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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Is my present more important than my past? I saw that statement on a Facebook post and it got the wheels of my mind turning.

    When I look back at my past, I really don’t think it is that bad, but of course it is my past and I might be too soft on myself.

    Yes, my past — like most people who are honest with themselves — is filled with good and bad, highs and lows, secrets, truths, half truths and no truth, joy, pain, happy tears, sad tears and those tears that come for no reason at all.

  • Is my present more important than my past? I saw that statement on a Facebook post and it got the wheels of my mind turning.

    When I look back at my past, I really don’t think it is that bad, but of course it is my past and I might be too soft on myself.

    Yes, my past — like most people who are honest with themselves — is filled with good and bad, highs and lows, secrets, truths, half truths and no truth, joy, pain, happy tears, sad tears and those tears that come for no reason at all.

  • 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.

  • It all started with a Friday morning email at 9:36 with an attachment from nearly a thousand miles away.

    Whenever I get an email from John St. Germain, I know it is going to be pretty good. This one didn’t disappoint.

    On the attachment was a patch that we won for finishing second in a summer baseball tournament in Quebec back in 1977. Opening it rushed back a flood of memories from that one tournament, a few games among dozens over a lifetime.

  • When trying to find a recipe idea in a pinch, I go to two places. One is the pantry to see what I have on hand and the other is the Internet to look for recipes built with those ingredients.

    On a recent snow day, I found a couple of great recipes to make out of crackers with ingredients you may have around the house. They’re a perfect snack.

    The first is a recipe from the Mingus family, collectively known as the Mingi. The dish was brought to a New Year’s gathering earlier this year and was delicious.

  • It is an honor to introduce you to this week’s “One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks.” Since I started this feature, I don’t believe I have ever had anyone as young as this lady.

  • The writing group I facilitate, which meets twice a month in Elizabethtown, hasn’t met since last year.

    Mother Nature is largely to blame for the cancellations. Out of the five meetings scheduled in the past two and half months at the Hardin County Public Library in Elizabethtown, three of them were canceled because of weather. One was canceled when the library was closed for a holiday and because of a staff development day at the library.