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Today's Features

  • “Romeo + Juliet” director Baz Luhrmann puts the pages of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel on screen for the summer movie season in “The Great Gatsby.”

    While I’m always a fan of literature in film, “Gatsby” is not the happiest of stories. It’s not what you would call an entertaining time at the movies. Instead, it expresses the central theme that money and decadence can’t make someone happy or make dreams come true.

  • It’s strange how we build such complicated lives even though the most enjoyable things in life are quite simple.

    We have houses too spacious to keep clean and appliances that mimic those in the kitchens of gourmet restaurants. But a crisp set of Downy-scented bed sheets or a window open to spring’s breeze brings an indulgent, satisfied smile just as quickly.

  • Between ordering a cap and gown and the ceremony invitations, senior year can seem to revolve around graduation. But much of the year is devoted to students selecting the next step to take after walking the line.

    With graduation behind many of the local students, now is the time they begin preparing for the next phase of their lives. Graduates will take many paths, including attending college, enlisting in the military or entering the workforce.

  • Ancestral Trails Historical Society President Steve Rafferty presented a program on family resources when doing genealogy at the club’s May meeting. Recommended resources were the Bible, diaries, photos, scrapbooks and family members.

    The June program will be presented by Steve Lindsey on John LaRue Helm, the forgotten benefactor of Elizabethtown.

  • As I grow older, I lose the excitement I once had as a child to go camping. Going camping in a camper still has an appeal and being outdoors always is a refreshing feeling. The popping sound and the warm glow of a campfire also are a bonus.

    But sleeping on the ground in a tent with no bathroom loses its luster when your body aches and back pain comes into play. Ah, to be young again.

    Some of the fun of camping in is the food. Of the foods linked to camping, s’mores top the list.

  • From running track to a career in officiating, teacher Patty Rouse’s life is a race she likes running.

    She started in track and field as a fifth-grader in Fleming County. Before her family moved to Kentucky, she was raised on chicken farms in Arkansas. In Arkansas she participated in barrel racing and horseback riding.

  • I feel like a failure as a mother.

    I mean, that’s really nothing new at this point. But specifically, now, I feel like a failure as a mother because I allow my son to spend entirely too much time parked in front of a screen.

  • On April 23, more than 400 leaders of the Kentucky Retired Teachers Association attended the 45th annual state convention in Louisville. This year’s theme was “Making Your Membership Count.” Issues discussed included public pensions, legislation, Kentucky history, education and humor.

    The keynote speaker at the afternoon session was Gary Griesser, motivational speaker and storyteller, who shared his “Proud to be an American” presentation.

  • Penny Lickert, Lorraine Walker, Vera Davenport, Judy Dukes, Jennifer Whited, Nancy Schramm and Olivia Kizinkiewicz, members of The Crown Jewels, celebrate Derby with a party.

  • Mrs. Ray Story presents Kierra Priest, North Hardin High School senior, the fifth annual Ray Story Memorial Scholarship on May 7. Kierra plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University to major in criminal justice.