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Wednesday's Woman

  • Historical West Point site is 20-year focus for volunteer

    Fort Duffield, a Civil War site in West Point, has many supporters and one of its longtime friends is Connie Morris.

    Morris, who is from southwestern Jefferson County, has been the secretary of the Fort Duffield Heritage Committee for 20 years.

    “I’m the paper side of Fort Duffield,” Morris said. “The paper side and the publicity.”

  • Lauren Kinser, teaching and learning in Romania

    Lauren Kinser is having the experience of a lifetime this summer.

    The 21-year-old Elizabethtown native is in Romania working with orphaned children through Home of Hope.

    A Bonner Scholar at Lindsey Wilson College, she always wanted to go to Romania but never made plans for it. About a month ago, she got a call and was asked if money wasn’t an issue how serious was she about going there.

    She said she would be on the next flight.

  • Speakers With Spark: Time in a bottle

    By Susan Rider

    What would you pay if you could go to the store and purchase a bottle of time? What would you do with it and how much more would you value time? If time in a bottle was $5 per minute, how would that change your day?

  • Artist immerses herself on stage, behind the scenes

    Claire Allen knows her way around a stage.

    Not only has Allen acted upon that stage for Hardin County Playhouse, she also has painted sets and worked in various roles behind the scenes.

    “I painted several sets before I started acting,” Allen said.

    Additionally, Allen is president of the HCP board of directors. She has been a member of the board since late 2008.

    Allen recalled that first role as part of an ensemble in an HCP production of “The Sound of Music.”

    “I was a nun,” Allen said.

  • A family that serves together and sings together

    Getting to know Tanya, Holly and Xela:
    What they do together: Music, serving and family time.
    Ages: 55, 37 and 14
    Movie they watch together: “The Color Purple”
    Pets: Xela has a dog and two cats
    Mealtime: The family loves to get together for big meals on special occasions

    For one local family, mother and daughter togetherness is a part of work and play.

    Tanya Thomas works with her daughter, Holly Brim, and Brim sings with her daughter, Xela Klockow.

  • Christy Pritchard sees the present through the lens of the past

    Christy Pritchard looks toward the future with knowledge from the past in her work as an archaeologist and while volunteering with the Elizabethtown Heritage Council.

    She is the archaeology project manager for the Kentucky office of Brockington and Associates and on the board of directors of the Heritage Council.

  • Volunteer service 'snowballs' from requirement to passion for Elizabethtown woman

    About three years ago, as she worked toward her degree in psychology and social work, Elizabethtown resident Melinda Riddle began volunteering at Helping Hand of Hope to complete required community service hours.

    In her words, the 20-hour community service requirement “kind of snowballed.”

    “It kind of got me that there was so much to be done and not enough hands to do it,” Riddle said.

    The realization made her want to continue to volunteer, she said.

  • Bettye Mae Raymer, cruising through a life of commitments

    Inspiration: Mother
    Pets: One dog (Pepper) and one cat (Smoky)
    Hobbies: Kayaking and Crusing in her classic car

     

     

    The fire-engine red 1967 Chevrolet Chevelle Supersport looked like it just rolled out of a showroom minutes before. Its reflective chrome bumper showed no signs of rust and the hardtop maintained its deep black finish, almost as if it never saw the elements. And it runs just as beautifully as it looks.

  • Ross plans mission trip to honor her mother

    Rhonda Ross is planning to write the next chapter in her life that includes a mission trip as a way to honor her mother, who died last November.

    Born in Elizabethtown, Ross makes her home in Sonora in LaRue County and remembers developing a love for writing and storytelling.

    “Mom always wrote poems,” Ross said.

    Ross said she enjoyed hearing and telling stories and began journaling at a young age.

    “I never considered myself a writer,” she said.

  • Valerie Hicks gardens at the family homestead and in community

    Getting to know Valerie Hicks:
    Hobbies: Gardening, travel, hanging out with friends
    Movie: “The Wizard of Oz”
    TV: “The Big Bang Theory”
    Favorite flowers: peonies and zinnias  

     

     

    Master Gardener Valerie Hicks pours most of her free time into gardening. She admits her garden isn’t always perfect but she likes it that way.