Today's Features

  • The first day of the Hardin County Fair, July 9, opened with entries for the exhibits. The Lincoln Trail Area Master Gardeners were on hand for the vegetable and fruit entries with Amy Aldenderfer, horticulture agent, judging the winning entries. From left, Pat Stillwell, Valerie Hicks, Janet McDermott, Amy Aldenderfer, Norva Lark and Lisa Logsdon.

  • A simple no-bake cheesecake does not have to come out of a box.

    There are some easy cheesecake recipes that require few steps and ingredients that not only look great but taste great.

    A no-bake cheesecake with a chocolate chip cookie crust is one of those cheesecakes. Drool, if you wish, just from the description.

    The recipe calls for a crust that is basically a very large cookie. It suggests using your favorite chocolate chip cookie recipe but, since we are keeping it simple, use a tube of refrigerated cookie dough.

  • Something’s happening in children’s films that is hard to swallow.

    For some reason, filmmakers feel they need to make children’s films more adult-like to appeal to parents and make more money. The logic, in and of itself, is madness. Children can’t come to the movies on their own, so their parents are stuck watching the child’s pick. Therefore there is no need to make it more adult to lure parents. They already are there.

    So the logic is rubbish.

  • “Ice Age: Continental Drift” doesn’t have groundbreaking or artistic animation, but it is a film the entire family can watch together.

    The “Ice Age” gang is on their fourth adventure, and this time Manny is not only separated from his family, but he and his friends encounter pirates on the icy seas.

    Scrat the prehistoric squirrel inadvertently causes the great continental divide by chasing an acorn to the Earth’s core, spinning it and causing the plates to divide into continents.

  • I decided nine days ago what my column would be today.

    I decided five days ago as I hauled out the garbage under a lit up night sky of electricity that it would become a doubleheader about baseball and what it can be to dads and men like me.

    Best I can figure, I have coached baseball for 13 years. I even coached when I didn't have a son playing. So I have seen a lot of ball fields, a lot of games, a lot of great wins and even a few, even to this day, head-scratching losses.

  • Barbara Goodin Hunt holds a flat strand of reed under the stream of tap water, making sure to soak the entire length, which is maybe a bit more than a foot long.

    “You start with wet reed,” Hunt, 75, said, explaining the water makes the reed more pliable and prohibits breakage.

    Taking her place at a table in D.J.’s Antiques & More, Hunt deftly weaves the strand of reed over and under the framework of a basket.

    “When I first started, I was probably averaging one a week,” she said.

  • My husband, Chuck, and I pack our suitcases, hop in the Town and Country, and plug in the GPS even when we know where we’re going to visit friends in Tennessee or family in Georgia, Virginia and now South Carolina.

    Now that there’s just two of us, we no longer have to do the hyper-planning we once did to make sure we had enough non-perishable, non-messy snacks and things to do to keep small boys occupied. Those were the days before every vehicle with children on board was equipped with twin DVD players showing SpongeBob or favorite Disney movies.

    For LaRue County Schools

    In the 2002-03 school year, at LaRue County High School, only 3 percent of students with disabilities scored at the two highest levels — proficient and distinguished — on Kentucky’s statewide academic assessment in math. In reading, the percentage was only slightly higher, 7 percent.

    Results from the 2010-11 tests, however, showed significant increases in each area thanks in large part to a change in delivery of instruction to co-teaching.

  • A heartfelt thank you to some very caring and thoughtful individuals.

    Last Monday afternoon, Cathy and her daughter, Summer, stopped at my house to let me know that our side yard, along 1600, was on fire. I called 911, but someone had already alerted the fire department.