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Today's News

  • Bankers predict modest improvement for 2012

    Area bankers had a uniform message about their predictions for the economy, especially the housing market.

    They said things could be much worse and there are reasons to expect improvement in the future, but there won’t likely be much change in store for 2012.

    Three local bankers gave their opinions about the state of the economy Monday while speaking to the Heart of Kentucky Association of Realtors at the Historic State Theater Complex in Elizabethtown.

  • Photo: Building a bridge
  • Calendar of photos emphasizes daily value of the unit

    The New Year already has flown, leaving its newborn status lying flat in the nest.

    And I’m left with all these extra calendars — two from local businesses, two from churches which somehow think I will be interested in adding their agenda to my schedule and another complimentary calendar from a company wanting me to buy calendars to give people next year, assuming, I suppose, that I somehow believe others will be interested in my agenda next year.

    But I like the pictures on these calendars, anyway.

  • Flex Films to host job fair

    Those interested in landing one of the jobs coming to Elizabethtown through Flex Films USA’s new manufacturing facility will have a chance to gather more information later this month.

    Flex Films is hosting a job fair Jan. 26 at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown, where the company will brief visitors on the details surrounding hundreds of new jobs coming to the area, some of which will be filled and in place by the end of the year, said Devon Logsdon, human resources manager for Flex Films.

  • Girl Scout cookie time returns with new offering

    The Girl Scouts are celebrating 100 years and the celebration is lemon-flavored.

    The organization has kicked off its annual cookie presales, and the list of treats includes a new flavor, Savannah Smiles.

    The new cookie is named for the city in Georgia where founder Juliette Gordon Low was born and where the woman helped get the Girl Scouts going in 1912.

    The small cookies are crunchy and covered in powdered sugar.

  • Steel Powder Puff: Hazel Denham retires after 70 years as a hair stylist

    Hazel Denham has learned in her 70 years of hairdressing experience that customers tend to love the styles they wore when they were young.

    She is no exception with her careful posture, crossed legs and simple but neat blouse and dress pants. Her favorite hairstyle is from the 1930s – a smooth permanent press associated with early-20th century glamour.

    The 91-year-old Hodgenville resident has seen the death and resurgence of many looks, including the French twist and the page boy, since she saved for her first permanent wave machine in the 1930s.

  • School coming to grips with principal’s death

    When Tina Southwood thinks about the principal of Abraham Lincoln Elementary School in Hodgenville, she thinks about Amber W. Thurman’s smile and hugs.

    Thurman, of Hodgenville, died Saturday in a car wreck.
    Southwood, now a guidance counselor at Lincoln Elementary, spent her 13-year teaching career working with Thurman.
    Southwood said Thurman was an amazing person who knew all the students by name

    “She wasn’t just their principal,” she said. “She was their mom, their encourager.”

  • E’town council to hear anti-DUI program pitch today

    A business owner with local ties hopes a safe driving program he devised in the 1980s could save lives in 2012.

    Scott Ward, a Michigan resident who owns Jewelry and Bridal on Dixie Avenue in Elizabethtown, plans to pitch his “Home Safe” drunken driving program to Elizabethtown City Council today. He said the program would stand as an alternative to drunken driving by providing a ride for intoxicated residents.

  • Senior Life: Self resolutions for the New Year

    The first week of the new year is behind us. It’s exciting to know opportunities will arise to better ourselves, to help others and to improve our own particular situations.

    In addition to the usual list of resolutions – lose weight, start an exercise program, give more time to family and friends – consider adding the following to help gain more freedom and independence for yourself in the new year.

    During the New Year, I will:

  • Driver injured near Rineyville

    A driver received life-threatening injuries Saturday morning in a collision west of Rineyville.

    Chelsea R. McClanahan, 18, of Hardinsburg, was traveling west on Berrytown Road in a 1997 General Motor Co. Jimmy when her vehicle dropped off the right shoulder of the road, according to Kentucky State Police, which investigated the collision at 6:33 a.m.

    McClanahan overcorrected and the vehicle overturned several times. She was ejected and suffered life-threatening injuries, according to police.