Today, Ash Wednesday, marks the first day of Lent. It’s the six-and-a-half weeks before Easter characterized by introspection as preparation for celebrating the resurrection of Christ on that day.

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The day of March 5, 2019, is a date that will forever beset Anita Chambers of Elizabethtown. On that day, her son, Brandon took his life. A student at Central Hardin High School, Brandon was just 14.

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If Jescanta Lucas of Elizabeth­town had a tag line for her life story, she said it would read “Be your own kind of beautiful.” It is a simple sentiment, but one that encapsulates the journey Lucas has been on throughout the past two years though her newfound career in modeling.

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Whether it was service throughout her more than 30-year career in the military or through her many community involvements, retired Lt. Col. Terry Owens always has emphasized care for others.

If anyone was named perfectly for their profession. it’s Violette McMurtry. The 69-year-old has spent most of her life in the floral business. She’s currently the owner of Sonora Florist and is active in the Sonora community.

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Since she was a toddler watch­ing her mother play piano, Juli­enne Wilkes of Elizabethtown has had a deep love of music. Now, she spends her time sharing that joy with others.