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Wednesday's Woman

  • Dina Hackert balances faith, family and basketball

    Dina Hackert may only have recently stepped into a coaching role in Meade County, but she’s had a long history with the sport of basketball and a heart for ministry.

    Hackert is a Meade County High School graduate whose basketball team went to the state tournament during her career. While at Hope College, her team won a NCAA Division III national championship in 1990.

    She’s coached at a variety of levels in Michigan, from varsity girls to middle school. Hackert and her husband, Jeff, also are ordained ministers.

  • Got To Be Real: Your past is gone, but your present is a gift

    Is my present more important than my past? I saw that statement on a Facebook post and it got the wheels of my mind turning.

    When I look back at my past, I really don’t think it is that bad, but of course it is my past and I might be too soft on myself.

    Yes, my past — like most people who are honest with themselves — is filled with good and bad, highs and lows, secrets, truths, half truths and no truth, joy, pain, happy tears, sad tears and those tears that come for no reason at all.

  • Volunteer seeks to encourage others to volunteer

    Cheri Ellis-Reeves of Elizabethtown has found a passion in volunteering and she encourages others to do the same.

    She credits teamwork with playing an important role in what she does.

    “We all work together here,” the Elizabethtown resident said, as she visited Helping Hand of Hope’s Elizabethtown office.

    The organization, which also has an office in Radcliff, offers assistance to those in need. Among other things, Helping Hand of Hope provides food and clothing, financial assistance and job readiness training.

  • Speakers With Spark: Make a commitment for love of a child

    Recently, going through an airport, I saw a poster of a beautiful little girl around 4, saying, “All I want for Christmas is a family.” It was an effective marketing tool because it touched my heart.

    There are many people wanting to adopt and many children waiting for someone to love them. Bless those who can find the place and time in their lives to give this little girl the best present of her life. Not everyone can adopt, but there are many children who just need someone to be their voice.

  • Sallie Potts doesn't let tragedy keep her down

    Vine Grove’s Sallie Potts had a life-changing experience in 2009.
    She was hit head-on by a drunken driver.

    “My life came to a dramatic change the evening of Nov. 30, 2009,” she said.

  • Motherhood and More: Emotions spin as Mom heads back to work

    I can’t call myself a stay-at-home mom anymore.

    You see, I got a real-live, brush-your-hair-every-day, leave-the-house type of job. And I’m so excited, so thrilled and so nervous.

  • Determined dreamer: Obstacles didn't create regrets for boutique owner

    Despite her share of trials, tribulations and tragedy, Truletta Thomas this month marked 41 years of operating Trudy’s Wig & Beauty Boutique, a beauty shop that once was just a dream.

    “It hasn’t been easy,” Thomas said of pursuing her dream. “My mom died when I was 9.”

  • Life or Something Like It: Winter shows its wonders

    Sure, I get that everyone’s tired of winter and ready for spring already.

    That we haven’t had this many below-freezing days in a row in years.
    That we had snow on the ground for almost two weeks.

    But the trees. They were absolutely spectacular.

    After freezing rain Feb. 4 coated trees with half an inch of ice, we were treated to a winter wonderland that rivaled any staged Christmas light show.

  • Lydia Payne helps one child at a time

    Lydia Payne’s focus is to make life better for area children.

    Some of what the 59-year-old does is through the Vine Grove Optimist Club, but she helped kids long before her move to Hardin County.

    At age 19, she left her hometown in Mississippi when she became a military wife. After having two kids, that marriage ended in divorce, but she met another military man, Daniel, and has been married to him for 30 years.

    When she met him, she only weighed 72 pounds and was anorexic.

  • Got to be Real: Don't miss the meaning of Black History Month

    For some, the month of February is just the second month of the year, a time to let your sweetie know how much you care, to worry if the groundhog saw his shadow, to get income taxes done and find out if you are getting a big, fat refund check.