1995 and later earned an engineering degree. He was the construction boss and site manager for Funtopia playground at American Legion Park in Elizabethtown.

    Additionally, he designed the American Legion building at 1251 Ring Road, where he works.

    Stewart also provides moral support to soldiers.

  • What do three bankers and a guy named Banks do in their spare time? Form a band, of course.

    Chris Buchanan, Charles DeRoche, Matt Neel and Pat Banks make up the local band Poor Man’s Grave.

    While their photos resemble those of many folk bands, they started out that way, but morphed into something louder and more electric, according to Buchanan, lead vocalist and acoustic guitar player.

  • A few years ago, when the St. Vincent de Paul Society in Elizabethtown did not have a thrift store, Judy Banks suggested one be established.

    It was in the fall of 2011 when Banks, who has volunteered for the organization for more than six years, said she told organization members she hoped her proposal would be turned down.

    “Of course, they wanted to do this,” Banks said.

    Fundraising began with appeals for donations of $1,000. Banks wanted to model the Elizabethtown thrift store after an upscale one she had seen.

  • Through his job at Belk department store and visits to schools, Mason Smoot wants to help people gain more confidence by helping them dress well.

    “A lot of times kids want to dress in today’s trends and styles that are not always conducive to job interviews,” Smoot said.

    He volunteers to go to schools to teach young men how to dress well for future jobs. He teaches them how to tie ties, match shirts with pants and, because they often don’t have a lot of money, shows them how to make multiple outfits out of two or three items of clothing.

  • Dina Hackert may only have recently stepped into a coaching role in Meade County, but she’s had a long history with the sport of basketball and a heart for ministry.

    Hackert is a Meade County High School graduate whose basketball team went to the state tournament during her career. While at Hope College, her team won a NCAA Division III national championship in 1990.

    She’s coached at a variety of levels in Michigan, from varsity girls to middle school. Hackert and her husband, Jeff, also are ordained ministers.

  • White Mills

    Terri Spencer, 270-862-4604

    Finally it seems as if spring is ready to get here. I have returned from Missouri safe and sound and have been keeping really busy since coming home. As you will see as you continue reading the article today, things are getting busy in many of the areas around us. I love it because it means summer is revving up and all the great things that come with it. Thanks to all who took the time to notify me of upcoming events.