Today's Features

  • The old view of the librarian is busted in the modern library.

    “We don’t just stamp books anymore,” said Jan O’Daniel, library media specialist at John Hardin High School.

    O’Daniel said she rarely touches books with all her other roles and has to make a conscious effort to cling to the role of someone who makes book recommendations to students because she wants to stay in contact with the students.

  • Jen Lancaster, a New York Times bestselling author, appears at 6:30 p.m. today at Barr Memorial Library in Fort Knox.

    Lancaster has sold more than 1 million books including “Bitter is the New Black,” “Such a Pretty Fat,” “Pretty in Plaid” and “My Fair Lazy.”

    Other works by Lancaster include the novel “If You Were Here” and the memoir “Jeneration X.”

  • “Here Comes the Boom”
    Rated PG for bouts of MMA sports violence, some rude humor and language.
    Runtime: 105 minutes
    Release date: Oct. 12
    Rating: Not great but not bad


    After suffering through “Paul Blart Mall Cop” a few years ago, I wasn’t thrilled about seeing “Here Comes the Boom,” expecting the same level of stupidity.

    When I left the movie I was surprised, but only slightly.

  • A little girl often thinks her daddy is the most amazing man on the planet. She looks to him for advice, protection, guidance and what team to follow in sports.

    My dad was the most amazing man on the planet. He was the strongest man I ever knew in both physical strength and in his faith.

    I lost him this month to a farming accident. I cannot even explain the hole his absence has left but I can tell you a little bit about the man I called Daddy.

  • If you think the only things you can do with a pumpkin are carve it or make a pie then you’ve been missing out on some pumpkin deliciousness.

    Some of my favorite fall desserts come from a pumpkin and the possibilities are endless. My grandmother always supplies pumpkin pies for family gatherings, but sometimes I like to get a little creative.

  • Ancestral Trails Historical Society met earlier this month, when Carl Howell presented a program on “Post Offices and Post Marks.” He said there are 7,730 post offices in Kentucky, mentioning several in Hardin County and the years they opened and closed. The years of 1905 to 1915 were the golden years for post cards. Beverly Heath will presented the program at the next meeting, Nov. 2. She will discuss when LaRue County went dry, alcohol in a dry county and moonshine.

  • Barbara and Charles “Mac” Bewley of Rineyville will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Florida.

    They were married Oct. 20, 1962, at Severns Valley Baptist Church by the Rev. Verlin C. Kruschwitz.

    Mr. Bewley is retired from Gates Rubber Company and Ace Hardware. Mrs. Bewley is employed at The Turning Point.

    They have three children, Steven and Chris Bewley of Rineyville and Robin Deaton of Lexington; and three grandchildren.

  • In my job as an adviser at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, I meet with hundreds of students each semester.

    Sometimes they just need me to put them in a class because a quirk in the self-service system prevented them from doing so themselves.

    Other times they have a question about what’s covered in the Women’s Literature class. Or they want to know which science classes have labs.

    But often these advising appointments are more far-ranging.

  • On a small tobacco farm in Eastview, Rita Wooden’s father put her on a tractor when she was 12 years old. Today, at 55, farming is in her blood.

    “There’s never a time when I feel closer to God than when I’m out in the field on a tractor,” she said. Wooden’s favorite tractor is one she calls “the beast.”

    She once told her sister-in-law she would never marry a farmer.

    “Boy, have I had to eat those words,” Wooden said.

  • Food in the fall often means baking something with apples.

    An apple pie with a big scoop of ice cream is a standard dessert in the fall. But there are variations on the apple pie that are just as delicious and remain as easy as the original. One of my favorite things to eat in fall is caramel apples. When I found a recipe that basically was a caramel apple in the form of pie, I just had to try it.