Today's Features

  • In some ways, Sondra Sells feels she was guided to become a massage therapist.

    “My mom had always wanted me to be in the health care field,” the Elizabethtown resident said, noting her mother hoped she would pursue a career as a nurse.

    Sells was 15 when her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. When it came time to choose a career, Sells went into retail, following in the footsteps of her father, who worked at area stores.

  • It’s a bit of a cliche now, what with the popularity of mommy blogs and everyone telling everything about their lives — myself included, to a point. But as a mom, especially a stay-at-home mom, I’m not really allowed to be sick.

    I’ve been dealing with a heck of a cold, full of coughing and sneezing and headaches and the need to spend the entire day laying down watching bad TV on Netflix. I’ve lost my voice, which I at first attributed to a late night, but it lingered longer than I thought it should have.

  • The Historic State Theater is going country Saturday as two area singers and Nashville hopefuls take the stage.

    Hannah Ellis of Campbellsville is headlining the event. The singer-songwriter sees her songs as pieces of herself put to music.

    “I love being able to put into words what I am feeling or going through,” she said. “Writing is definitely a great career move, but it is also very therapeutic.”

  • The Hardin County Chamber of Commerce recognizes students from area High Schools for their academic achievements and extracurricular activities by presenting them with an ABC (Academics Means a Better Community) Student of the Month Award. At the Jan. 8, Chamber luncheon Jesse Erin Giles from Elizabethtown High School received the award. Pictured are Mayor Greg Fischer, mayor of Louisville and luncheon guest speaker; Jesse Giles, ABC Student Award winner; and Carl Swope, president/CEO of Swope Family of Dealerships, this month’s ABC Sponsor.

  • Linda Leasor plays Santa’s helper at the First Dysfunctional Xmas Program held at Mystery Books and More on Dec. 20. The fundraising event included reading stories, piano music of traditional Christmas songs with dysfunctional words and Leasor handing out candy canes and acting out parts of the program. Food, popcorn, desserts and drinks were served. Proceeds will benefit Adopt Me Please Rescue.

  • “Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit”
    Rated PG-13 for sequences of violence and intense action and brief strong language.
    Release date: Jan. 17
    Runtime: 105 minutes
    Rating: Decent action flick

    Chris Pine (“Star Trek Into Darkness”) takes the reins as the fourth person to play the late Tom Clancy’s CIA hero Jack Ryan.

  • The William R. Burns Lodge No. 39 Fraternal Order of Police installed its executive board at the monthly meeting Jan. 9. From left, Jim Kirk, trustee; Rick Stickel, chaplain; Bill Hibdon, state trustee; Larry Meyer, trustee; Pat McElvaney, trustee; Karin Turner, secretary; Lee Booth, president; Roy Easter, vice president; and Adrienne Meyer, treasurer. Not pictured is Howard McKenzie, second vice president.

  • For Neal Gibbs, retirement launched a new focus on instilling leadership qualities in middle school students.

    Born in Brooklyn, and raised in North Carolina, a 27-year career in the Army brought Gibbs to Fort Knox. He was a 19 Delta Calvary Scout and retired as a first sergeant.

    Gibbs, 47, was preparing to retire from the Army while substitute teaching when a position teaching Junior Leadership Corps classes at North Middle School was created. The job, he said, sounded right up his alley.