Elizabethtown, Kentucky, KY
At Home in the Heartland
Oct 18-23 2010
Here in Kentucky’s sixth most-populous county is the face of changing Americana. Elizabethtown is a community of contrasts. To the west is a tangle of merging highways, motels and fast-food restaurants. To the east and south are rustic villages and rolling farms. Seemingly endless change gives the city a polarized identity, but E-Town’s residents have created a quiet hometown in the midst of bustle.
A Class Act
by Chris Wilson
To her students, Jan Raine is a focused and attentive guide, connecting them to a world of learning.
A quiet life
by Zack Conkle
For Janice and Austin Cook of Hardin County boredom is not a familiar concept.
Blended family time
by Adam Reynolds
Before the rising sun cuts through autumn’s morning chill the Hale household is abuzz with activity.
Blessings and sacrifice
by Jessica Scott
Sister Michael is the principal of St. James School, Hardin County’s only Catholic school.
Building a Family
by Lindsay Fendt
“Getting Carissa was about me becoming a mom and fulfilling my dream.”
Co-piloting a business
by Elizabeth Frantz
Roger and Anne Lawson have owned Elizabethtown Flying Service Inc. for 38 years.
Collecting his thoughts
by Karen Evans
David Willmoth, three-term mayor and lifelong resident of Elizabethtown, arrived last to a lunch meeting of the Hardin County United Governance Subcommittee.
Community eatery reopened
by Victoria Taylor
Michelle Bowen grew up enjoying the deep-fried fries, cheesy burgers and creamy milkshakes the community cherishes.
by Bailey Hall
Elizabethtown High School senior Hillari Caso and her mother Lari Caso savored every moment leading up the the school’s homecoming football game.
Cultivating the past
by Joseph Abell
The barn that Steve Wooden and his father built 20 years ago still stands, just like the one his grandfather built years before.
Cup o' Jo
by John Heisel
In the cold, in the dark, 10 feet from a roaring stream of northbound trucks, Jo Emary commenced another day of campaigning.
by Brittany Sowacke
The halls of Lincoln Trail Elementary School in Elizabethtown ring with one name – Erin. Teachers, bus drivers, custodians and schoolmates of all ages greet her with happy shouts and high-fives.
by Kaitlin Keane
Richard Ray learned Wednesday his best friend is dying.
by Cooper Neill
After an erratic career as a young freelance artist, Rich Griendling found success.
by David Toczko
Delores Copelin, 61, is now her own boss. She took over the family business about a decade ago.
Farming a legacy
by Derek Poore
The oil was all over the place, but Steve Rogers smiled.
by Russell Kuhner
It took being laid off for Sherri McIntosh to explore her dream career. Tireless and passionate about teaching, Sherri opened Art Smart on North Mulberry Street in Elizabethtown in 2008.
Francis & Johnnie; Cuts above
by Katherine Vance
Johnnie and Francis Simpson are more than just barbers.
Game Day at Central Hardin
by Gino Siller
“Let’s go defense!” echoes from the stands at Central Hardin High School stadium.
by Carlos Moreno
Mitchell Henry wears number 85 when he plays wide receiver for the Elizabethtown High School football team.
Gas up, chill out
by Sam English
Upton is a community where people wave to each other and to those just passing through.
by Josh Mauser
After learning the piano when she was younger, Lorinda wanted to know more.
In Sickness and in Health
by Alyssa Orr
Ted and Darlene Zaehringer have been married for 43 years.
by Armando Sanchez
Surrounded by towering objects and daunting distances, Joshua explores with earnest and wonder.
Labor of love
by Julia Walker Thomas
Steve and Debbie Caswell knew something was different about their daughter.
Light, Labor, and Learning
by Ryan Stone
Hardin County offers nearly endless opportunities to explore the beauty nearby.
by Joshua Boucher
Masayo Emke takes a piece of origami paper and begins folding a crane.
by Arkasha Stevenson
For the past four months, the Beverly family has lived in Elizabethtown hotels.
On Dad’s Farm
by Kirsten Aguilar
When Jonathan Knight starts talking about his son, his demeanor turns calm, and his voice dials down — quiet, slow, contemplative.
Parents wait for answer
by Emma Tannenbaum
Unlike other 9 year olds, Matthew has had to overcome odds stacked against him.
by Dustin Chambers
Regena Senay, a widow for 25 years now, searched for a “place” in the world for seven years after her husband’s death.
Preparing for the end
by Jessica Seifert
Ten years ago, Russell Hargan began to assemble the frames of the caskets that will eventually hold him and his wife.
by J. Barrett Griffin
Pam Adams, 54, operates a dog kennel and training school at her 11-acre farm in Rineyville.
by Melissa Keeley
This is a fabric junkie’s fantasy, a quilter’s dream come true.
by Amanda Davidson
On past Christmas Eves, about 75 people would squeeze into Mamie Sallee’s small, White Mills farmhouse to celebrate as a family.
by Caitlyn Greene
In 1971, Kenny Albert climbed up in the big chair at Estle Vowels’ barbershop.
by Samantha Rainey
Like many 10-year-olds, Talon Spell likes playing outside, riding bikes, and video games.
Teacher, sister, friend
by Wesley Bacon
Every weekday evening, Lara Beard, a special education teacher, walks the trails hidden within the trees at her home in Elizabethtown.
by Uday Khambadkone
Pam Harper does not call or send emails. She goes to see people when she needs to get something done.
The Long Journey Home
by Gaily Ligaiya Romero
Gertrude broke her right hip on her 90th birthday, the night before her big party.
The State of Grace: aging gracefully
by Scott Clark
Family is important to Grace Deaton.
The talk of the town
by Kelly Lafferty
When Thelma Willow makes the rounds to All Of Us, a Vine Grove restaurant that is one of her regular hangouts, eating isn’t necessarily her priority.
by Katie Englert
Penny Edwards runs the Animal Refuge Center in Vine Grove.
Six thousand miles close
by Michael Conti
Isaiah Watkins gets long-distance support from his mother, Tricia, an Army medic in Iraq.
by Stephanie Klein-Davis
High school student Terry Skaggs finds refuge in music.
Gone to the dogs
by Amie Dworecki
Diane Shoffner and Judy Drake build a business with their love of dogs.
by Chris Langer
Matthew Pinkham builds a country music career while battling bone disease.
My forever family
by Margaret Cheatham Williams
High School senior B.J. Ball is making a career in music.
The station master of Somewhere
by Allison Shelley
Mike Cummins runs The Whistle Stop restaurant in Glendale.
Messenger of hope
by Rebecca Barnett
Teofilo Pino ministers to Elizabethtown's Hispanic community.
Labor of love
by Katie Falkenberg
Richard Groeling encouraged his wife, Debbie, to follow her passion.
by Sara Lewkowicz
Cosmetology student Jason Langley works to rebuild his life.
by Shaminder Dulai
Single father Jamie Gray and his daughter form a close bond through adversity.
by Cassie Brooks
Jodi Johnson and her grandmother, Oneta Brooks, have a close bond.
Leave Without Absence
by Leslye Davis
Chris Jensen prepares for his fourth deployment and its stress on his family.
by Katye Martens
Mother-of-three Brandy Bumpas didn’t expect her life to speed up once her career slowed down.
by Scott Julian
Father and son have differing views on whether their way of life can continue.
by Jesse Neider
Terry Wimp explores his freedom and mentors those who have lost theirs.