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Wednesday's Woman

  • Betty Hughes-Gillespie, nearly five decades of style

    For 44 years, Betty Hughes-Gillespie, has served her community and the clients of Coiffures by Betty Hughes, a salon on North Wilson Road.

    In December, Hughes-Gillespie retired after almost 50 years as a hairdresser. 

    She’s originally from Metcalfe County and knew she wanted to be a hairdresser since she was a little girl. She would sit on her dad’s knees and work on his hair. He would always tell her she was going to be a teacher, but she was determined to be a hairdresser.

  • Get outside, 'chik'

    Barren River Lake State Resort Park is hosting “Chiks in the Stiks” weekend March 18-20 for women who want to know more about the great outdoors.

    There will be lessons on fishing, archery, fire building, complete with s’mores, hiking, and even a golf clinic with the park’s PGA professional, Carmello Benassi, according to a news release.

    Organizers tout the weekend of activities as a great opportunity for a girlfriend outing.

  • Watching a friend's final transition

    As a pastor’s wife for almost 30 years, I’ve attended my share of weddings, funerals and baptisms and have accompanied my husband on hundreds of hospital and home visits.

    Not that I’m complaining. For the most part, that time with him is a joy as we serve together, united in a goal that’s greater than either of us.

  • Ask the expert: Home organization

    What if you could ask me a question about my experience as an organizer that has nothing to do with how to get organized, but has everything to do with the clients I have helped. Could you think of a question? I think you could because it happens to me all the time. When I first started my business my family and friends asked me vague questions such as, “How’s your business going?”

  • Art teacher's compassion helps troubled youth

    “I like teenagers. I’m weird that way,” Sheryl Lett Chapman said.

    She not only works with a group of 11th- and 12th-grade girls at Memorial United Methodist Church, where her husband is pastor, but also at the Lincoln Village Youth Development Center. 

    The latter is her passion.

    Someone at her church who mentors at Lincoln Village asked if Chapman would be interested in mentoring. Chapman admitted mentoring wasn’t her thing but she had volunteered as an art teacher in various places.

  • The Art of Performance: The performance of "The King's Speech"

    You might have wondered about the best picture selection of the “The King’s Speech” at the Oscar award ceremony this past week. This movie is the true story of King George VI of England who ascends to the throne just as England is entering into World War II against Germany. One of his first official acts is to inform the nation they are going to war to protect their country. This is one of the most important moments in England’s history and it was a performance of a lifetime for King George VI.

  • The importance of 'we'

    Displaying quotes and photos of such strong and successful women as Edith Wharton, Ruth Gordon and Oprah Winfrey, a bulletin board in the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College science building is representative of the achievements aspired to by the students who created it.

    The bulletin board was created by the ECTC organization “we.”

  • Penny Edwards: Giving shelter to the voiceless

    Penny Edwards remembers being 4 when she first watched “The Wizard of Oz” and saw the Wicked Witch kick Toto.

    “I screamed bloody murder,” Edwards said. “It took my mom forever to calm me down.”

    That would not be the last time Edwards spoke up for an animal.

    Today, Edwards is on the verge of reaching 19 years as an employee of Animal Refuge Center in Vine Grove where she is shelter manager. She volunteered there for a few years before becoming an employee.

  • The Art of Performance: Containing test anxiety

    The pressure on kids to perform in school is immense. There has been an increase in this pressure by the use of standardized tests, as required by the state of Kentucky.

    Every student in school today faces the pressures of taking tests which will determine if they graduate as well as recording their progression in their school career. Teachers are also impacted by these scores as schools are evaluated by the students' standardized tests scores.

  • Kyu Reisch: Volunteering is her life

    Kyu Reisch may stand just under five feet tall, but the long list of ways she’s served her community makes her one of the tallest women in town.

    She's logged more than 17,000 hours of volunteer service with the American Red Cross, donated another 5,000 volunteer hours to Army Community Service, provided her bilingual skills as a volunteer translator and has somehow found time along the way to run a restaurant and stand out athletically.