Today's News

  • Learning to weather the storms

    As I lay in bed listening to my home groan with the gusts of wind that pressed against it, I had to remind myself it’s that time of year.

    Along with spring come the rain, wind and threat of severe weather.

    I’d like to think I’ve gotten used to it after all these years, but, in truth, I think the reverse is actually true.

    The more I’ve learned things over the years, the easier it is for my mind to reel with possibilities.

  • Jurors to judge in Burke case: We can't reach a verdict

    Jurors considering the fate of accused killer Brent Burke were unable to come to a unanimous decison Monday night, and for the second time in the last nine months, a mistrial has been issued in the case against the former U.S. Army sergeant.

    Burke is accused of killing his estranged wife, Tracy Burke, and her former mother-in-law, Karen Comer, in 2007 in Rineyville.

    The jury reported just before 8 p.m. Monday to Circuit Judge Kelly Mark Easton that they could not come to an agreement. 

  • Will UK freshmen stay or go?

    ISSUE: UK basketball freshmen class
    OUR VIEW: Players should do what is best for themselves

    Now that the college basketball season has ended for the University of Kentucky, the question being shouted out on message boards and talk shows is this: How many, if any, of Kentucky’s highly touted group of freshmen will exit?

    For guards Brandon Knight and Doron Lamb and forward Terrence Jones, the next few months could be filled with plenty of drama surrounding their Wildcat futures.

  • Elizabethtown photographer part of Governor's Derby Exhibit

    Elizabethtown photographer David Toczko is among 26 artists selected to participate in the Governor’s Derby Exhibit at the Capitol Rotunda through May 10.

    Toczko’s entry, “Fulling Mill Falls,” depicts a waterfall.

    The Kentucky Arts Council coordinated the spring-themed show that includes paintings, lithographs and photographs. It is part of the Governor’s Derby Celebration.

    Toczko’s work was selected from more than 200 entries.

  • My Kitchen, Your Recipe: Pork with Parsnips and Pears

    A couple of months ago, one of my co-workers, Sarah Berkshire, was talking about this recipe that she was going to have for supper that night. It was Pork with Parsnips and Pears, and it was a crockpot recipe, so it was cooking while she was working. It sounded so good, that I asked her for the recipe.

    She told me later, that although the recipe says you can cook it on the high-heat setting for 5½ to 6 hours, it was much better when she tried cooking it overnight for 11 to 12 hours on the low-heat setting.

  • Project Princess provides girls with special prom

    Some area volunteers think prom should be a special night for every girl.

    That includes those who can’t or won’t spend hundreds of dollars on dresses, shoes, hair, makeup and accessories.

    Project Princess was born out of a mission to make sure that all girls get that special prom, said Tiffany Gilpin, a coordinator for the event.

    “It’s just about helping your neighbor, your sister,” she said.

  • Former 'American Idol' contestant special guest at concert

    A variety of musical acts, including an “American Idol” contestant and a co-star from a Conway Twitty musical, will kick off the sixth season of Glen Rice Family and Friends Musical Concert Series at 7 p.m. Friday.

    The concert will be held at Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School and features music including country, gospel, oldies, Elvis, bluegrass, jazz, classical and original compositions.

  • UK fans rally for atmosphere, community

    It was hard to see any article of clothing at Beef ‘O’ Brady’s in Elizabethtown on Saturday night that didn’t feature University of Kentucky colors or logos.

    Fans jostled around the restaurant, and most people who had a table had claimed that territory about four hours before the University of Kentucky vs. University of Connecticut game began.

  • Job outlook bleak for Quasimodo

    Modern technology has simplified the job of church bell ringing. But it also has taken away some of the amusement.

    For instance, the Rev. Chuck Walker said beginning monks at the seminary he attended were tasked with ringing the bells – a stressful job, because they’d get into trouble with the abbot if they didn’t toll the variously toned chimes in exactly the right way at the right time of day.

    The monks, though, talked about what fun it was to swing on the ropes, said Walker, pastor of St. James Catholic Church in Elizabethtown.

  • Upton company promotes native grass

    Very few Kentucky lawns are coated with the types of grass that grew in the state when settlers came.

    Consumers hauling major name-brand bags of grass seed home aren’t sowing those native grasses, either.

    Bermuda grass, St. Augustine grass and even Bluegrass came along with new settlers to suit their European lawn tastes.

    The prairie codgrass, switchgrass and other native grasses that sprang up in the state since time beyond memory was replaced or grazed by cattle down to dusty, barren fields.

    An Upton company wants to change that.