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Today's Features

  • My husband’s sister usually takes her Christmas tree down Dec. 26.

    When Christmas is over, it’s over, she says. Besides, the tree takes up space in her living room.

    Others I know devote New Year’s Day to packing up the decorations, a family project.

    Still others leave them up until Jan. 6, Three Kings Day, the 12th of the 12 days of Christmas.

    Me, I’m a Christmas extender.

    I’m not in a hurry to pack away the nutcrackers, the lights and the nativity scene.

  • Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 10281 recently donated to the Duke Brigade and Fort Knox Chapter of the National Infantry Association. The donation was to help support the biannual 3rd Brigade of the 1st Infantry Division Infantry Ball at Crowne Plaza Hotel in Louisville. The ball was held to build morale and comradeship between the soldiers and their supporters before their deployment to Afghanistan. Commander Butch Ferrell presents a $1,000 check to Terry Phillips, accepting for the brigade.

  • Radcliff Police Telecommunicator John Betner, second from right, completed a two-week Leadership 911 course, taught at Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training Center at Eastern Kentucky University. This course is designed to develop or enhance supervisory abilities.

  • Nine Patchers Quilt Guild members take a break from working on their opportunity quilt for the year. The quilt will be offered as a fundraiser for guild projects and programs. Seated from left, Cathy Garrett, Marsha Carlton, Judy Tennant, Linda Fringeli, opportunity quilt chairperson, Deanna Sharpe and Wanda Spalding; and standing, Cyndy Thompson, Linda Schofield and Jesse Horn. 

  • Amdist the sound of Zumba music and a tropical atmosphere, the Radcliff Woman’s Club set up a table at the Fifth Annual Health and Wellnes Expo on Jan. 5 at Colvin Community Center.

    Manned primarily by Emma Day, Maria Batistoni and Yvonne High, attendees who stopped at their table got a lesson on eating healthy.

    Day, the club’s home life chairman, said the display focused on confronting diabetes and obesity, two growing problems in America.

  • By RON BENNINGFIELD

    Under the Unbridled Learning assessment and accountability system, the main goal of schools and districts across Kentucky is to ensure that all students, when they graduate from high school, will be college or career ready.

    In order to determine how these schools and districts are accomplishing this goal, the Kentucky Department of Education requires each of them to develop and submit an annual comprehensive improvement plan.

  • Sometimes a girl just needs a little something Italian. At least this girl does.

    My favorite cookbook for recipes that are pretty simple is Giada De Laurentiis’ “Everyday Italian.” There are so many great dishes to choose from but Chicken Piccata is the choice for this adventure.

  • Winter is officially under way, that is, as of Dec. 21. When the threat of snow is forecast everyone starts thinking about having soup on hand for family dinners through the long cold months.

    While writing my cookbook, the publisher let me know that it was too long, especially the cake chapter — imagine that. As I shortened the cake chapter, I also had to cut the soup chapter completely, but today I have some recipes from Taste of Home and Family Circle magazines and some I found on the Internet that sound tasty.

  • Being born and raised on a dairy farm had a great influence on Upton resident Chris Hines, who pursued his passions of working and fishing as he got older, overcoming obstacles along the way.

    Hines is a professional fisherman, a city councilman and a business owner.

    “From a young age, I knew what hard work was,” said Hines, 38. “That was something instilled in me at a young age.”