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Wednesday's Woman

  • Jamming derby style

    In October of 2010, Western Kentucky University student Stephanie “Wolf Pack of 1” Maloney went to her first roller derby bout. She fell in love.

    It was the last bout of the season for the Vette City Roller Derby of Bowling Green.

    “I showed up the next day to start practicing and haven’t stopped since,” said Maloney, of Radcliff.

    A John Hardin High School graduate, Maloney laces up her skates and straps on her helmet and pads to battle it out in the rink.

  • Got to be Real: What do you fear?

    In my 52 years, I’ve been scared of a lot of things and situations.

    But, why? I think it is called lacking faith in myself.

    I remember as a child, I was scared to death of the dark. It was really silly because I shared a room with my sister, Kim, and my parents’ room was a scream away. I think I had convinced myself I was seeing monsters and things were going bump in the night. I later found out the bump in the night was just our house settling.

  • Pediatric ICU nurse feels led to help others

    Working in a pediatric ICU, participating in fundraising efforts, creating church health programs and making mission trips are all part of a life Mary Jo Veirs believes she was led to.

    In mid-March, the Elizabethtown woman was named Nurse of the Year by Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville, but she credits the entire unit and all hospital personnel with playing a part.

    Veirs called her co-workers at the hospital a “family.”

  • Speakers with Spark: Finding time for what you really enjoy

    By Susan Rider

    Don’t you wish you could go to the store and purchase a bottle of time? Wouldn’t that solve many of your stress moments and certainly help you complete your to do list? Time is something that either is controlled by us or controls us.

    Recently, I was attending a funeral and I heard, “I wish I spent more time with her,” “I wish I talked about this,” “I wish …” You get the point.

  • Mae Knight has spent her life working with, for children

    Nearly everything Mae Knight has done in her adult life has grown from her love of children.

    In her 86 years, she has taught school, worked with children at her church, owned a children’s clothing store and is  president of the Optimist Club of Radcliff.

    Originally from Casey County, she settled in Radcliff 53 years ago and stayed there when her husband retired from the U.S. Army.

  • (Baseball) diamonds are Jennifer Sanders' best friend

    Growing up, Jennifer Marie Sanders learned to play baseball on the streets of a Dallas neighborhood and went to baseball games with her father.

    Now she coaches the Fort Knox High School baseball team, the Eagles.

    Though the role is a new one for her, she said the assistant coaches and team members have helped her adjust and learn the ropes whenever possible.

    “Everybody’s been extremely patient,” Sanders said.

  • Motherhood & More: Life wears you down, love keeps you going

    So I’m sitting here, staring at a blank page, wondering where to start. 

    Writer’s block? Maybe. More like I’ve got the “I’m so tired from everyone in my house being sick” block. That happens to moms.

    And so here I am, thinking about something I read recently, how mothers, especially stay-at-home mothers, are simultaneously lonely and never have enough time to ourselves.

  • The trip of a lifetime: Morgan Morrow organized solo mission to Liberia

    About 10 years ago, Morgan Morrow, 24, developed a desire to visit missionaries in Liberia and collect supplies for the people there. In March, she finally took the leap and went to the country in West Africa.

    It all started when missionary Albert Stewart, a former member of Faith Apostolic Church, which Morrow attends, returned to the church to present what he had been doing as a missionary in Liberia with his wife, Tegeste.

    “When he played the DVD, it broke my heart and I felt a burden,” Morrow said.

  • Life or Something Like It: Relationships are what really matter

    It’s all about relationships.

    Those connections we forge with family, friends and coworkers that sustain us and prod us and make us better than we could be by ourselves.

    It’s about the bouquet of flowers the friends of a colleague of mine sent her at work when she was going through a rough patch caring for her ailing mother. That circle of friends has taken her out to breakfast, cried with her and listened to her as she’s grappled with the difficult decision of moving her mother, no longer able to stay in her own home, to a nursing home.

  • Got to be Real: Mothers are worth honoring every day

    The second Sunday in May is approaching and as we all know, that is the day we honor our mothers or the mother figures in our lives.

    In my mind, every day is Mother’s Day.

    What would I do without my mother? First and foremost, I would not be here. As long as I can remember, my mother always has been there, even during the crazy stages in mine and my sister’s lives. She never once wavered.