Wednesday's Woman

  • Lydia Payne helps one child at a time

    Lydia Payne’s focus is to make life better for area children.

    Some of what the 59-year-old does is through the Vine Grove Optimist Club, but she helped kids long before her move to Hardin County.

    At age 19, she left her hometown in Mississippi when she became a military wife. After having two kids, that marriage ended in divorce, but she met another military man, Daniel, and has been married to him for 30 years.

    When she met him, she only weighed 72 pounds and was anorexic.

  • Got to be Real: Don't miss the meaning of Black History Month

    For some, the month of February is just the second month of the year, a time to let your sweetie know how much you care, to worry if the groundhog saw his shadow, to get income taxes done and find out if you are getting a big, fat refund check.

  • Former teacher stays after school to educate

    In the dining room of The Lord’s Supper Soup Kitchen in Radcliff, Carolyn Hicks stood at a dry erase board and jotted down the three main units of the metric system: gram, liter and meter.

    Three students who sat at a table nearby leaned forward with interest as Hicks wrote down and explained the meanings of prefixes for those units, such as kilo.

    “The first time I heard ‘kilo’ was on TV, and they were talking about drugs,” Hicks told the students.

  • Speakers with Spark: Raising self-confident children

    While getting my hair cut, I started a conversation with some lovely ladies about what they would like to read about. Overwhelmingly, they wanted to hear some ideas and suggestions on helping their children gain and keep confidence in themselves. I remember struggling with that same thought when my children were growing up. As a parent, most all of us want what is best for our child.

  • Pearl's Wisdom: A word for all occasions


  • Witness to history begins new life in retirement

    Marie Clifford said she really doesn’t know what all the fuss is about.

    “I did my job and raised my children, nothing really that special,” she said.

    But after surviving bombings of her village during World War II and spending 40 years in the food service industry, retiring from Stone Hearth in Elizabethtown last month, Clifford’s story is more unique than she might think.

    She was born in 1939 in France.

    “I am as old as the war,” she said.

  • Massage therapist donates healing

    In some ways, Sondra Sells feels she was guided to become a massage therapist.

    “My mom had always wanted me to be in the health care field,” the Elizabethtown resident said, noting her mother hoped she would pursue a career as a nurse.

    Sells was 15 when her mother died suddenly of a brain aneurysm. When it came time to choose a career, Sells went into retail, following in the footsteps of her father, who worked at area stores.

  • Motherhood and More: No sick time granted for a stay-at-home mother

    It’s a bit of a cliche now, what with the popularity of mommy blogs and everyone telling everything about their lives — myself included, to a point. But as a mom, especially a stay-at-home mom, I’m not really allowed to be sick.

    I’ve been dealing with a heck of a cold, full of coughing and sneezing and headaches and the need to spend the entire day laying down watching bad TV on Netflix. I’ve lost my voice, which I at first attributed to a late night, but it lingered longer than I thought it should have.

  • Cecilia woman devotes her time to the past

    Carolyn Wimp of Cecilia spends a lot of her time engrossed in her family’s history.

    Since she was a teenager, she has asked questions about her family and charted her family lineage on a brown paper grocery bag. Her interest was mere curiosity until she saw the television mini-series “Roots” in 1977. After seeing “Roots,” Wimp said she realized finding her family’s history was possible and began researching nonstop.

  • Life or Something Like It: It's about more than coffee