Wednesday's Woman

  • VonLuehrte finds family, work balance

    A lot of what shaped Holly Harris VonLuehrte, 36, growing up in Hardin County, she said, was the result of being around a lot of strong, opinionated women.

    VonLuehrte, who was born in Elizabethtown, serves in Frankfort as the first chief of staff of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.

    While she credits both parents for providing support and encouragement, VonLuehrte was influenced particularly by her mother and her mother’s friends. Those strong women continue to be a source of inspiration, she said.

  • Texas transplant fills need in Hardin County

    Jennifer Murphy moved to Elizabethtown five years ago when many military families moved to the area from Fort Hood, Texas.
    But the 32-year-old has nothing to do with the military — Murphy followed friends moving to Fort Knox.

    “I was looking for a change and they were moving up here to Fort Knox so I thought, ‘Hey, I guess I’ll just go there,’” Murphy said.

    After living in big cities, she appreciated going to the grocery and seeing someone she knows. She came to like the small-city atmosphere.

  • Art, music, gardening: Davis does it all

    At 83, Chieko Davis keeps busy with a variety of talents and interests.

    Davis’ friend Janet Gebler calls her a renaissance woman.

    “Chieko has become extremely accomplished in art, music, gardening and cooking,” Gebler said. “But what is most impressive about Chieko is that in spite of all her accomplishments she is a genuinely shy and humble person.”

  • Dot Graham embodies community spirit

    Three or four times a week for about half an hour, Dot Graham takes walks with her husband in White Mills, a community in which she has lived most of her 81 years.

    Often preferring to walk near the Nolin River, the trip is is just another way Graham has immersed herself in the community in which she continues to keep active. She also has become a vital resident.

  • Motherhood and More: Seeing beyond the tantrums

    Well, I was going to spend this space talking about how my son is 5 years old and I can hardly believe it and where has the time gone, etc., etc.

    But then he threw a major tantrum because I wouldn’t let him watch anymore TV so I’m just not feeling it, you know?

  • Sisters share passion for nursing

    Visitors to Hardin Memorial Hospital might be a little confused when they move between the second and fifth floors, especially when they see a familiar face on both.

    Identical twin sisters Donna Monzon and Nancy Willoughby, nurses at the hospital, would be the cause of that confusion. To add to the family business, their older sister, Linda Watkins, retired from the hospital July 1 after working 26 years in the BirthPlace.

  • Life or Something Like It: Hand sanitizer, anyone?

    This is a tale about bathroom hygiene for someone who’s admittedly a little fanatical about it.

    Yeah, I’m the one who is careful after she uses a public bathroom to wash her hands without touching the knobs on the sink to turn off the water. I’ll use the back of my hand to negotiate that move, no matter how ungainly it looks.

  • Bramblett promotes sisterhood, philanthropy

    Vine Grove resident and five-year cancer survivor Lea Bramblett enjoys riding her motorcycle so much she has to share her enthusiasm.

    The result is Ladies Motorcycle Club, a group she founded in an effort to promote sisterhood, socialization and philanthropy. While the name of the club might indicate otherwise, Bramblett said the group is open to women who ride as passengers with their husbands, too.

    “I just want them to feel like they are a part of something, giving back,” she said.

  • Got to be Real: Love will find a way

    I will admit I am a hopeless romantic in so many ways. I love putting meaning to love songs and I still cry over movies such as “Endless Love” and “Love Story” because love always will find a way.

    My parents have been married for 54 years as of last month. I know there have been many trials and tribulations through the years, but they made a commitment to God, their families and themselves so long ago to have and to hold in sickness and in health.

  • Banks takes the field

    Thelma Banks takes football seriously.

    She’s always watched and known about football. Her dad coached football. Her brother played football for the University of Cincinnati.

    And since 2004, the Radcliff woman has played the game. On the field, she’s known as Thelma “Bonecrusher” Banks.

    At 40, she’s the owner and a player for Louisville’s Derby City Dynamite semi-pro women’s football team.