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  • Bridal guidelines for a smooth show

    SHOW INFO
    A 40-page special section previewing the annual Bridal Showcase will be inside Friday's edition of The News-Enterprise. The free event is scheduled from noon to 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Pritchard Community Center in Elizabethtown.

    The wedding planning season is in full swing - and bridal expos are headed to the Louisville area in the coming weeks! Your Better Business Bureau has helpful tips for future brides and bridesmaids attending a show.

  • Surprised by a daughter's prayer

    “Why don’t you go with me?”

    I asked my daughter to accompany me to the Abby of Gethsemani. She was home with us for a few days during the Christmas holidays, visiting from New York City. Mary had been to Gethsemani with me before.

    “Sure, I’d love to,” was her ready response.

  • Redistricting means less than experience

    Political shenanigans take place once a decade as legislators in power attempt to gain an advantage by redrawing district boundaries in ways considered beneficial to the interests of their allies.

    Recent decisions in Frankfort that turn the map of Hardin County into a jigsaw puzzle are nothing new. Complaints about having the county's influence diluted, seeing precincts sliced into three pieces or Radcliff split into four districts are not new.

  • For Tim Tebow, it's all in the numbers

    “Why can’t you do something like that?” My friend jokingly posed that question to me while we were waiting for a church deacons meeting to begin.

  • Managing the stress of caregiving

    Stress. It’s amazing what a small, six-letter word can do to a person’s physical, mental and emotional health. We have all felt stress at different times, and know the havoc it can cause, from the headaches to the ulcers to the fits of uncontrollable crying.

    For many of us, and especially for the caregivers of a loved one with a chronic illness such as Alzheimer’s disease, negative stress often is the leader of other undesirable feelings. Stress, along with guilt, despair and anxiety quickly can eat away at a family caregiver’s entire being.

  • Struggling with what you choose not to do

    Very often, the most difficult question is not what to put in the newspaper but what to leave out.
    Despite being pummeled by rumors and cries of outrage, the newsroom staff made what I consider a difficult yet appropriate decision in October. I couldn’t tell you about it then because it involved Natalie Gentry, an Elizabethtown resident and LaRue County High School teacher.
    She was charged with sexual abuse Thursday, almost three months after she was discharged by the school district.

  • 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.

  • When alone time becomes uncomfortable

    The house never seems more empty than after the holidays.

    All the Christmas clutter is gone and decorations stowed again on basement shelves. But that doesn't account for the emotional emptiness.

    The kids and grandkids also are gone. Somehow, an after-holiday home seems a lot less homey.

    As a person who always has cherished "alone time," it's surprising to realize how quickly solitude can swell into sorrow. Why does being alone sound so inviting when a shade too much of it is so very lonely?

  • Do a friend a favor while stamping out cervical cancer

    If a vaccine existed to prevent breast cancer, women would be going in droves to their doctors’ offices to get it and they would encourage everyone they know to get vaccinated as well. That’s what women do for each other.

    Today, there is only one anti-cancer vaccine available to humans. This vaccine prevents more than 90 percent of a kind of cancer that has killed hundreds of Kentucky women in the last decade. A kind of cancer that kills 10 women each day in the United States. A kind of cancer that is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths worldwide.

  • When children need help, don't be a bystander

    Over the past few months, a great deal of media attention has been focused on Kentucky’s troubled child welfare system and, more specifically and disturbing, on child deaths at the hands of trusted caregivers and family members.

    As Kentucky lawmakers wrestle with the issue of how to craft laws to prevent child abuse and death, the rest of us shake our heads in collective disbelief and shame. We as a society allow our most vulnerable and precious citizens to suffer such outrageous and horrifying maltreatment despite our individual better judgment and good intentions.