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