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Today's Features

  • At 14, Xiaoyun Willoughby has endured struggles, but her thoughts often are on others rather than herself.

    Xiaoyun was born in the Guizhou providence in China. An orphan, she was placed with foster parents at a young age and stayed with them for nine years.

    She has scoliosis and was in great need of surgery.

    In China, once a child turns 14, he or she no longer is eligible for adoption. Xiaoyun was only months away from turning 14.

  • When the tornado sirens blare, not everyone runs for cover.

    It’s a sure bet Doug Finlay, Hardin County deputy emergency management director, will be in the thick of things.

    “The biggest part of my role is planning for disasters,” Finlay said.

    Part of the planning he does involves coordinating communication between various agencies, such as fire departments, search and rescue teams, and the sheriff’s department. Often it means setting up an emergency operations center at the Emergency Management Services building.

  • For Jennifer Pinto and Mariana Arce, 15-year-old freshmen at Elizabethtown High School, baking is a hobby they hope will lead to a business venture.

    Both have baked individually, helping their parents and making treats for their classmates. They have been baking together for about a year while preparing for their business, Cakes Galore.

    While they are perfecting their craft, they make cakes for their friends. They brainstorm ideas and Mariana, who likes art, will sketch the ideas.

    They love the television show “Cake Boss.”

  • Students at Hardin County Day Treatment is participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program, one of LLS’s national School & YouthPrograms that raises money to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma while providing information and support services to patients and their families. This is the second year that students have participated.

  • A new chapter of the Friends of the Library, a non-profit organization created to support and celebrate the Public Library of LaRue County, has been formed by a group of concerned citizens in Hodgenville.

    Lynn Claycomb, a long-time educator in the local school system, presides over LaRue County’s chapter which is affiliated with the state’s Friends of Kentucky Libraries.

  • I come from a family that likes to try new things. Several years ago, I decided to make a traditional Irish meal for St. Patrick’s Day and it is now a tradition.

    Each year’s meal usually includes shepherd’s pie and Irish soda bread, without raisins, but the sides and dessert often change. Often, my search for new recipes requires research and math. The research involves finding what foods are traditionally Irish and not an American invention, and math because if they are from websites in Ireland a little measurement conversion is needed.

  • In four days, those of us with Irish heritage like me, thanks to the Lasley brood, will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. As for the Sweats, we will be remembering our friend, Andy Zagar, who died six years ago on the day we will be wearing green.

    Even if your family is not Irish, plan an easy meal for your family. You don’t have to do the salad or the dessert, the stew and bread would be enough.

    “Erin go braugh,” which translates to “Ireland Forever.” Happy St. Patrick’s Day.

  • KANDAHAR Airfield, Afghanistan — Members of the 533rd Engineer Detachment, Forward Engineer Support Team-Main have completed 220 engineering projects in Afghanistan since deploying April 4 from Fort Knox. The count is continuing.

    Maj. Gen. Kendall P. Cox, commander of Transatlantic Division, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, praised team members March 1 at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan.

    “You guys are phenomenal. Completing 220 projects is huge,” Cox said.

  • Gerda Gardner of Radcliff and Tyrone Gardner of Fort Mitchell, Ala., announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Jessica M. Gardner, to Joshua M. Cooper, son of Patricia Cooper of Radcliff and Jerry Cooper of Greenville, Miss.

    The bride-to-be is a 2011 graduate of the University of Louisville with a bachelor’s degree in social work. She is pursuing a master’s degree in social work at U of L.

  • The following misdemeanor cases are found in Hardin District Court Division I in Elizabethtown. KAPS stands for Kentucky Alternative Programs. Totals include court costs and/or public advocacy fees. Birth year is in parenthesis.

    Robert T. Wheaton (1978). Theft by unlawful taking. Sixty days in jail probated for two years on conditions in the order. Total $255.

    Sherrie A. Smith (1962). Possess controlled substance. Twelve months in jail probated for two years on conditions in the order. Court costs waived.