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Wednesday's Woman

  • Deedie Layman is a pet's best friend

    Deedie Layman’s life has gone to the dogs. And cats.

    And that’s a good thing for four-legged animals in Hardin County.

    “I have a love for all of them,” Layman said of the animals at Hardin County Animal Control.

    Layman, president of PAWS Shelter Foundation Inc., has been spearheading fundraising efforts to build a new animal shelter for the county. PAWS stands for Pets Are Worth Saving.

  • Jessi Clemons has a passion for teaching — in the classroom and the gym

    Jessi Clemons is known around Hardin County for her Zumba skills but she’s also a teacher and involved in the community in which she grew up.

    Clemons, 30, started taking dance lessons at the age of 4. While in college at the University of Kentucky, she danced for the Lady Legends, a dance group for the Legends minor league baseball team in Lexington.

    Years later, she took a Zumba class and fell in love with it. She knew she wanted to get involved with the fitness program based on dance.

  • Speakers with Spark: Experience the difference of wisely-chosen words

    By Denise Taylor

    Speakers with Spark

     

    The words we speak affect our lives more dramatically than we realize. They can subconsciously drain us of power or, if we’re acutely aware of them, can give us strength. Eliminate these commonly used words from your vocabulary and use the suggested replacement words. You might be surprised by the significant difference the new words make.

  • The List: Bed bug infestations rising

    Ninety-five percent of U.S. professional pest management companies have encountered a bed bug infestation in the past year, according to a survey by the National Pest Management Association and the University of Kentucky. Prior to 2000, only 25 percent of respondents had encountered a bed bug infestation. Also, NPMA reports one out of five Americans has had a bed bug infestation in their home or knows someone who has encountered bed bugs, which leave itchy, bloody welts on human skin, at home or in a hotel. Here are some prevention and identification tips from the NPMA.

  • Mitzi Lynch was born for the performing arts

    Mitzi Yvonne Lynch had a link to music and the performing arts from the time she was born.

    “I was named after Mitzi Gaynor,” Lynch said, explaining her father was a fan of the noted dancer of stage and screen.

    Her middle name is a nod to actress Yvonne DeCarlo.

    Lynch’s father played trombone and saxophone.

    “They both could sing,” she said of her parents.

    So it might not come as a surprise that Lynch became the music minister of Immanuel Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

  • The List: Last-minute summer outings

    Labor Day weekend, the symbolic end of summer for many, is a great time for an outing. Kentucky is packed with opportunities for weekend entertainment and exploring. Here’s a list of not-so-far-away recommendations for summer fun from the Kentucky Department of Travel.
     

  • The Art of Performance: Christian Lopez did the right thing

    Most people do not recognize the name Christian Lopez. Most people recognize the name Derek Jeter, the iconic shortstop for the New York Yankees. Their names now are linked forever.

    On July 9, Derek Jeter joined a very elite baseball group when he completed his 3,000th hit. All the hits came while playing for one team, the New York Yankees. That July day was amazing because Jeter had five hits in five at bats. That is a challenge. But more amazing was that his second hit of the day was a home run which was his 3000th hit.

  • Julia Richardson: Teacher, actress and lifelong resident of Summit

    Julia Richardson has devoted a lifetime to her community, remembering her mother’s words “a community not worth working for is not worth living in.”

    “I’ve spent all my life here in Hardin County, as a matter of fact, all of it in Summit,” Julia Richardson said.

    But Richardson, 84, might be known more for her portrayal of others, which stemmed from her beginnings as a teacher.

  • A life of flavor: Maria Batistoni finds the right ingredients for living

    Life has been full of spice for Maria Batistoni.

    Born in New Jersey, the woman who would become a teacher and chairwoman for A Taste of Radcliff was offered a role in a popular TV soap opera, left her mark in William Shakespeare’s house and was the first woman to be a member of a local chapter of a men-only club.

  • Life or Something like It: Eastern Kentucky ministry helps many

    I don’t usually have much occasion to travel east of Lexington, but I’ve been to eastern Kentucky twice this summer.

    In June, a group from our church traveled four and a half hours to Lynch, a town with a population of 747, according to the 2010 census, in Harlan County, a stone’s throw from the West Virginia line in southeastern Kentucky.

    Originally a company town for U.S. Steel with a population of 10,000 in the 1940s, today, 45 percent of residents are below the poverty level.