Today's News

  • The Chattering Magpies release a relaxation CD/DVD

    The Chattering Magpies, otherwise known as Greta Gillmeister and Lorinda Jones, released their first CD and DVD combo called “Celtic Passages.”

    The relaxation DVD was produced through a collaboration with videographer Dan Boone.

    Using a harp, dulcimer, Irish flute and whistle, the duo performs traditional Celtic music in a collection of airs, jigs, hornpipes, reels and polkas.

    Gillmeister and Jones are music therapists and knew the relaxation CD would come in handy for some “chill out” time.

  • Army gives soldiers, vets second chance at Purple Heart

    Soldiers who suffered traumatic brain injury or concussion injuries during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq are encouraged by the U.S. Army to submit paperwork for reconsideration for a Purple Heart.

    The policy also allows veterans once rejected for a Purple Heart to reapply for consideration.

  • Dash of Class: Shared recipes from a Vermont wedding

    Many of my loyal readers will remember that I have a niece who married in Hawaii a year ago Christmas and had a reception in Louisville last spring, and I had the honor, I think, of making their wedding cake. On Aug. 7, another niece married in Burlington, Vt. It was a weekend to remember and I brought home some recipes to share with you.

  • ACT points to progress, need for further work

    TOPIC: Local ACT scores
    OUR VIEW: Still room for improvement

    Like a parent to a child on the academic journey, we say to our local school districts regarding recently released data on ACT scores: You are doing quite well, but let’s continue to strive to do better in the future.

    Certainly all schools in the area could improve on results released earlier this month for juniors, who are mandated to take the test as part of the state’s annual assessments, as well as 2011 graduates who elect to take the test.

  • The Best: Sourdough bread and zucchini sticks

  • Four arrested at police checkpoint

    Several Hardin County law enforcement agencies participated in drunken driving checkpoint Saturday night that yielded four DUI arrests.

    West Point, Radcliff and Elizabethtown police departments participated, as did Kentucky State Police, Hardin County Sheriff’s Office and Hardin County Detention Center, West Point Chief Butch Curl said.

    The checkpoint was set up on Dixie Highway in West Point and officers were out there from midnight until 4 a.m., Curl said.

  • Aspiring super hero raises money for hospital after 65 surgeries

    Jennifer Aberl gaped in horror at her 8-year-old son when he said he hopes to make it to 100 surgeries.

    Shawn Aberl II, a third-grader at New Highland Elementary School, already has experienced more than 60 surgeries.

    His parents aren’t sure exactly how many there have been, but the boy counts 65. He thinks 100 is a good number.

    Jennifer and her husband, Shawn, both sergeants first class with the U.S. Army Human Resource Command, did not know until their son’s birth that anything was wrong.

  • Richardson: 'Heartland Festival needs boost'

    Brad Richardson believes the Kentucky Heartland Festival needs a “boost” as the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce starts conversations with Elizabethtown city and tourism officials about the festival’s uncertain future.  

    Richardson, executive director of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, said many questions are in limbo as the chamber backs the creation of a festival commission to start managing community events and festivals so it can shift focus to small business initiatives and economic development.

  • NAACP promotes unified front at Freedom Fund Banquet

    The Hardin County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated a milestone this weekend by calling for unity to tackle social injustices and local needs.

    The Hardin County NAACP hosted its 20th annual Freedom Fund Banquet on Saturday at Fort Knox’s Leader’s Club, in which members renewed its purpose in fighting for equality while recognizing with awards those who have played an integral role in its mission.

  • Senior life: Listen to caregivers

    You meet someone in passing, at a store or on the street, and ask how he or she is doing. But instead of waiting and really listening for the reply, you keep walking, not giving their reply the full thought or attention it deserves.
    Were you really interested in how the individual actually was or were you just using social manners? What would the response had been if you had actually stopped and given full attention to the other person’s situation?