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Today's Features

  • When the Fourth of July is celebrated, food tends to come in shades of red, white and blue. It happens with everything, but most often in desserts and snacks.

    Cupcakes in a Jar and Firecracker Cakeletts both are cute ideas for July Fourth. But with the second treat it helps to pay close attention to the recipe.

    The first is an easy twist on a cupcake. After dividing the cake mix and tinting it, I recommend adding small layers to the jars. On a few, I put in too much cake mix and the small cakes overflowed the lip of the jar when the cakes rose.

  • I have known today’s One of Hardin County’s Finest Cooks since she was a teenager raised in Colesburg. Later, when she started dating one of my husband’s former students, they would stop by for visits and we grew close to them.

    This month’s honoree is Celia Ryan Thomas who is married to local veterinarian, Dr. Mike Thomas.

  • Jay DuPlessis, who will be a senior at Elizabethtown High School, wears many hats in his life. Soccer, Eagle Scouts, history and faith all come together to complete DuPlessis.

    He’s done it all without letting a stutter in his speech get in the way.

    The upcoming seasons will be his third as manager of the EHS girls soccer team and fourth year managing  basketball.

    “I love being around the players,” he said.

  • Depot Tavern hosts Vine Grovestock this weekend, which features live music Friday and Saturday.

    Dave Mason, owner of the Meade County tavern, said he hosted a similar event last year called Meadestock but opted to have the festival during the Fourth of July weekend this year as a birthday celebration for America.

    The Redstone Band hits the stage at 7 p.m. Friday and three bands — Judea Band, After Hours Rockers and Bobbie Stew Band — play between 3 p.m. and midnight Saturday.

  • Whether he’s donning a badge or an apron, 47-year-old Roger Ramsey’s work is about serving others.

    Ramsey is an officer with Elizabethtown Police Department and runs a catering business.

    He wanted to be a police officer since he was a boy growing up in Rineyville.

    At age 6 he saw a car crash near his house. Two state troopers worked the wreck.

    “They had great big pretty cars and nice uniforms and I thought, ‘Wow, that’s what I want to do,’” he said.

  • The smell of fresh rain lingered in the air as Judge Kelly Mark Easton stood beneath the cover of a tree June 10 on Fort Hill. He watched as a University of Kentucky researcher pushed a four-wheeled radar device across the thick grass of the cemetery at Fort Duffield.

    “It’s not very exciting to watch,” said Philip Mink, an archaeologist and anthropologist with UK. “It’s like mowing the grass.”

  • The smell of fresh rain lingered in the air as Judge Kelly Mark Easton stood beneath the cover of a tree June 10 on Fort Hill. He watched as a University of Kentucky researcher pushed a four-wheeled radar device across the thick grass of the cemetery at Fort Duffield.

    “It’s not very exciting to watch,” said Philip Mink, an archaeologist and anthropologist with UK. “It’s like mowing the grass.”

  • By DONNY GILL

    Americans look forward to summer vacations, camping, family reunions, picnics and especially our nation’s birthday on the Fourth of July. Summertime, however, brings fires and injuries caused by fireworks and outdoor grills.

    According to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, every year nearly 10,000 Americans are injured by fireworks and almost 5,000 are injured by charcoal, wood-burning and propane grill fires.

  • Dr. Richard Kyle Wheeling and Catherine Alexandra Hieronymus were married June 8, 2013, at The Barn at Cedar Grove in Greensburg. A reception followed.

    The groom is the son of Richard and Scarlett “Scottye” Wheeling of Elizabethtown.

    The bride is the daughter of Gayle Hieronymus of Prestonburg and the late Charles Hieronymus.

  • Dr. and Mrs. Brian C. Hammer of Elizabethtown announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Kelsie Renee, to Stephen Thomas Hamilton Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Thomas Hamilton Sr. of Bardstown.

    The bride-to-be is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Hammer and Mr. and Mrs. William Clayton of Elizabethtown. She is a 2009 graduate of Western Kentucky University and is a teacher at Cox’s Creek Elementary School.