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Today's Features

  • Michelle West, a representative of Lowe’s Home Improvement Center in Elizabethtown, was the guest speaker at the March 6 meeting of the Elizabethtown Lions Club. She spoke on behalf of the Muscular Dystrophy Association, seeking the club’s support of their fundraising drive. She mentioned many ways in which funds help children and adults stricken by the debilitating diseases that fall under the umbrella of muscular dystrophy, and the importance of seeking cures through research.

  • Recently the 2012 Hardin County Young Farmers State winners were announced. 2012 Kentucky Young Farmer Member of the Year is Kerby Grey; Ag. Mechanics Proficiency Contest, Drew Langley, third place; Farm Management Contest, Josh Seagraves, first place and Nathan Highbaugh, tied for second place; Rural Leadership Award, Mark Thomas, second place; Wheat Production, Patrick Preston, first place; White Corn Production, Phillip Rogers, first place; and Diversified Crop Production, Mark Thomas, second place.

  • More than 18 brave individuals took part in the first Penguin Plunge to help provide Hardin County students with Junior Achievement’s financial literacy programs. The event raised more than $9,114.

    Teams and individuals took a plunge for the Penguin Plunge on March 3 at the Bluegrass Cellular headquarters in Elizabethtown.

    In 2011-12, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana will serve more than 1,000 students in Hardin County.

  • 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.