Dina Hackert may only have recently stepped into a coaching role in Meade County, but she’s had a long history with the sport of basketball and a heart for ministry.
Hackert is a Meade County High School graduate whose basketball team went to the state tournament during her career. While at Hope College, her team won a NCAA Division III national championship in 1990.
She’s coached at a variety of levels in Michigan, from varsity girls to middle school. Hackert and her husband, Jeff, also are ordained ministers.
Is my present more important than my past? I saw that statement on a Facebook post and it got the wheels of my mind turning.
When I look back at my past, I really don’t think it is that bad, but of course it is my past and I might be too soft on myself.
Yes, my past — like most people who are honest with themselves — is filled with good and bad, highs and lows, secrets, truths, half truths and no truth, joy, pain, happy tears, sad tears and those tears that come for no reason at all.
Cheri Ellis-Reeves of Elizabethtown has found a passion in volunteering and she encourages others to do the same.
She credits teamwork with playing an important role in what she does.
“We all work together here,” the Elizabethtown resident said, as she visited Helping Hand of Hope’s Elizabethtown office.
The organization, which also has an office in Radcliff, offers assistance to those in need. Among other things, Helping Hand of Hope provides food and clothing, financial assistance and job readiness training.
Recently, going through an airport, I saw a poster of a beautiful little girl around 4, saying, “All I want for Christmas is a family.” It was an effective marketing tool because it touched my heart.
There are many people wanting to adopt and many children waiting for someone to love them. Bless those who can find the place and time in their lives to give this little girl the best present of her life. Not everyone can adopt, but there are many children who just need someone to be their voice.
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.