Wednesday's Woman

  • Gina Ryan: Wired for television

    All her 49 years, Gina Ryan has been fascinated with all forms of mass media.

    A life-long resident of Rineyville, she once thought she would be the announcer for the Cincinnati Reds. In high school, her interest changed to writing and interviewing. Every story was fresh and new to Ryan.

  • WW 1-19 Ask the expert: Getting organized in 2011


    When I was growing up, we used a rock for a hammer and five-inch “barn nails” for getting things done around our house. My dad often would take the house tools “to the barn,” which must have been code for Bermuda Triangle because once these tools left, they never came back.

    The right tool for the job not only makes the end result turn out better it also makes the job-doer a much happier being.

  • Life or something like it: A new job for a new year


    With the new year came a new job for me.

    I’m still at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, but I’ve stepped out of the classroom (mostly) and am focusing more on advising students, both brand new ones and those who have been at the college a few semesters.

  • Wendy Wilburn: Not kidding around

    Wendy Wilburn seems to do Everything 4 Kids.

    The business owner has two stores — named Everything 4 Kids, of course — in Radcliff and Elizabethtown. But the disabled veteran is more than a business owner. Wilburn helps moms, children and families by providing donations and resources.

    The origin of her business venture began in 2001 when she and her husband, Chris, were both active duty military. Wilburn began selling her son’s “gently used” items at a flea market in Elizabethtown.

  • The more fruits and veggies, the better

    All national health organizations recommend eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day to promote good health and reduce the risk of cancer, heart disease, stroke, diabetes and other chronic conditions.
    Fruits and veggies contribute to good health because they contain vitamin A, vitamin C, fiber and other essential nutrients. Most are low in fat and calories, high in fiber and contain no cholesterol.

  • Stephanie Harrison: A local face of family preservation

    When it comes to preserving a family at risk of being separated, Stephanie Harrison is ready to help.
    Harrison is director of Intensive Family Preservation Services/Community Collaboration for Children in Elizabethtown. Its programs serve the eight-county Lincoln Trail District.
    “We do prevent children from being taken from homes,” Harrison said.
    Clients are families referred by the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services that have been assessed as being at risk of being separated for any number of issues including neglect and abuse.

  • Going a stitch above

    Getting to know Terry Whitehead:
    Favorite author: Karen Kingsbury
    Hobbies: mostly sewing
    Favorite music: country
    Family: four kids — two boys and two girls, four grandchildren and husband, Jim


    The 2nd Platoon of Crazy Horse Troop Tiger Squadron 3rd ACR stationed out of Ft. Hood Texas received a special treat for Christmas.

  • The Art of Performance: Overcoming mistakes

    As the new year begins, it is a good time to focus on a skill that allows performers to let go of errors. As we look back over the past year, it is clear we all make mistakes. As we begin a new year we set new goals for ourselves in performance. A great goal is to learn the skill of letting go.

  • Soccer community benefits from university success

    An important collegiate athletic event took place over several weekends late this fall. The University of Louisville men’s soccer team participated in the NCAA championship tournament. Unfortunately they lost the championship game by a score of 1-0 to the University of Akron.
    This sporting event was important to the athletic community of Kentucky for many reasons. First, all of central Kentucky benefits when a local university succeeds. It helps every student in our area to know about the successful events connected to University of Louisville.

  • Finding the perfect baby sitter

    Editor's Note: Who is Wednesday's Woman?
    She is a CEO, a minister, a mom, a grandmother, a volunteer.
    Someone's daughter, someone's friend. A somebody to someone.
    She has a story that's moving, or touching, or inspirational, or that just feels good. 
    She is special in some way, or in every way.
    We want to share the stories of the very special women in this community.