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Today's Features

  • By RON BENNINGFIELD

    Recent scores released on EXPLORE and PLAN tests show LaRue County students are on track to be ready for college coursework by the time they graduate high school.

    EXPLORE is given to all eighth-grade public school students and PLAN is administered to all 10th-grade students in Kentucky each September. The assessments, precursors to the ACT college entrance exam given to all public high school juniors in the state each March, test knowledge in English, math, reading and science.

  • When you’ve had a hard week, sometimes all you want is a little bit of comfort food. Something that’s freshly cooked, warm and tastes like home. The king of comfort food is meatloaf.

    After a couple rough weeks, I searched the Internet for a new meatloaf recipe. In the past, I’ve made several varieties including traditional, Italian, cheeseburger and barbecue.

    This time around I found a recipe for Stove Top Stuffing Meatloaf.

  • A Central Hardin High School student has turned a love of animals into a career-building experience.

    Shelby Highbaugh heads to Helmwood Veterinary Clinic every afternoon to spend part of her school day working in and learning about the field of veterinary medicine. Highbaugh is a co-op student and a senior at Central Hardin High School.

    She has worked at the clinic since the beginning of the school year. She wanted to pursue veterinary science and the experience would ensure that this was the field in which she wanted to work.

  • Several members of the Woman’s Club of Elizabethtown recently visited the Fort Knox Soldier and Family Assistance Center on Fort Knox. This unit is for soldiers in transition as they heal to return to duty or transition back into their civilian communities. The staff helps with location information and resources, developing and implanting a plan of action, keeping their expectations realistic and helping access support systems at various locations and levels.

  • Denny’s Manager Jessee Hawkins, right, presents a $559 donation to Adopt Me Please Rescue Director Dr. Brenda Luther. Denny’s employees sponsored a fundraiser and proceeds will assist with transport, vetting and food for rescued animals from pounds that euthanize.

  • Jessi Clemons and her Buff Body Bootcampers donate $218 to Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland for their 218 pounds lost in the Greg and Hollie Pound for Pound Challenge.

  • Dora Coyne of Rineyville will celebrate her 90th birthday at 3 p.m. Feb. 17, 2013, at Mount Zion Baptist Church, 350 Mount Zion Road in Elizabethtown. The celebration is a surprise.

    In case of inclement weather, the celebration will be at 3 p.m. Feb. 23.

    Please, no gifts, cards only.

  • Melvin Ray and Jennie Lee Jenkins Cromwell will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 16, 2013, at Mission Resource Center, formerly Sonora Elementary School, behind First Baptist Church in Sonora.

    The celebration is being hosted by their two sons, Derek Cromwell of Berrien Springs, Mich., and Brian Cromwell of Princeton, Texas.

    All friends and relatives are invited to attend. Please, no gifts.

  • For a single person, Valentine’s Day is about as fun as getting your teeth pulled.

    Even though it’s kind of a non-holiday, it’s treated like the most romantic day of the year. Insert gagging noises here.

    But my point isn’t to berate or belittle Valentine’s Day; it’s to let all the single ladies out there know you’re not alone.

    The trap many women fall into, especially if they are feeling lonely on a day like Valentine’s Day, is they go out looking for someone rather than the one.

  • It’s Valentine’s Day and as far as movies are concerned chick flicks rule the day.

    There’s no shortage of Valentine’s movie marathon material. I prefer a good, old-fashioned romantic comedy rather than a dramatic tear jerker. Here are some suggestions, starting with a few classics.