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Community News

  • ‘Amish Country’ tour planned for March 19

    Stephen Brown of Hodgenville is planning a group tour to “Amish Country” Montgomery, Ind. March 19. The cost is $60 and includes a home-cooked sit-down meal with an Amish or Mennonite family.

    The bus departs from First Baptist Church of Hodgenville at 7 a.m. Tour includes farms where they are making furniture the traditional way, fabric and quilting, jams and jellies, and traditional farming methods. Return about 6 p.m.

    For more information, contact the LaRue County Chamber of Commerce at 358-3411 or Brown at 270-307-0150.

    Payment is due by March 12.

  • Avoid ID theft during the census

    The Census will be mailed to 134 million households by mid March. The Census counts everyone in the place where they live and sleep most of the time. So, for each person, the form asks for their name, gender, age, race, ethnicity and relationship. It also asks whether you rent or own a home. The 2010 Census does not ask for your immigration status, income, or tax information and will never ask for your social security number or bank account.

  • Many ties that bind a community make it strong

    The idea of community has been one that has long been of interest to me.

    One of the definitions I found was: “A group of interacting organisms sharing an environment. In human communities, intent, belief, resources, preferences, needs, risk and other conditions may be present, affecting the identity of the participants and their degree of cohesiveness.

  • Land named music professor of the year

    Dr. Reese Land, assistant professor of trumpet and music at Campbellsville University, recently received the award for College/University Professor of the Year from the Kentucky Music Educators Association in the fourth district.

    Land has worked at CU for three years now, and on top of being a trumpet instructor he also teaches courses in music appreciation and brass methodology.

  • Veterans Upward Bound has openings

    Veterans Upward Bound at Western Kentucky University has openings in its free veteran education program.

    Veterans who have better than a dishonorable discharge are welcome to join the program to attend these free classes.

    An application is required before attending. Prior participants do not have to reapply but should call to reactivate their membership. Contact (270) 745-5310 or veterans.upward.bound@wku.edu for more details.

    All Veterans Upward Bound classes are free and are designed to help veterans prepare to college or vocational/technical school.

  • The hearty truth about triglycerides

    Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of men and women in the United States. In fact, more women die every year from heart disease than all cancers combined, including breast cancer. How do triglycerides fit into this picture? Just like cholesterol, high triglycerides increase the risk of developing heart disease.

  • Think twice before using high-rate refund anticipation loans

    Instead of waiting for tax refunds from the Internal Revenue Service, nearly 10 million consumers, many from low- to moderate-income families, borrow against part or all of their expected tax refunds. These refund loans are heavily marketed by paid tax preparers and immediately put cash into the consumer’s hands, making it seem to be a quick and “painless” way to get cash. The quick cash comes at a price, however.

  • Good dental care begins at birth

    Because we want our children to have beautiful healthy smiles for a lifetime, start early to ensure their future dental health. The following tips and guidelines will put your children on the path to a lifetime of healthy habits.

  • Lincoln Trail offers training opportunities

    Lincoln Trail Career Centers encourage dislocated and unemployed workers in LaRue County to register for short-term training opportunities. Financial assistance is available for LaRue County residents who qualify. The Centers work with local agencies, learning centers and universities to provide affordable education for people wishing to boost their current skills or re-train for a new career. Partners include the Department for Adult Education and Literacy, the Office of Employment and Training, Kentucky Community and Technical Colleges and St. Catharine College.

  • Diabetes on the rise - are you at risk?

    In 2005, about 8.9 percent of Kentucky’s adult population had been diagnosed with diabetes. Diabetes is the number one cause of disability for Kentuckians and the fifth leading cause of death by disease. Among the 50 states, Kentucky ranks seventh for having the highest number in the adult population diagnosed with diabetes.

    The cost of diabetes in both life and medical care is alarming. In 2002 about 2.9 billion dollars was spent on treating diabetes in Kentucky. Preventing this catastrophic disease is a priority.