• Summer vacation will bring a trip far beyond the U.S. coast for two Central Hardin High School students.

    Senior Brett Rafn and junior Cole Overman will travel to Australia and New Zealand this summer to take part in the 2014 Down Under Sports wrestling tournament. Rafn and Overman were invited to compete and are working to raise money to fund the trip.


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    The first impression people get of your home is often the front door. Christmastime is no exception and the wreath you place on the door affects the overall look of the home.  

    “Your door is basically your Christmas card to the world,” Beth White of Elizabethtown Florist said.

    What you put on your door can make a statement about you to the outside world, she said.

    Most people tend to pick things they like and don’t have criteria on how to use those choices, she said.


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    Gone are the days when Johnny wants a pair of skates and Susie a sled. A child’s Christmas list has become more complex.

    With so many toy options out there it’s sometimes hard to decide what to give the kids on your list each year. Not to mention, if you are not familiar with today’s toys you might need an interpreter.

    Here’s a look at what The Toy Insider named hot toys this season and some advice from local children who have compiled their own Christmas lists.


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    Black Friday brings a lot of sales and deals for the consumer willing to brave the early hours and boisterous crowds, and taking heed of a few tips can make the trek more productive.


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    If finding that special gift is causing headaches this holiday season, consider the gift of learning.

    Music, art, crafts and other classes can be just the thing for that hard-to-buy-for person on your gift list.

    Giving a gift certificate to an art, craft or music class or offering to pay for a class of the recipient’s choice is an option some should consider exploring.

    Hardin County provides a number of opportunities for giving such gifts.


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    A traditional Christmas song lists turtle doves, swans and geese among the gifts given by the songwriter, but those considering giving live gifts this holiday season should give careful consideration to the idea.

    A quick online search reveals many, if not most, animal groups and other organizations advise against giving animals as gifts, suggesting such pets often end up unwanted and discarded at shelters.


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    If you’ve been shopping anywhere this year you’ve noticed an increase in camouflage on the shelves.

    Part of this is because of the popularity of hunting but a bigger reason has to do with the boys in West Monroe, La., on A&E’s “Duck Dynasty.”

    And don’t forget Hardin County’s military connection also makes camo popular in this area.

  • Growing up in St. Louis, Alanna Graham saw what it meant to be in need.

    “I saw a lot of homeless people,” Graham, 14, said.

    When she was as young as 6, her mother had her help charitable groups prepare Thanksgiving and Christmas baskets for those in need.

    After moving to Elizabethtown in 2010, Arvella Graham has continued arranging for her daughter to volunteer, most often for the BackPack Program at Feeding America, Kentucky’s Heartland.

  • In May, the 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division cased their colors in preparation to deploy to Afghanistan and serve as Combined Task Force Duke.

    Some soldiers from the unit are expected to begin returning to Fort Knox at the end of this month, said Maj. Taya Grace, Brigade Public Affairs, 3/1.

  • United Way of Central Kentucky 2013 Project United

    North Park Elementary School in Racliff

    Vote for the room you think had the best makeover here.

  • Music has long been an outlet for Lander Ryan, and he works weekly to give the ability of artistic expression to others.

    An Elizabethtown High School junior, Ryan recently was awarded a Kohl’s Cares award based on his volunteer hours around the community, specifically at Panther Place, an after-school care program in Elizabethtown Independent Schools.

  •  “The spider's web: She finds an innocuous corner in which to spin her web. The longer the web takes, the more fabulous its construction. She has no need to chase. She sits quietly, her patience a consummate force; she waits for her prey to come to her on their own, and then she ensnares them, injects them with venom, rendering them unable to escape. Spiders – so needed and yet so misunderstood.” 

  • Elizabethtown High School freshman Clayton Roederer has big dreams that are created from his own imagination.

    He plans on not only developing his own comic book based on characters he has developed but also hopes to produce a television show from puppets he has designed.

    Roederer began showing a talent for drawing at a young age.

  • Jay DuPlessis, who will be a senior at Elizabethtown High School, wears many hats in his life. Soccer, Eagle Scouts, history and faith all come together to complete DuPlessis.

    He’s done it all without letting a stutter in his speech get in the way.

    The upcoming seasons will be his third as manager of the EHS girls soccer team and fourth year managing  basketball.

    “I love being around the players,” he said.

  • The smell of fresh rain lingered in the air as Judge Kelly Mark Easton stood beneath the cover of a tree June 10 on Fort Hill. He watched as a University of Kentucky researcher pushed a four-wheeled radar device across the thick grass of the cemetery at Fort Duffield.

    “It’s not very exciting to watch,” said Philip Mink, an archaeologist and anthropologist with UK. “It’s like mowing the grass.”

  • The shop on the corner of Hawkins Drive and Valley Creek Road has attracted a variety of visitors during its 46 years of operation, and Elmer Hicks is one big reason.

    As owner of Hicks Repair Service, Hicks, 88, has received visits from customers looking for lawn mower parts, friends looking for conversation over cups of strong coffee and even a rooster with a fondness for cherry tomatoes.