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Wednesday's Woman

  • Motherhood & More: Three-year-old phase makes for some rough times

    Man. Three-year-olds. Three. Year. Olds.

    I’m guessing that anyone who has had or currently has a 3-year-old knows what I’m referring to and I can close up shop without elaborating.

    But for those of you who do not understand, let me explain.

  • Pat Cromartie, a mom with more cowbell

     

    When cowbells ring over the stadium at a Central Hardin High School football game, it means Pat Cromartie, a.k.a. No. 5’s mom, is in attendance.

    She sits at the 50-yard line to watch all the plays with other parents. And when the team does well, their section of the stands becomes a sea of high-fives and, of course, more cowbell.

  • Mary Lou Hall, an artist in the groove

    Children have been a continual theme in artist Mary Lou Hall’s life. From teaching to raising her own children and life with her five grandchildren, children are the subject of her portraits.

    Hall, of Elizabethtown, is an established member of the local arts community with paitings displayed throughout Hardin County and Kentucky.

    Her medium of choice is watercolor and she thinks it’s the best way to present a child on canvas.

    Recently, she’s been inspired by reflections, particularly on surfaces such as glass.\

  • A Slice of Life: Birthdays on Facebook a social networking virtue

    I’ve got to admit that I’ve never been fully in the Facebook camp.

    Yes, I had a college student friend show me how to set up my page, ostensibly as a way to keep up with members of my Sunday school class — I’ve taught that age group for a number of years.

  • The Art of Performance: Family displays ethical behavior in youth sports

    Fall begins the next season of youth sports and the spotlight on parent’s behavior. It is easy to focus on parents who are out of control, yelling at referees and disrespecting their child’s coaches. But this article is going to focus on one parent’s very ethical behavior.

  • Ask the Expert: Nutrition: EBT cards to improve WIC program

    Hardin County Health Center, both Elizabethtown and Radcliff locations, will begin using a new upgraded web-based system to issue benefits for the Women, Infants and Children Program beginning Oct. 31. The web-based system uses information gathered at WIC participant visits to issue Electronic Benefits Transfer cards to be used for WIC purchases. Offering the eWIC cards gives families needed access to benefits without the delay and stigma of paper checks, which most counties in Kentucky still use.

  • The List: Know your gold before you sell it

    The high value of gold has many consumers considering trading their jewelry for quick cash, but sellers shouldn’t make the transaction before doing some homework.

  • 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.