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  • Senior life: October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month

    Home is such a profound word. Its very meaning and sound can conjure up warm memories, a sense of belonging and a longing to return. It means being connected to a place and knowing you belong there.

    October is National Long-Term Care Residents’ Rights Month. Its theme,  “Welcome Home — Creating Connections Between Residents and the Community,” was selected by the National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care to call attention to the fact that residents of long-term care facilities are an important and valuable asset to communities.

  • Lined up for life

    Teandra Parker, Right to Life Kentucky Heartland board member, speaks from experience — an experience she wishes no other woman has to have.

    “God forgives me, but I would not want anybody else to walk in the same steps I’ve walked in,” Parker said of having an abortion, as she participated Sunday in the local Life Chain event in Elizabethtown.

    Parker, now a mother of six children, two of them adopted, explained she wants to share the information that “it (abortion) hurt me.”

  • Billboard suit awaits Ky. Supreme Court review

    Interstate 65 is a major U.S. artery cluttered with billboards advertising everything from fast food to health care services. In the case of a set owned by a Scottsville real estate developer, a billboard is an opportunity to evangelize to the traveling public.

    Jimmy Harston owns three billboards in the counties of LaRue (“Hell Is Real”), Hart (“If you died today where would you spend eternity”) and Warren (“Jesus Saves”).

  • Four species represented at St. Christopher's Blessing of the Animals

    Through barking, yipping, growling and the sounds of construction across the street, the Rev. Dennis Cousens blessed animals Saturday morning at St. Christopher Catholic Church in Radcliff.

    Four species were represented at the service. Most of the animals were dogs, but a few cats, a 16-year-old California king snake and a bird were part of the menagerie. Most pet owners showed up with more than one animal.

  • Parole denied for driver in Tommy Langley’s death

    Convicted drunken driver Michael Brunello of Rineyville was denied parole at a hearing Wednesday in Frankfort.

    In November 2009, Brunello was involved in a drunken driving wreck on Battle Training Road that resulted in the death of cab driver Tommy Langley, who now would be 32.

    Brunello, 26, pleaded guilty in 2010 to charges of second-degree manslaughter, driving under the influence with an aggravating circumstance, second-degree persistent felony offender, leaving the scene of an accident and driving without insurance.

  • Lookin' like Lincoln Days

    Lincoln Days kicked off Saturday in Hodgenville with traditional fare such as funnel cakes and local music mixed with Abraham Lincolns and pioneer games.

    This weekend marks the 36th Lincoln Days, and the celebration continues today with a nondenominational service at 11 a.m. and a professional rail splitting contest at 2 p.m.

    Saturday’s festivities included look-alike contests. There were seven participants in the Abraham Lincoln contest and three in the Mary Todd Lincoln contest.

  • E'town interchange included in national study of freight traffic

    The U.S. 31W interchange at Lincoln Parkway was included in a 2010 national study of major freight congested areas conducted by the American Transportation Research Institute and the Federal Highway Administration’s Office of Freight Management and Operations.

    The study was part of a Freight Performance Measures initiative and included 250 “freight significant highway infrastructure” locations, according to the report on the ATRI website. Most of the sites monitored were in urban areas.

  • Soldiers' best friends

    During K-9 training at Fort Knox, men in ACUs command dogs, their words sharp and short. The dogs obey, focused and fierce.

    But business can’t hide companionship. The men easily switch their tone when praising the dogs for doing a good job. Just like any dog lover they say “you’re such a good dog” while rubbing the dogs’ heads. The dogs playfully respond, tails wagging and tongues hanging.

  • Help dealing with the home front

    The home front has changed since the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division deployed. Babies have been born. Children have grown. Milestones have been celebrated. Illnesses have been diagnosed. And all the while, wives have taken on solo parenting and household management.

    It’s a lot to take in, Army wives said.

  • Planning a party for 5,000 friends

    By 7 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 13, Mark Wicker, event coordinator for Fort Knox’s annual Army Concert Tour Series, was already at Godman Army Airfield, the site of a concert that would take place 12 hours later.

    “It’s not unusual to put in 18 to 20 hours,” said Wicker.

    The scent of eggs, bacon, pancakes, Danish and coffee filled the airfield hangar, and production and stage crew members, bus drivers and band associates loaded their plates. Concert support staff, Morale, Welfare and Recreation employees, had begun preparing the meal at 6 a.m.