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Wednesday's Woman

  • Compassion drives rewarding career

    Leslie Hall found the career she loved after her husband was assigned to Fort Knox. It’s a career that has led to an appointment to a state board.

    After completing a degree in psychology and biblical studies at Tennessee Temple University, Hall participated in an internship at the child abuse council in Georgia and found she enjoyed the social work aspect of what she did.

  • Life or Something Like It: Hang around, holidays

    My husband’s sister usually takes her Christmas tree down Dec. 26.

    When Christmas is over, it’s over, she says. Besides, the tree takes up space in her living room.

    Others I know devote New Year’s Day to packing up the decorations, a family project.

    Still others leave them up until Jan. 6, Three Kings Day, the 12th of the 12 days of Christmas.

    Me, I’m a Christmas extender.

    I’m not in a hurry to pack away the nutcrackers, the lights and the nativity scene.

  • Got to be Real: Holding tight to who you are

    By Shonna Sheckles

    Have you ever thought about what others might think of you? Do they think you might be too fat, too thin, too fair, too dark? In the large scheme of things, does what others think about you really matter?

  • Akers uses position at library to form lasting connections

    Rebekah Akers, 36, bound her love of books and her passion for community into her position as Adult and Public Services Librarian at the Hardin County Public Library.

    She always has loved libraries and some of her earliest memories include spending time in the college library near her childhood home in Berea.

    “I can still remember how it smells,” she said.

  • Debby Green: ‘Never stop growing’

    In October 2011, Debby Green ran her first 5K race. It was at Bernheim Arboretum & Research Forest.

    This past New Year’s Day, Green ran another 5K alongside her friend Arlene Brady.

    “I think that, for most of my life being blind, I never thought it would be possible,” Green explained.

    Holding a cord with a friend holding the other end, Green is able to participate in the runs. Brady and another friend, Kathy Francis, run with Green.

    “If neither one of them is running, I’m not running,” Green said.

  • Dunaway is always prepared

    As winter gets into full swing, the threat of icy driving conditions might cross the minds of many, but none likely think about it as much as Patty Dunaway.

    Dunaway, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet chief engineer for District 4, has the job of doing everything she can to make sure state roadways in Hardin County are safe this winter and all year round. District 4 consists of 11 counties, including Hardin.

    “We have 2,900 miles of state roads to take care of,” Dunaway said of her office.

  • Speakers with Spark: A new year is time for new beginnings

    The New Year brings with it a fresh new start. There’s something about a new year that spurs us to want a new beginning. Just ask the diet and exercise equipment companies; their busiest time of the year is January. One of my clients specializing in exercise equipment, videos and apparel would joke that Christmas season was not very busy, their black Friday was Jan. 1.

  • Christmas has passed, but what’s next for a grieving family?

    A lot of people in late October tell Dobbins they wish they could go to sleep and wake up in January.

    Waking up to find it’s the day after Christmas, some breathe a sigh of relief that the day has passed, she said.

  • Motherhood and More: Confessions of a Christmas knitter

    I did it to myself again.

    Every year I decide I’m going to make things for Christmas. I alternate making cookies and candy for everyone I’ve ever met in my life with knitting warm, woolen items for everyone I’ve ever met.

    I make myself nuts trying to accomplish everything I want to, no matter how idealistic and unlikely to complete I am.

  • Creating connections: Desire to help others through grief planted early

    Wanda Dobbins’ life has journeyed from the mission field of Chile to helping individuals and families during the end of life.

    When she was a little girl, she always knew she wanted to do something in the social work field, even if she didn’t know at the time what social work was.