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    ISSUE: Thanksgiving Day
    OUR VIEW: This great nation is blessed

    It’s here again, Thanksgiving Day. A date on the calendar of our lives on which we are to individually and collectively reflect upon and give thanks for all that is meaningful to us. A day set aside to recognize the blessings we too often overlook and take for granted the other 364 days of the year.

    It seems again this year, though, there’s more an attitude of discontent than thankfulness among many in the nation.

  • More than thankful

    As I look back on 2011, there are many things to be thankful for.

    Some of them are the usual suspects: health, food, clothing and all the other basics. Some things I am thankful for are silly, like Diet Coke and Italian food. Some are sweet, like another year with my aging Lab, Boo.

    One event in 2011 made saying “I’m thankful” seem almost a trite expression. It was something that made being grateful more than just words expressed. It was a state of being that overwhelmed me to my very core.

  • It's Muppetational

    Kermit, Miss Piggy, Fozzie and Animal are back with the whole Muppet crew to entertain the children of the fans who fell in love with them so long ago.

    The story is pretty simple. Gary, played by Jason Segel (“How I Met Your Mother”) and his brother, Walter, played by a Muppet named Walter, set off to Los Angeles to meet the Muppets. Along for the ride is Gary’s longtime girlfriend, Mary, played by Amy Adams (“The Fighter”), who just wants a nice dinner and some alone time on their anniversary.

  • Holiday season increases fire hazards

    Cooking is considered the greatest cause of fires annually, and Thanksgiving is one of the top days for home cooking fires.

    The number of home cooking fires last Thanksgiving was three times the national average of that day the year before, according to the National Fire Protection Association.

    Thanksgiving also kicks off a holiday season marked by a number of other fire hazards that area families should be careful of, said Rusty Todd, investigator and chief fire inspector for the Elizabethtown Fire Department.

  • Black Friday a time to shop wisely

    Bargain hunters are ready for a head start on Black Friday.

    The after-Thanksgiving shopping rush begins earlier this year, with several stores opening at midnight Friday and some pushing into the late hours of today. Shoppers have extra hours to search for great deals, but that makes planning ahead and being aware of possible pitfalls more important than ever.

    Kohl’s opens at midnight Friday, with the shopping day lasting a full 24 hours until midnight Saturday. Last year the store opened at 3 a.m., so shoppers have an extra three hours to sniff out deals.

  • GIRLS' ALL-AREA CROSS COUNTRY: John Hardin's Lever the runaway choice (11/24)

    Katie Lever has been building for this season.

    The John Hardin senior increased her training regiment, and the results paid off as she won conference and region championships and finished sixth in the Class 3-A state race in Lexington.

    Lever is an all-around gifted runner who is well-liked and genuinely cared for by her teammates and opposing competitors – hence the reason she won the 3-A Forcht Group of Kentucky Sportsmanship Award after the state meet.

  • PREP VOLLEYBALL: 2011 All-Area Team (11/24)

    Abbey Sorrells loves setting people up.

    No, not in the match-making sense, although the Central Hardin junior does have a keen eye for who to find with a quick pass – short or high – on the volleyball court.

  • BOYS' PREP CROSS COUNTRY: 2011 All-Area Team (11/24)

    A blossoming but friendly rivalry nearly pushed Marcus Terrell over the edge this season.

    The North Hardin sophomore had never seen such fierce competition before, but that’s exactly what he got from Meade County junior Will Strickland and Central Hardin junior Josh Price.

    In the end, Terrell beat Strickland three times in five races head-to-head and topped Price in seven head-to-head meetings. And when it came time to choose the All-Area award winners, Terrell yet again came out on top.

  • GIRLS' PREP SOCCER: 2011 All-Area Team (11/24)

    Central Hardin senior striker Lauren Norton had a solid junior season, scoring 21 goals and assisting on 10 others as the Lady Bruins went 18-5-1 and advanced to the state tournament quarterfinals for the first time.

    Her encore performance was quite prolific as well. This year, she scored 22 goals and had 11 assists to lead her team to a 21-3 record and its second straight 5th Region Tournament championship.

  • BOYS' PREP SOCCER: 2011 All-Area Team (11/24)

    Central Hardin’s Noah Wiersema had many memorable moments during his junior season in 2010, from returning from what was thought to be a season-ending injury to extending the Bruins’ season in the elite eight of the state tournament with one of the most bizarre shots.

    Still, the area coaches found a way to give Wiersema another memory to end his career.