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Wednesday's Woman

  • Cheering with a purpose: Donna Stringer dedicates time to Special Olympics squad

    Donna Stringer, 53, often can be found in the middle of a squad of cheerleaders. Since 2004, she has coached a Special Olympics cheerleading team.

    She became involved with the program when she worked in a special needs classroom in Hardin County Schools. The first group she worked with included five girls. The person who oversaw the program had to leave and Stringer helped take over the squad.

    Stringer finds her work with cheerleaders exciting. She looks forward to her work with the squad every year and wishes the season was year-round.

  • Got to be Real: Love lets you down but never stops calling

    Before the Christmas decorations are down the Valentine’s Day hearts are out, and we rush from Jingle Bells to Open Hearts jewelry.

    I was thinking about how most of us race around trying to find that perfect card and gift when all of us have the perfect gift — our hearts. And we have that perfect gift all the time, not just in February.

    Is that not where love grows, in our hearts?

  • Speakers With Spark: Reduce stress with these five steps

    The most popular request for a topic from Speakers With Spark speakers last year was stress management. Maybe it’s a sign of the times, maybe it’s the economy. Whatever it is, below are five tips to help you reduce stress in your life and insert more joy.

    The symptoms of stress include insomnia, tiredness, headaches, poor skin, short temper and inclination to cry, just to name a few. Stress can affect you physically, emotionally and will eventually make you sick. Therefore, it’s very important to get stress under control.

  • For April Jackson, volunteer work is ‘where my heart is’

    As guests arrived at the home of the superintendent of Elizabethtown Independent Schools, April Jackson helped set up for a meeting that had been in the making since September 2010.

    It was just part of her passion for volunteer work.

    “This is where my heart is,” Jackson said, specifically of her work in education.

  • Motherhood & More: Winter, the kids and I are done with you

    Bah.

    I’m tired of cold. And it hasn’t even been that bad this year.

    But man, I spend a little too much time daydreaming about long, warm days filled with running and playing and swimming and better behavior. That last one is for my 3-year-old, who currently thinks he is in charge of everything and we all should do whatever he wants, whenever he wants. It’s been lots of fun.

  • From words to music, Ann Case is one of a kind

    Ann Case’s story begins in the deep South. She’s from Albany, Ga., and it was at the University of Georgia where she began a journey that lead her to Kentucky.

    Here, she is known as a longtime teacher in Hardin County Schools, a pianist who shares her love of music and someone who tells a tale with comedic flair.

  • Piano teacher has long history hitting right notes for students

    For somewhere in the neighborhood of 55 years, Radcliff resident Nelda Lang has taught students of all ages to play piano.

    While living in Germany — where her military husband was stationed — in the early- to mid-’50s, Lang began offering piano lessons.

    “My mother played the piano, and all my sisters played piano,” the Mississippi-born woman said. “Everybody played piano. It was part of your schooling.”

  • Life or Something Like It: Speech-to-text messages provide laughs, confusion

    At the community college, our phone system has been synced with our computer system for about a year now.

    On the face of it, it’s a good idea for voicemail to show up as email. Instead of listening to a series of voice messages on your phone, you can see who called and get a speech-to-text translation of what the caller said.

    But I’m not sure Microsoft Speech Technology shouldn’t have spent more time in product refinement. Some of the messages I’ve read have made me scratch my head, and others laugh out loud.

  • Got to be Real: What's my net worth?

    I was talking to a friend of mine who lives in Georgia, and she said, “Hum. The license plate in front of me says ‘weathly.’ Guess what kind of car it is?”

    Me being me, I said a Mercedes. She said no.

    “A new Jaguar?” No was the reply again.

    Finally I said, “I will guess one more time, and if I don’t get it right you will have to tell me. A Bentley?” No, again. Ugh.

  • Director gets into the swing of sports, community improvement

    On one wall of Jana Clark’s office at the Elizabethtown Tourism & Convention Bureau hang several black and white photos of children on playing fields in uniforms representing various sports.

    All the subjects face away from the camera, so they could be anyone’s children.

    “At the end of the day, this is what the park will be about,” said Clark, sales and sports director.